Foreign talent

OECD Observer

Matching jobs and qualifications is never easy. Some people inevitably work in jobs for which they are overqualified, but the rate of overqualification is higher among foreign-born populations.

All countries want high-skilled immigrants, but in Italy and Greece, for instance, where immigrant overqualification is particularly high compared with native populations, workers are ready to accept unskilled jobs in the hope of moving upwards later. Immigrant overqualification is also relatively high in Norway and Sweden, though this reflects refugees rather than economic migrants.

While the native/foreign gap in overqualification rates is narrower in the UK and the US, these countries have respectively the fifth and seventh highest overqualification rates for native-born workers of the 21 countries in the graph.

See International Migration Outlook 2006, www.oecd.org/migration. See also “Racial gap”, in OECD Observer No 255, May 2006.

©OECD Observer No 257, October 2006




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