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Germany Top Migration Land After U.S. in New OECD Ranking

Germany has risen to become the world’s number two destination for permanent migration, overtaking the U.K. and Canada, after the sovereign-debt crisis spurred southern Europeans to leave home, according to a survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

While the U.S. still draws the most settlers, Germany jumped from eighth place in 2009 to second in 2012, with permanent migration rising 38 percent on the year, according to an OECD study entitled “Migration Policy Debates,” published today. Germany attracted 400,000 permanent immigrants in 2012.