OECD study finds Germany second most popular immigration destination


Commercial street in Hamburg, source spiegel.de

According to the OECD study “Migration Policy Debates: Is migrations really increasing?” published in May 2014, Germany is the second most popular immigration country within the OECD countries. In 2012 about 400.000 immigrants came to Germany. This is much more than the number of immigrants coming to the classical immigration countries Canada (258.000) and Australia (245.000).

For OECD migration expert Thomas Liebig, the 38 percent rise between 2011 and 2012 is a boom. Most of the immigrants are coming from Central and Eastern Europe, some from South Europe. According to the OECD the reason for being so attractive for immigrants is, above all, Germany’s good labour market situation in comparison to the difficult economic situation in the South European countries. Immigration is being encouraged by an easier access to the German labour market and the free movement of persons within the EU.

On average the immigrants are well qualified and contribute to reducing Germany’s current skilled professionals shortage .
In 2014 the introduction of free movement of persons coming from Romania and Bulgaria should increase the number of immigrants.

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