The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the United Nations Population Division and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, is organising a regional workshop on strengthening the collection and use of international migration data for the achievement of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development for selected countries in Asia.1 The meeting is organized under the 11th tranche of the development account capacity building project.

The workshop will take place at United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, from 5 to 8 February 2019.

The workshop will bring together experts from a range of ministries and departments within national governments concerned with the collection of migration statistics including national statistical offices, ministries of labour, interior, immigration, human resource development and ministries dealing with human displacement. Experts from international organizations will be invited to participate as resource persons.

The workshop aims to increase the capacity of participating countries to produce and analyze comprehensive national migration data that meets international standards, and to enhance understanding of the uses and limitations of migration data for policy purposes and for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

 08:30 – 09:00
 09:00 – 09:30
Session 1: Opening of the workshop

Opening remarks by

  • Ms. Gemma Van Halderen, Director, Statistics Division/UNESCAP

  • Ms. Mariko Tomiyama, IOM

  • Ms. Haoyi Chen, Statistics Division/UNDESA
 09:30 – 09:45
Session 2: Introduction to the workshop

Presentation by UNDESA, logistics and introduction of participants.

 10:15 – 12:15
Session 3: International migration and development: implications for data collection

Chair: Ms. Mariko Tomiyama, IOM

The session reviews global, regional and national policy initiatives related to international migration, discusses their implications for data collection and identifies challenges related to the collection and use of migration-related data for monitoring policy implementation.

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (migration related targets and indicators)
    Ms. Keiko Osaki-Tomita, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

  • Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: implications for migration data
    Ms. Sabine Henning, ESCAP Social Development Division

  • The migration policy and statistics – regional perspective
    Mr. Paul Tacon, Ms. Sharita Serrao, ESCAP

  • Migration policy and data needs
    Mr. Keerthi Elapatha, Department of Immigration and Emigration, Sri Lanka
 14:00 – 15:30
Session 4: Concepts and sources of international migration data: an overview

Chair: Ms. Sabine Henning, ESCAP Social Development Division

The session provides information on internationally agreed concepts and definitions related to international migration, as well as on the variety of sources which can be used to generate data on international migration, their strengths and limitations. It also addresses the issue of data infrastructure required for the production of various migration-related data.

  • Key concepts and main sources of migration data; the migration data infrastructure
    Ms. Haoyi Chen, UNSD

  • Guidelines concerning Statistics on International Labour Migration
    Mr. Tite Habiyakare, ILO

  • UN Recommendations on Refugee Statistics
    Mr. Piotr Juchno, EUROSTAT

  • Data sources for statistics on international migration
    Mr. Ahmad Almomani, Jordan Department of Statistics, Jordan
 15:45 – 17:00
Session 5: Revision of the 1998 Recommendations on Statistics of International Migration, Revision 1: group discussion

Chair: Ms. Sabine Henning, ESCAP Social Development Division

The session provides an opportunity for participants to provide input on the revision of the 1998 Recommendations, including on how migrants and different population groups are identified in countries.

  • Revision of the 1998 Recommendations
    Ms. Haoyi Chen, UNSD

  • Group exercise

    Exercises on identifying an international migrant. Discussion will be organised around the second pre-workshop assignment (population count and treatment of special population groups). Outcome of the exercise will inform the revision of the 1998 UN Recommendations.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

 9:00 – 12:00
Session 6: Improving the collection, analysis, dissemination and use of data from population and housing censuses to measure immigration and emigration

Chair: Ms. Indumathie Bandara, Director-General, Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka

The Marrakech Compact on Migration recognises the importance of censuses as a tool for improving migration data collection. The session provides participants with an overview of the uses of population censuses to measure immigration and emigration, and the characteristics of migrants, based on examples from national censuses.

  • The 2020 round of population censuses: United Nations recommendations and their implementations
    Ms. Keiko Osaki-Tomita, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

  • Experience of 2011 population and housing census of Nepal in capturing emigration and immigration
    Mr. Nebin Lal Shrestha, Nepal Central Bureau of Statistics, Nepal

  • Lesson learnt from the 2017 population census in capturing emigration
    Mr. Saeed Ahmad, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Pakistan

  • Group exercises

    Review your own latest census questionnaire and identify potential improvements

 13:30 – 16:30
Session 7: Enhancing the use of administrative sources to measure migration

Chair: Ms. Wilma Guillen, Assistant National Statistician, Philippines Statistics Authority

The session identifies good practices in compiling, analysing and disseminating data from administrative sources that is relevant for international migration; addresses the strengths and weaknesses of using administrative sources for migration data; and provides guidance for compiling, analysing and disseminating data generated from administrative sources.

