International migration is growing once again, having tailed off after the financial crisis, an OECD report released this week has found.

4.8 million people migrated permanently to OECD countries in 2015, a 10 per cent increase on 2014 and surpassing the previous record set in 2007.

The top three countries of origin in 2014 were China, followed by Romania and Poland – the numbers also factor in temporary arrivals.

Most of these migrants are moving to the US, which received more than one million migrants in 2014, followed by Germany which took in 574,500 new permanent migrants – a 23 per cent increase on the previous year.

Of course, Germany has a smaller population than the US, so if we accounted for that this chart would look very different.

The number of asylum seekers in OECD countries reached 1.65 million in 2015, roughly double the 2014 numbers.

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