The first ever drop in permanent migrant inflow was recorded in 2008 in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) region. This trend was seen to be rising in 2009 as per the Migration Outlook 2010 of OECD. The report has stated a warning for all the rich nations which was that the contributors to the national economy were immigrants during the good times and so, immigrants should be viewed as burden during the bad times.
Off all the immigrants, the migrant youth had been affected by the recent economic crisis and had lost jobs at a much higher rate than the locals. More so, these immigrants found it harder to find a new job. With this, it had been seen that many countries had brought about amendments in their immigration policies especially catering to workforce and family immigration.
On the other hand, the ageing population along with the needs of the labor market arising post recession, it is but obvious that the rich and the developed nation would require migrant workforce catering to both high skilled as well as low skilled jobs.
In 2008, it was noticed that permanent immigration dropped by around six percent. This was after five long years with an average annual growth of eleven percent. This decline was seen to be continuing in 2009. With this, temporary immigration has also reduced for two simultaneous years. At the same time, the number of refugees rose from nations such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Serbia.
It has also been observed that the rate of international students has been growing in the OECD region. This increase can be considered as more than double between the period of 2000 and 2007. Off these, about twenty percent in tertiary education stay put after finishing their studies.
Indians continue to the third largest group of immigrants in the OECD region. It is obvious that this rate is growing further reaching almost four percent. However, this is still much less than the number of Chinese immigrating. Chinese are following by Poland which came into picture in the last five years which has led to the easing of restrictions pertaining to labor with in the European Union.