Making Sense of Migration Statistics: Comparing Data and Practical Application, in collaboration with ICMPD (The International Centre for Migration Policy Development )

14-15/Oct/2010  •  Brussels

Project Leader
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Statistical data are becoming increasingly relevant in the daily work of public officials and other public sector stakeholders dealing with migration, integration and asylum issues. Statistics provide indicators of characteristics relating to migrant populations, migration dynamics and the position of migrants in host societies. They can be based on administrative registers, thus providing an important tool for monitoring administrative procedures linked to the administration of migration, integration and asylum, such as data on asylum, residence permits, visa applications, data on expulsion decisions, length of procedures etc. In addition, statistics help to assess the impact of policies and in particular, whether policy objectives have been achieved. The seminar will examine conceptual, definitional and analytical issues, including the uses and purposes of statistical data and the evolving EU framework on data collection. It will also provide data needs from a comparative approach, available international and European statistical data sources, as well as practical training in relation to using such tools. Different case studies on data collection for regular and irregular migration and human rights will be discussed.

This seminar will be based on a mixture of presentations, case studies and practice sessions. It will stimulate active participation and the sharing of experiences on data needs and application of databases. Background documentation will also be provided in an online/e-learning set up. Speakers will include ICMPD staff, academics, practitioners and officials from the EU institutions.

Target Group
This seminar is designed for public officials from national, regional and local authorities, consulates, other public bodies from the EU Member States and candidate countries as well as European institutions and human rights organisations. It is also of interest to professionals in the private sector, lawyers, consultants, staff of NGOs, institutes and think tanks as well as others working on rules for free movement, migration, asylum, integration and social policies.

The seminar will be conducted in English.