95th DGINS Conference
"Migration - Statistical Mainstreaming"
1st October 2009, Malta
|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.
Roundtable and conclusions- future perspectivesQuestions:
- 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
Bulgaria - Mariana Kotzeva
Portugal - Alda de Caetano Carvalho
Denmark - Jan Plovsing
Italy - Enrico Giovannini
Germany - Peter Weigl