Thomas Liebig, International Migration Division, OECD
Comment: Gunilla Fincke, Expert Council on Integration and Migration (SVR)
Chair: Heino von Meyer, Head, OECD Berlin Centre
By 2020, in the absence of migration, age-related exits from the working-age population will on average across the OECD be almost 30% higher than entries. In Germany they will be even 75% higher. At the same time, as skills needs are growing with recovery and the globalisation of the economy, concerns about "skills shortages" are becoming widespread. What role is there for labour migration in this context? The presentation will review recent key trends in labour migration and its management among OECD countries. It also highlights the challenges faced by OECD countries in attracting, retaining and integrating skilled migrants. It builds on the main findings from the OECD International Migration Outlook and related work.
Thomas Liebig joined the International Migration Division of the OECD’s Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs in Paris in 2004. He is currently working as migration specialist on the analysis of migration trends, the management of labour migration and the integration of immigrants and their children. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of St.Gallen.
Gunilla Fincke is the Director of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR-Migration) a Berlin based think-tank. Her areas of expertise are migration regimes and the integration of the second generation. She holds a Ph.D. from Free University Berlin. In 2003-05 she has been a McCloy-Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.
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