Europe Is Destination Of Choice For Expats and Refugees

European countries are facing a huge influx of expats and migrants, according to a new report.

The United states is the world’s favourite destination, followed by Germany and UK.

Seven out of the top 10 expat destinations are in Europe – with Germany and the UK joined by France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Outside of Europe, Canada and Australia make up the top 10.

In Asia, Japan and South Korea rank 14 and 15.

New Zealand is 17 and Mexico, the only Central or South American country  in the listing takes the last place in the top 20.

Although refugees accounted for most of the migration, says the report International Migration Outlook 2017, from the Organisation of Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), a trend is growing for businesses within Europe to send employees to other European Union states on local contracts.

Cross-border workers

Some 1.5 million workers were sent across EU borders in 2015, the last year figures are available for.

International students also boosted the numbers, with a record more than 1.5 residence permits issued to expats in further education.

The EU was the destination for 1.6 million families in 2015, who represented 40% of the global flow of migrants.

“Improving the integration of immigrants and their children, including refugees, is vital to delivering a more prosperous, inclusive future for all,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

“While integration is largely a domestic issue, better cooperation at the international level is key to make the progress required and address negative perceptions against migration, which are often rooted in a misconception of the benefit that migrants can bring to recipient countries.”

Top destinations for expats and migrants

RankCountryInflows of foreigners (000)Inflow as share of populationForeign born population (000)
1United States 10510.343290
2Germany6860.911453
3United Kingdom3790.68988
4Canada2720.87287
5France2560.47952
6Australia2260.96711
7Spain1950.46109
8Italy1610.35907
9Netherlands1470.92057
10Switzerland1311.62416
11Austria1031.21595
12Sweden1031.11676
13Belguim1020.91877
14Japan820.1-
15Korea810.2-
16Denmark671.2541
17New Zealand551.21108
18Norway541772
19Ireland360.8789
20Mexico3401007

Source: Organisation of Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

Europe Is Destination Of Choice For Expats and Refugees
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