Workshop on strengthening the collection and use of international migration data for development, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

18 November 2014 to 21 November 2014


The Population Division and the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, organized a regional workshop for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa on the collection and use of international migration data for development. The workshop took place at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 18 to 21 November 2014. The workshop will bring together experts from national statistical offices in charge of producing official statistics on international migration as well as experts from relevant ministries or agencies in charge of compiling and analysing migration data for policy purposes. Experts from international organizations will participate as resource persons.


Organization of work
List of participants

Organization of work

18 November, 2014

09:00 – 17:3

SESSION I. Welcome remarks

  • Chukwudozie Ezigbalike, African Centre for Statistics, UN, ECA
  • Bela Hovy, Population Division, UN, DESA
  • Haoyi Chen, Statistics Division, UN, DESA
  • Bela Hovy, UN,DESA. Objectives, programme and introductions.


SESSION II. The international migration and development agenda: Implications for data collection

Objective: To present the latest policy developments in the area of international migration at the global, regional and national level and to assess their implications for data collection relevant to international migration, migrants and mobility, especially in relation to development

  • Bela Hovy, UN, DESA. The 2013 High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development: Data needs and gaps.
  • Philip Jusu, AUC. International migration in Africa: Regional priorities and data requirements.

Q and A

Key questions. 1. What are some of the policies to leverage international
migration for national development and to address challenges in the field
of international migration? 2. What data are needed to evaluate these

  • Country presentation: Ghana
  • Country presentation: Lesotho 



SESSION III. Sources of international migration data: an overview

Objective: To assess the main sources, concepts and definitions for international migration data and to determine how these data sources can inform international migration policy

  • Haoyi Chen, UN, DESA. International migration statistics: Sources, concepts and definitions.
  • Marzia Rango, IOM. Migration and development in Africa: Implications for data collection and research.
  • Cheryl Sawyer, UN, DESA . Migrants Count: Five Steps Toward Better Migration Data.

Q and A
Key questions. 1. What are main sources of international migration data? 2. What data does the country need to inform migration policy? 3. How can data gaps be addressed?

  • Country presentation: South Africa 
  • Country presentation: Nigeria

Group work 
Reporting back, discussion and wrap-up


19 November, 2014

09:30 – 17.30

SESSION IV. Improving the collection, analysis, dissemination and use of migration data from population censuses
Objective: To present the United Nations recommendations and to assess national experiences with regard to questions on international migration in the 2010 round of population censuses; to share experiences and identify best practices in analysing and disseminating international migration data from population censuses, including through the internet; to illustrate the use of international migration data collected through the census.

  • Cheryl Sawyer, UN, DESA, Using census data to estimate the international migrant stock
  • Haoyi Chen, UN, DESA, The 2010 round of population censuses: United Nations recommendations and their implementation.

Q and A 

Implementing migration questions in the 2010 round of population censuses: lessons learnt and looking ahead.

  • Country presentation: Botswana 
  • Country presentation: Swaziland 
  • Country presentation: Zambia 


  • Country presentation: Kenya. Disseminating and analysing migration data from population censuses: a user’s perspective. 

Q and A 

SESSION IV (CONTINUED). Improving the collection, analysis, dissemination and use of migration data from population censuses.

  • Haoyi Chen and Cheryl Sawyer, UN/DESA. Availability and quality of data on the international migrant stock: Experiences from the Demographic Yearbook and other sources.
  • Country presentation: South Africa. Implementing migration questions in the 2010 round of population censuses: products, data quality assessment, and data analytics.

Group work
Reporting back, discussion and wrap-up 

  • Haoyi Chen, UN, DESA. Recommended and additional migration topics in the population census.

Group work

Reporting back, discussion and wrap-up 


20 November, 2014

9:30 - 17:30

SESSION V. Enhancing the use of administrative sources to measure migration

Objective. To identify good practices in compiling, analysing and disseminating data that is relevant for international migration from administrative sources. To address the strengths and weaknesses of using administrative sources for migration data. To provide guidance for compiling, analysing and disseminating data generated from administrative.

  • Bela Hovy, UN, DESA. Administrative data sources to measure migration: An introduction.
  • ILO.The role of administrative data in understanding labour migration. 
  • Gorgui Diouf, UNHCR. Compiling statistics on refugee status determination.

Q and A 

National experiences in using administrative sources for migration data

  • Country presentation: Malawi 
  • Country presentation: Namibia 
  • Country presentation: Zimbabwe 


SESSION VI. Using household surveys as a tool to measure migration and its impact

Objective: To discuss experiences and identify good practices in using household surveys to assess the status and identify the needs of migrant families, to elucidate migratory patterns and flows, and to maximize the contribution of migration to national development. This section addresses opportunities and challenges of using existing household surveys for the purpose of migration as well as designing and implementing specialized migration surveys.
Coffi Agossou, ILO. The role of the surveys in measuring labour migration: The Labour Force Survey.
Q and A 

  • Country presentation: Uganda. National experiences in conducting migration surveys.
  • Country presentation: To be determined


SESSION VII. Planning to enhance international migration data for development.

Objective: Each country to prepare a plan to improve international migration data for policy planning, making use of the ideas and tools that have been presented during the first three days of the workshop.
Evening assignment: Making a national plan to improve migration data


21 November, 2014

9:30 - 13:00 

SESSION VIII. Promoting regional cooperation, capacity building and data exchange on migration data

Objective: To discuss opportunities for regional cooperation, capacity building and data exchange on migration data.

  • Oumar Diop, AUC. Labour Migration Governance for Development and Integration in Africa.
  • ECOWAS. Promoting labour mobility through regional cooperation and its consequences for data collection: The case of ECOWAS.
  • Josiah Ogina, IOM. Regional cooperation and capacity building

Q and A
SESSION IX. Formulating goals, targets and indicators on international migration

Objective: Using the outcome document of the General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals as a basis, country teams will design potential indicators at the national level to measure the proposed migration related goals and targets.

  • Bela Hovy, UN, DESA. International migration, migrants and mobility: potential indicators for the post-2015 development agenda.

Group work
Reporting back, discussion and wrap-up

Evaluation, conclusions and closing of work