Canada, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, and the UK top the list of OECD countries with the highest share of immigrants with university-level degrees—ranging from 40% in Luxembourg to 52% in Canada. A study out today by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says that in these five countries, higher degrees are substantially overrepresented among immigrants as compared to native-born people.
On the other side of the spectrum are immigrants in southern Europe and Turkey, where the majority have less education. Immigrants at the lower secondary school level account for more than 45% of all immigrants in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Finland, and Turkey.
Countries that actively recruit highly skilled migrants as part of their immigration policies—such as Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK—have seen that strategy pay dividends. The percentage of university-educated immigrants dramatically increased between 2000 and 2010 in these countries. Meanwhile, southern European countries (and Ireland) have seen the percentage of university-educated immigrants decline the most.