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Task Force on Measurement of Socio-Economic Conditions of Migrants

Contact person: Mr. Andres Vikat

The Task Force was set up to help fill the need for statistical information to better understand the phenomenon of the socio-economic conditions of migrants and the impact of international migration on sending and receiving countries, particularly from a longitudinal perspective. This Task Force will identify dimensions that are most relevant to understanding the situation of migrants, including the longitudinal aspect of socio-economic conditions, as well as develop indicators for each of these dimensions. It will also provide guidelines and share experiences in the production of indicators using existing census, survey and administrative data sources.


  • Identify the socio-economic dimensions that are most relevant to a better understanding of the situation of migrants (e.g. employment, education, residence, participation in civil society, language, etc.).
  • Review the definitions and practices adopted by countries for the measurement of the relevant migrant groups.
  • Identify and develop indicators for the different dimensions and population groups, and discussing measurement issues.
  • Review existing sources (including sources allowing longitudinal analysis of the socio-economic conditions of migrants) and their suitability to provide relevant data.
  • Provide guidelines to countries intending to produce statistics on socio-economic conditions of migrants using existing sources or ad hoc surveys.

Terms of reference (November 2010)
Measuring Change in the Socio-Economic Conditions of Migrants (published in August 2015)
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