It is estimated that 120 million migrants live in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, whom at least 30 percent are highly educated. Of the more than a million migrants from India in the OECD countries, the proportion of those with a high education status was almost 65%.
According to OECD data, approximately 120 million migrants live in OECD member countries. Of these migrants, 30 to 35 percent are pointed out to be highly educated, which means they have undergone vocational or academic training. However, these shares are far higher among the most common countries of birth for highly educated migrants.
The proportion of those considered to have highly educated was almost 65% for India, which had the highest figure in 2015-16 with over three million highly educated migrants in the OECD. In the OECD, China had a 48.6 percent rate of highly educated migrants, or 2.25 million.
The Philippines ranked third, behind the two largest countries in the world and ahead of the OECD list, naturally trading highly educated personnel back and forth with each other, especially within Europe. For a nation of just over 100 million people, 53.3 percent of Filipino immigrants to the OECD are considered highly qualified, taking the total to almost 1.9 million. The International Labor Organization finds in a paper on the Philippines that many of those highly qualified migrants, to OECD countries and elsewhere, were health care professionals, especially nurses. The government of the Philippines has at least temporarily stopped this brain drain due to the coronavirus pandemic by capping the deployment of newly recruited nurses at 5,000 per year.
The United States was chosen by about half of the Filipino migrants in the OECD, forming one of the most important migration corridors found by the OECD, behind Mexican and Indian immigration to the United States and before Polish immigration to Germany.