Navigation path

Publications catalogue

20/07/2016

Inferring migrations: traditional methods and new approaches based on mobile phone, social media, and other big data

Inferring migrations: traditional methods and new approaches based on mobile phone, social media, and other big data

This report addresses the question of whether it is technically, financially and legally feasible to estimate geographic mobility and migration flows in the European Union. The study reviews state-of-the-art methods to measure stocks and flows of migrants using traditional data sources but also new and innovative data sources such as mobile phone data and social media data. It finds that it is indeed feasible to estimate geographic mobility and migration flows in the European Union but that that it depends on several important factors such as access to data, legal obstacles and desired outcomes that are outlined in the paper.

Download the pdf
Downloads: 1085
Catalog N. : KE-02-16-632-EN-N

Available on