Administrative data sources
Administrative sources collect data for purposes other than gathering information on migration, but may be useful in the collection of specific indicators. Statistics derived from data in these sources usually refer to administrative records rather than people. Some examples of sources include administrative registers, border data collection systems, visas, residence permits and/or work permits.
We have selected the following tools and guides to understanding and analyzing administrative data to produce migration-related statistics.
International Migration Statistics: Meeting the International Recommendations
This training toolkit, developed by Ann Singleton (University of Bristol/GMDAC/IOM) for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), focuses on improving data collection in countries of the Arab region and provides the information necessary to develop and improve statistical systems for migration statistics. The approach, although applied to national training needs, is intended to support building regional capacity for the collection of comparable data, using UN standards. It identifies common pitfalls and includes easy-to-use exercises and annexes. In the annex
International Labour Migration Statistics - A guide for policymakers and statistics organizations in the Pacific
The handbook gives recommendations on how governments can collect migration data. It offers brief summaries of key concepts and challenges when analysing the field, and includes detailed chapters on specific methodologies (such as using censuses or administrative data). Included in the chapters are templates for each method, such as sample survey modules. A glossary of terms and a long list of references are great for ensuring familiarity with the topic.
Guide on developing an international labour migration statistics database in ASEAN
This publication gives brief overviews of the strategies and sources used to collect labour market data from ASEAN countries to be entered into the International Labour Migration Statistics (ILMS) Database, such as population surveys or administrative records. There are also sample modules of survey sections used to collect relevant data, and an extensive list of relevant organizations collecting data in the region.