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Technical Subgroup on the Movement of Persons - Mode 4

The Technical Subgroup (TSG) on the Movement of Persons - Mode 4 was established by the Statistical Commission at its thirty-fifth session in 2004 (2004 Report of the Task Force on Trade in Services to the Statistical Commission). The TSG consists of experts from international organizations and national statistical offices. UNSD holds the Chair and Secretariat of the group.

The objectives of the work of the Technical Subgroup comprise:

  • Development of a conceptual framework for the measurement of the Movement of Persons and, in particular, of Mode 4;
  • Proposals of indicators/variables which provide a measure of the impact of the movement of persons in the host and home countries;
  • Preparation of data collection guidelines.

The TSG will work in close cooperation with international organizations and existing expert groups to provide input in the revision and update processes of economic and social statistics standards, namely the revision of the IMF 5th Edition of the Balance of Payments Manual (BPM5), the update of the 1993 System of National Accounts (1993 SNA), the revision of the Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSA) and the revision of the Census recommendations.

The framework for the measurement of the movement of persons, currently being developed by the TSG, will serve as a basis for