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Where the world’s highly educated migrants come from?

There are millions of highly educated migrants in OECD countries – so where have they come from?

  • There are an estimated 120 million migrants living in OECD countries, with at least 30% of these people highly educated.
  • Of the more than million migrants in OECD countries from India, the share of those with high education status was nearly 65%.

OECD data reveals that there are around 120 million migrants living in OECD member countries. 30 to 35 percent of these migrants are considered highly educated, meaning they have received vocational or academic training. Among the most common birth countries for highly educated migrants, these shares are a lot higher, however.

For India, which topped the list as of 2015/16 with more than three million highly educated migrants in the OECD, the share of those considered of high education status was nearly 65 percent. China had a rate of 48.6 percent highly educated migrants in the OECD – or 2.25 million.

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Source: World Economic Forum