Country: Arab region, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Kingdom of Morocco, State of Qatar

Publication Type: Reports & studies

Cluster: Statistics, Information Society and Technology

Focus Area: Inclusive development, Population dynamics & migration, Statistics

Initiatives: International migration, Population & Housing Censuses, Civil registration  &  vital statistics

SDGs: Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Keywords: Arab countries, Conferences, International migration, Migration statistics, Case studies, Data collection, Measurement, Migration, Recommendations, Statistical data

International migration statistics and measurement issues in Arab countries

January 2014

Taking international recommendations as a benchmark, the paper presents an exhaustive comparative analysis of data sources on international migration using a stock-flow approach. Particular attention is devoted to definitions, target populations and data collection methodologies; their coherence with international recommendations is verified, and their limits and advantages are pointed out.

The paper then recommends tools and methods for improving migration statistics in these member states. In so doing, it also draws some more general lessons for the whole Arab region. Specific adjustments and feasible concrete improvements are proposed, taking into account the specific needs of countries and areas.

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