International Migration - Migrants and Work


Visit a hospital in a typical developed country and you will quickly see the roles played by migrants – everything from performing surgery to washing floors. Migrants can be a key addition to the workforce, even if their presence may sometimes be resented and they are not always able to make the best use of their skills.

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Chapter 5 looks at the track record of immigrants in the jobs market – the numbers who find work and the numbers who are doing jobs that don’t match their qualifications. It then looks at the impact of immigrants on local workers, and whether they bring benefits to the economy, before examining the obstacles immigrants face in finding work, and policies that can help to lower some of these barriers.

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Did You Know?
Newer waves of immigrants are more likely to have third-level qualifications than their predecessors. However, while the education levels of immigrant job seekers are rising in most OECD countries, they’re not rising as fast as those of natives, meaning the qualifications gap between migrants and natives is tending to grow.

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