The IAB brain-drain data

The IAB data collection on international migration has been carried out within the framework of the TEMPO project (TEmporary Migration; integration and the role of POlicies); a European project financed by NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe); a partnership of 15 research councils established to increase cooperation in research and research policy in Europe. The project has the goal of extend the knowledge of the causes and consequences of international migration with particular focus on themes like temporary migration; migrants’ integration; and migration policies.

The IAB has been in charge of building a macro-dataset on international migration to 20 OECD destination countries by gender; country of origin and educational level; for the years 1980-2010 (5 years intervals). The above data collection has been carried out in cooperation with Abdeslam Marfouk (ULB; Brussels).

The figures provided in the dataset are aggregates computed from Census data of 20 OECD destination countries: Australia; Austria; Canada; Chile; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Ireland; Luxembourg; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Portugal; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom; and United States.


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Additional Info

Dataset ID IABBD
Data Frequency 5-years
Temporal Coverage Start 1980
Temporal Coverage End 2010
Spatial Coverage OECD
Mode Database
Data Type statistical
Accessed On 2017-01-31
Category international organization

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