Europese topper: Switzerland 4 ( )

Nederland: 23 ( )

België: 28 ( )

Aantal landen opgenomen in de ranking: 31


Whereas the previous indices looked at labour market participation – employed people and jobseekers – this indicator measures the employment rate of the foreign-born population. The foreign-born employment rate is the proportion of working people in the foreign-born population aged between 15 and 64 years. Note that people are counted as being employed if they have worked at least 1 hour in the reference week.


Iceland retains top position with no less than 88.1% of the foreign-born population at work, a big lead over the rest. However, Switzerland is a more comparable country. Their foreign-born employment rate of 75.8% earns them a fourth place.

Belgium goes from third last to fourth last. About 56.5% of the foreign-born population is working. We are failing to get the Belgian population onto the labour market, are managing even worse for those born abroad, and, once in the labour market, we find it difficult to get them work. The Netherlands have an employment rate of 63% among the foreign population, good for the 23rd place.

OECD, “Foreign-Born Employment (Indicator)”

Year 2017
1 Iceland
2 Israel
3 Czech Republic
4 Switzerland
5 Portugal
6 Hungary
7 Canada
8 United Kingdom
9 Estland
10 United States
11 Luxembourg
12 Australia
13 Poland
14 Slovak Republic
15 Norway
16 Ireland
17 Germany
18 Latvia
19 Slovenia
20 Sweden
23 Netherlands
28 Belgium