  • Administrative data sources to measure migration: An introduction
    Ms. Sharita Serrao, ESCAP Statistics Division

  • Migration data system in China
    Ms. Hui Guo, National Bureau of Statistics; Ms. Yicong Zhang, National Immigration Administration, China

  • Deriving migration flow statistics using border crossing information
    Mr. Paata Shavishvili, Georgia Statistics Office, Georgia

  • The use of administrative data for migration
    Mr. Abdul Ghofar, Protection Agency and the Indonesian Manpower Placement, Indonesia

  • The potential of big data sources for migration statistics
    Mr. Aiman M. Masri, General Intelligence Department of Jordan, Jordan

  • Strengthening administrative data – children on the move
    Ms. Irada Pobpitak, Thailand National Statistical Office; Mr. Wutthisak Pathomsart, Thailand Department of Employment; Mr. Ibrahim Naseem, UNICEF Thailand

Thursday, 7 February 2019

 9:00 – 11:30
Session 8: Using surveys as a tool to measure migration and its impact

Chair: Mr. Tite Habiyakare, ILO

The session discusses experiences and identify good practices in using surveys to assess the status and identify the needs of migrants and their families, to elucidate migratory patterns and flows, and to maximize the contribution of migration to national development. This section also addresses opportunities and challenges of using existing household surveys for the purpose of identifying migration as well as designing and implementing specialized migration surveys.

  • Collect migration statistics through surveys
    Ms. Haoyi Chen, UNSD

  • The experience of collecting migration data through surveys
    Ms. Lusien Kalantaryan, Statistics Committee of Republic of Armenia, Armenia

  • The pilot survey on the cost of emigration
    Mr. Md Feroj Evna Yusuf, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Bangladesh

  • The specialised migration survey
    Ms. Wilma Guillen, Philippines Statistics Authority, Philippines

  • Use of surveys for migration statistics
    Mr. Prajeewa Hettiyani, Sri Lanka Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka
 13:00 – 15:00
Session 9: Integration and non-traditional data sources for migration

Chair: Ms. Haoyi Chen, UNSD

The session will investigate the potential benefits for migration data-gathering offered by the integration of migration data from different sources, and the use of non-traditional data sources for migration, as well as identifying necessary capacity, and issues around the gathering of such data and their consolidation.

  • The potential of big data for statistics on international migration
    Ms. Marzia Rango, IOM

  • An integrated data system on international migration
    Ms. Nino Ghvinadze, Secretariat of the State Commission on Migration Issues, Georgia

  • The use of mobile phone data to measure mobility
    Mr. Edi Setiawan, BPS-Statistics Indonesia, Indonesia

  • Data integration at the US Census Bureau: recent initiatives to improve estimates of international migration
    Mr. Jason Schachter, US Census Bureau, United States

  • The impact of Harricane Maria – the US Census Bureau’s experience combining survey-based estimates and “big data” to produce 2018 Puerto Rico net migration estimates
    Mr. Jason Schachter, US Census Bureau, United States
 15:15 – 17:00
Session 10. Data analysis

Chair: Mr. Paata Shavishvili, Georgia Statistics Office, Georigia

The session presents an overview of the international migration stock and net migration estimates as produced by the UN Population Division as well as a detailed example of the methodology used by the US Census Bureau to estimate the international migration of both native and foreign-born. A group exercise will follow where participants will make their own estimates of recent migration and net international migration given some sample data.

  • International migrant stock – UN Population Division approach
    Mr. Pablo Latte, UN Population Division

  • Net international migration emigration methodology
    Mr. Jason Schachter, US Census Bureau, United States

Friday, 8 February 2019

 9:00 – 11:30
Session 11: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Global Compact for Migration: The role of migration-related indicators

Chair: Ms. Keiko Osaki-Tomita, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

The session outlines migration-related SDG indicators that aims to understand the data needs to formulate evidence-based migration policies. Information will be provided on how to collect data for those indicators, based on the draft UN Technical report on measuring migration-related SDG indicators and from methods developed by custodian agencies.

  • Data for SDG indicators disaggregated by migratory status, opportunities and challenges
    Ms. Haoyi Chen, UNSD

  • Human trafficking methodologies
    Ms. Raggie Johansen, UNODC

  • Statistics for SDG indicator 10.7.1- Guidelines for their Collection
    Mr. Tite Habiyakare, ILO

  • Migration policy Index - 10.7.2
    Ms. Marzia Rango, IOM; Mr. Pablo Lattes, UN Population Division

  • Measuring international migration related SDGs with US Census Bureau Data
    Mr. Jason Schachter, US Census Bureau, United States
 12:30 – 14:30
Session 12: Promoting regional cooperation, capacity building and data exchange on migration data

Chair: Ms. Sharita Serrao, ESCAP Statistics Division

The session works with participants to understand the necessity of regional cooperation on migration data, especially with regards to migration data from countries of destination, in line with the Marrakech Compact on Migration.

  • Regional cooperation for data exchange
    Mr. Paul Tacon, ESCAP Social Development Division

  • Updates on the ILO International Labour Migration Statistics Database
    Mr. Nilim Baruah, ILO

  • Recent EU work on legislative related to migration statistics
    Mr. Piotr Juchno, EUROSTAT
 14:30 – 15:00
Conclusion and closing of the workshop

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