Measuring Integration of Immigrants
August 27, 2015World Bank, J Building, Room J-050

The integration of immigrants and their children is repeatedly mentioned as one of the main issues of concern in public opinion surveys in many countries. This topic is also high on the agenda of policy makers, both from an economic and a social standpoint. The active participation of immigrants in the labor market and, more generally, in public life is vital for ensuring social cohesion in the host country and the ability of migrants to function as autonomous, productive and successful citizens. There are many preconceptions about the actual integration outcomes of immigrants and their children. Against this backdrop, having reliable facts is a prerequisite for a better informed public debate and for improved targeted policy making.

Jean-Christophe Dumont will present the key results of the recent OECD/EU publication "Settling in: Indicators of immigrant integration 2015” that enables to look at the socio-economic performance of immigrants and their children across all OECD countries. These new data enable a comparison of how countries perform on about 30 indicators organized around five areas: employment, education and skills, social inclusion, civic engagement and social cohesion. Special focus is also on young people with an immigrant background, whose outcomes are often seen as the benchmark for the success or failure of integration.

Light lunch will be served.

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  • Speaker:
    Jean-Christophe Dumont

    Head of the International Migration Division in the Direction for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD since 2010. He joined the OECD Secretariat in 2000 to work on international migration issues. He oversees the OECD annual flagship publication on migration International Migration Outlook and of numerous publications on the economic impact of international migration as well as on migration management and the labour market integration of immigrants and their children in OECD countries. He has also worked on migration and development issues and on the international mobility of health workers. He holds a PhD in development economics from the University Paris IX-Dauphine and was a research fellow at Laval University, Quebec, Canada.
  • Discussant:
    Hanspeter Wyss

    Senior Program Officer at the World Bank's Development Economics - Prospects Group. In the Migration & Remittances team his responsibilities include the contribution to the implementation of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), primarily in the areas of environmental change and migration, migrants’ rights, integration in host communities, and gender. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), which is part of Switzerland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He holds a master degree in development economics (University of Zurich).
  • Chair:
    Dilip Ratha

    Lead Economist, Migration and Remittances Unit, and Head, Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) in the Development Prospects Group of the World Bank. He is the focal point for the World Bank’s Migration Working Group and the Diaspora Bond Task Force, and a co-coordinator of the (G8) Global Remittances Working Group. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. Dilip hosts People Move, a popular blog and can be followed on Twitter at @DilipRatha. His TED Talk "The hidden force in global economics: sending money home" has been viewed over a million times.
Event Details
  • Date: August 27, 2015
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
  • Location: World Bank, J Building, Room J-050
  • CONTACT: Malkiat Singh