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OECD: France is not attractive enough to lure skilled workers

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France has been criticized for not being attractive enough to skilled workers from outside the European Union in a new study which says the French government "must do more."

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To attract skilled workers and meet the needs of the labor market, France must "modernize and improve" its economic immigration system, said the study by the global economics organization, the OECD.

Economic immigration of non-EU nationals remains low in France by international standards, with skilled foreign workers from outside the EU accounting for just 16 percent of immigrants in France compared to 10 percent in 2010.

France ranks eighth behind the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Spain for "attractiveness" among the most highly qualified migrants.

And the OECD doesn't spare the country's feelings when pointing out why, pointing the finger at France's notoriously complex and opaque administrative process, as well as a high cost of living, particularly when it comes to housing.

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