Social Sciences

New methodology to estimate migration flows

Administered by Social Sciences: Social Statistics & Demography

30 March 2010


New research by Dr Guy Abel develops a methodology that can be used to estimate comparable international migration flow data.

Migration flow data informs policy makers, the media and academic community about the level and direction of population movements. However, reliable migration data for comparisons of international population flows between a set of countries are often lacking. Reported counts are commonly incomplete or produced to country specific data collection and measurement techniques. This results in inconsistencies when comparing countries estimates of the same migration flow.

Comparable migration data can help concerned parties to manage policy and to understand population movements better. Dr Guy Abel develops steps towards this end by outlining a methodology that can be used to estimate comparable international migration flow data.

The full article published in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society can be found here.