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Differences in Immigration Patterns between the U.S. and Other OECD Nations
FRB of St. Louis
2024.05.09
With the largest immigrant population in the world, the U.S. is often considered unique. Yet other countries around the globe also have a sizable share of foreign-born people. A relevant question in this context is how U.S. immigration compares with that in similar advanced economies.
To answer it, we compare U.S. immigration patterns to those of other top immigrant-receiving nations belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). First, we note the size of nations’ immigrant pools in the latest available OECD data. Second, we focus on the top five immigrant-receiving OECD nations identified in this most recent data and examine the percentage of their foreign-born populations over time. Third, we see which source countries contribute the most immigrants to this set of top immigrant-receiving OECD nations. Finally, we look at the educational attainment of immigrants in these same top OECD recipient nations.