95th DGINS Conference

95th DGINS Conference
"Migration - Statistical Mainstreaming"
1st October 2009, Malta
DOI: 10.2901/Eurostat.C2009.001

Session 1 Migration as a policy priority - meeting demands for information on migrants
  This session will serve to set the national and European political background for the growing and evolving demands for statistics on migration and migrants. Migration is a politically sensitive issue that has an impact across a broad range of public policies – not just the areas of justice and home affairs.
The existing demands for reliable information on the scale and patterns of migration flows and populations of recent migrant origin (resident migrants and their immediate descendants) continue to be of great importance. There are also new needs – at both national and European level – for better statistics on the social and economic situation of migrants. This information is required, for example, to produce indicators of migrant integration. Mainstreaming of migration issues into a wide range of statistics will be presented as a way of improving the availability and policy relevance of the statistics.

 

Session Chair: Michael Pace Ross, Director General, National Statistics Office of Malta

 

Session 2 Conceptual integration and re-engineering of social surveys: innovative approaches
 

This session examines how survey data sources can be better used to provide policy-relevant data on migrants. New approaches need to be considered to ensure that reliable data can be produced. Presentations in this session will address issues of conceptual integration and the use of harmonised core variables across different data survey data sources, and the re-engineering of social surveys. An innovative example of the use of a specific survey targeted on migrant populations will also be presented.

Session Chair: Gerry O'Hanlon, Director General, CSO Ireland/Chair of the Partnership Group

Session 3 Overcoming Barriers - Exchanging data between countries and between Institutions
 

The data required to improve statistics on migration may be held by administrative authorities or may be collected in other countries (for example, in the destination countries of migrants). Often, legal, administrative and technical barriers prevent the exchange of these data for statistical purposes.
This session will look at examples of legal and administrative arrangements that facilitate the statistical use of data from administrative sources. Such arrangements can take the form of a general policy that presupposes that administrative data will be made available for statistical uses. Alternatively, specific technical and procedural arrangements can be made to ensure access to particular administrative sources.
The session will also examine options for the exchange of data between administrations in different countries. To maximise the value of exchanges of aggregate data, harmonised definitions and concepts should be applied. Appropriate procedures need to be agreed. Those involved in the data exchange must be confident that these procedures are followed by all parties. Administrations need to be sure that the data they supply will be used in an appropriate manner. Similarly, they must be sure that any data received are of acceptable accuracy.

Session Chair: Jean-Philippe Cotis, Director General, INSEE France

Roundtable and conclusions- future perspectives

Questions:
  • What needs to be done to meet evolving needs for information on migrants?
  • What is the potential of mainstreaming for the development of migration statistics?
  • Which are the key factors that will influence the success of mainstreaming migration statistics?
  • How far are migration statistics the responsibility of the European Statistical System and where are the boundaries to needs that could better be accommodated by other actors?
  • How can the use of imperfect data sources and the quality commitment of the European Statistical System be reconciled?
  • The implications of the economic crisis on migration and resulting changes in the needs for migration statistics

Roundtable chair: Walter Radermacher, Director General, Eurostat

Members:

Bulgaria - Mariana Kotzeva
Portugal - Alda de Caetano Carvalho
Denmark - Jan Plovsing
Italy - Enrico Giovannini
Germany - Peter Weigl

Malta Declaration

Participants