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Towards Harmonised European Statistics on International Migration


Migration has become a top priority for European Policy while international migration statistics are among the less reliable statistics within the field of socio-economic and demographic data. Concretely THESIMproject aims to develop additional efforts parallel to the forthcoming action plan for statistics on international migration. In order to reach this objective we intend to investigate with all 25 EU MS and AAC in several directions :
1° to compare definitions and concepts related to international migration;
2° to analyse available data in order to see what the data already reveals and where are the main problems in terms of reliability and comparability;
3° to integrate data on asylum with data on flows and stocks in order to get the more reliable information on de facto international migration within each country;
4° to describe and analyse all efforts done on bilateral and international levels in order to improve the situation and to identify impact of low reliability and lack of comparability on policy implementation;
5° to propose practical recommendations on the way to improve the situation after discussion with all potential data providers and data users for migration policy development.

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