Use of New Data Sources for Measuring International Migration

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The publication discusses the ways in which big data and other new data sources (that is, different from conventional sources like sample surveys, population censuses and administrative data) can be used for measuring international migration and cross-border mobility. The publication presents national experiences with big data and new data sources collected through two surveys among national statistical offices. The publication concludes that national statistical offices have limited experiences in the use of new data sources for migration statistics. However, the potential of new data sources to address emerging migration issues and urgent data needs is promising. Sharing and updating of relevant information and tools will facilitate the use of big data and new data sources for measuring migration and cross-border mobility. The publication was prepared by a task force established by the Conference of European Statisticians.


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