Household surveys produce statistics on aspects, such as the drivers and the impact of migration, internal migration, socio-economic characteristics, emigration, migrant stocks and flows of immigrants and emigrants. Labour Force Surveys produce statistics on migrant stocks in the labour market.
We have selected the following tools and guides to understanding and analyzing survey data to produce migration-related statistics.
International Household Survey Network Guidelines
These guidelines from the International Household Survey Network are useful to anyone in the midst of survey creation or implementation, not matter what stage. Clicking through the various options leads users to documents that are a mix of case studies and instructions, such as an Excel file that lays out the budget for implementing an 'ideal' survey and census program in South Africa. Other guides offer easy-to-follow and detailed instructions for readers on putting their methods into action.
World Bank Household Surveys for the African Migration Project
This report covers how a South African survey was crafted in order to measure migration and remittances in a country where the majority of migrants are undocumented. The document goes over the procedures undertaken to prepare for the project, including how the survey team was assembled and what specific challenges needed to be met in order to ensure results. Helpful for readers will be the discussions surrounding what data was used and how it was procured, as well as how data collection and entry was carried out.
Hard to see, harder to count: Survey guidelines to estimate forced labour of adults and children
The manual offers guidelines for quantitative research on trafficking in persons, including both adults and children. Necessary definitions, descriptions of methodologies, and templates for questionnaires are all included and thus make this a helpful work for readers of varying levels of familiarity with the topic.
Child Migration in National Surveys
The paper examines how migration data in National Surveys (MiNS) is catalogued to measure to what extent and with what thoroughness child migration is calculated in existing surveys and censuses; and whether it might further research on the topic. The authors also highlight the strengths and weaknesses of current survey methodologies and variables in capturing relevant data. The report is detailed and provides a long list of references for further reading.
Mining Remittance Data: Practical Considerations on Survey Design and Administration
This USAid briefing helps all agencies and organizations who are interested in measuring remittances through surveys, with special sections dedicated to crafting surveys based on objectives, desired design, and contexts, as well as recommendations for policy and dodging common obstacles. The briefing is a manageable length for a quick but very informative read.
Post Enumeration Surveys: Operational Guidelines
The present manual was developed to provide operational guidelines for the preparation and implementation of a post enumeration survey (PES) and its role in improving the quality of household and population data. It defines the PES and enumerates its objectives. In addition, the manual covers elements of: sample design; questionnaire design; planning and implementation of a PES; matching; field reconciliation; the Dual System of Estimation (DSE); tabulations; the evaluation of content error. The conclusion highlights the usefulness of a PES and the care that must be taken in its implementation
Migration and Remittances Household Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa: Methodological Aspects and Main Findings
The report lets readers look at the sources, content, methodology, fieldwork practices, and data processing used to complete a World Bank household survey accessing the importance of remittances in eleven Subsaharan African countries. The topics covered by the survey include return migration, the type and amount of remittances generally sent, the motives for migration, and more. Readers might be interested in how the survey also took into account the gender and education level of migrants. Preliminary findings are also included.
Measuring remittances through surveys: Methodological and conceptual issues for survey designers and data analysts
This paper will be of interest to those interested in mining remittance data from national surveys. The authors methodically present the many aspects of remittances that researchers might wish to answer, such as how much migrants send, the recipients of the remittances, the effects of the remittances, and the kinds of remittances. Common errors and weak spots in methodology are also covered to give readers a well rounded picture.