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Indicators of Immigrant Integration – Settling In 2015

On 2 July 2015, the European Commission (DG Migration and Home Affairs) and the OECD (International Migration Division) released "Indicators of Immigrant Integration – Settling In 2015". This joint report constitutes the first broad international comparison across all EU as well as OECD countries of the outcomes for migrants and their children and covers 34 key indicators in areas such as employment, education and skills, social inclusion, civic engagement and social cohesion.

In 2010, the EU Member States adopted, under the Spanish Presidency, common indicators to monitor the integration of third-country nationals in four areas: employment, education, social inclusion and active citizenship. Therefore, a specific chapter of the "Settling In 2015" report is devoted to the situation of third-country nationals in the European Union and can be used for the monitoring of the so called Zaragoza indicators.

In 2014, third-country nationals, with slightly less than 20 million persons, represented around 4% of the total population in the EU.

The majority of (working-age) third-country nationals residing in the EU were in employment (53.4%) though there was a persisting gap compared to host-country nationals (65.3%).

The report also says that almost one out of two (48.6%) third-country national was living in 2013 in a household at risk of poverty or social exclusion, compared to 22.9% among host country nationals.

The document also includes a special focus on young people with an immigrant background, whose outcomes are often seen as the benchmark for the success or failure of integration. Indeed, there are growing numbers of young people with immigrant parents in virtually all EU countries: in 2013, in the 22 EU and OECD countries for which data was available, nearly 20% of 15-34 year-olds was native-born with at least one immigrant parent or immigrated as a child. A further 9% arrived in the host country as adults.

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