Launch of the OECD thematic review of migrant education

Migration is a key policy area of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Speech of Deputy Secretary-General Aart de Geus at the launch of the OECD Thematic Review on Migrant Education, Jan 21-22, 2008:

“The education of migrants is challenging and complex, not least because each migrant group has its own distinctive history. And so does each country, where often, different layers are built up.

Migration is one of the Organisation’s central priorities. Indeed it is a topic that comes up regularly at Ministerial Council and other high level meetings and will continue to do so. So you can help us — your work over the next year or so will help policymakers across the OECD understand better how to tackle migration challenges effectively – through education. The patterns of migration differ from country to country and can change over time – perhaps reflecting shifts in policy or maybe other factors. However, one thing is clear. No matter which scenario we take, international migration is here to stay”.

Country Notes and Background Reports will be available soon on the OECD Migrant Education website.