Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Migration picking up, but immigrant unemployment rising

The Internation Migration Outlook report of 2013, published on 13 June 2013, indicates Migration within the European Union rose by 15%, following a decline of almost 40% during the crisis. The trend of people leaving countries hardest hit by the crisis is accelerating, up by 45% from 2009 to 2011.

The number of Greeks and Spaniards moving to other EU countries has doubled since 2007, reaching 39,000 and 72,000 respectively. Germany saw a 73% increase of Greek immigrants between 2011 and 2012, close to 50% for Spanish and Portuguese nationals and 35% for Italians.

Migration to the United States remained steady in 2011, rising by 2%. Italy saw a fall of the number of immigrants of 11% and immigration levels there are now 44% lower than in 2007.

But the job market situation has worsened sharply for immigrants, with unemployment rising by almost five percentage points between 2008 and 2012, compared with a 3 point jump among the native-born. Immigrant youth and the low-skilled have been worst hit. The impact was strongest on migrants from Latin America and North Africa.

Long-term unemployment has risen sharply among migrants. The share of unemployed immigrants in OECD countries who have been out of work for more than a year increased from 31% in 2008 to 44% in 2012. Cash-strapped governments should avoid cutting systematically on integration programmes, but concentrate on measures that provide the largest pay off, such as language and professional training, and focus on the most vulnerable groups, such as migrant youth, says the OECD

EU immigrants leave Germany within a year - The Local

EU immigrants leave Germany within a year - The Local: "Even though the employment situation in countries such as Greece and Spain has not improved, most of those who head to Germany soon leave again.

Figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) show that just half of the Greeks who came to Germany recently stayed for more than a year, while just a third of those who came from Spain lasted more than 12 months.

The number of immigrants from Greece rose by 73 percent between 2007 and 2011, while the numbers of Spaniards rose by nearly 50 percent over the same period. The number of Portuguese and Italians moving to Germany went up by 35 percent during that time.

"Preliminary figures for 2012 show a continuation of crisis-related migration from above all Greece and Spain," said the OECD in a statement.

The rise in immigration was stronger in Germany than any other OECD country, with an influx of 300,000 people in 2011, up by 68,000 on the previous year.

Those who arrived in Germany were increasingly likely to find jobs, with a five-percent rise in the rate of immigrants in work between 2008 and 2012 - a greater rise than that seen among people who already lived in Germany"


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