Migration Policy Debates and Data Briefs



In 4 pages, the Migration Policy Debates offer a comprehensive overview of latest developments in policies that deal with migration management and integration.

The Migration Data Briefs bring statistical evidence from recent trends.

The Inform series are jointly published by the OECD and the European Migration Network (EMN).

The Policy Briefs bringing together data, analysis and recommendations address current issues in migration policy.

  • How to strengthen the integration of migrant women? (MPD No. 25, November 2020) This edition summarises OECD work on how to strengthen the integration of migrant women. It provides an overview of challenges faced by migrant women, notably those in family migration pathways. It depicts migrant women’s education level, their labour market integration, their reconciliation of work and family life as well as the associations with the outcomes of children of migrants and attitudes on gender equality and includes a number of policy implications.
  • Maintaining labour migration in essential sectors in times of pandemic (Inform No. 3, October 2020) This brief examines whether workers in certain occupational sectors – essential or otherwise – were exempted from general mobility restrictions at the external and internal borders of the EU or in non-EU OECD countries, resulting from policies to contain the pandemic.
  • What improves the sustainability of the reintegration component in AVRR? (MPD No. 24, October 2020) This edition summarises the key finding of the first OECD multi country peer review of reintegration assistance, including Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programmes (AVRR), in 8 destination countries and 3 origin countries. The review looks at the conditions under which these programmes can not only support the sustainable reintegration of individual returning migrants but satisfy broader policy goals affecting host and origin communities.
  • What are the Possible Policy Responses to Future Irregular Migration? (MPD No. 22, January 2020) This edition provides a comprehensive review of alternative approaches for the prevention and deterrence of irregular migration. Many of these approaches are widely implemented, while some are recent and still under development. Others hold promise for addressing future challenges.
  • How to make Labour Migration Management Future-Ready?  (MPD No. 21, January 2020) This edition outlines a number of innovations in labour migration management as well as their implementation scope. It aims to support policy makers in analysing, developing and applying their own innovative approaches to managing labour migration.
  • How resilient were OECD health care systems during the “refugee crisis”? (MPD No.17, November 2018). This edition reviews current challenges and good practices for making OECD health systems more resilient in the face of a refugee crisis, drawing from a debate at a joint OECD, the World Bank and the Center for Mediterranean Integration conference on “Human Resources for Health (HRH): Integration of Refugees into Host Community Health Systems”.
  • Can we anticipate future migration flows? (MPD No.16, June 2018). This edition brings key lessons learnt from the joint EASO-OECD conference “From panic to planning: unpacking the policy toolbox to anticipate migration trends” (Paris, June 2016) for improving information systems to reinforce the preparedness of reception and management systems.
  • Migrant women and European labour markets (MDB No.1, December 2017). This Migration Data Brief explores how migration has shaped the labour force in European countries during the period 2005-2015, paying a special attention to the contribution of migrant women. 
  • Can we put an end to human smuggling? (MPD No.9, December 2015). This edition scrutinises the factors that facilitate human trafficking, as well as the smuggling routes to OECD countries. It synthesises available evidence and reviews existing policy tools for tackling such crime.


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