The G20 and migration
The G20 countries are at the centre of not only global economic governance, but also global migration governance. They play a leading role as their policy responses to migration challenges and opportunities affect migrants, countries of origin, transit and destination, and the world economy. Data on G20 countries show the extent to which migration affects the G20’s demographic and socioeconomic spheres, but data limitations hamper more robust research that could allow policymakers to fully harness the economic potential of migration and formulate policies to promote safe, orderly and regular migration. In light of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, G20 leadership on more comprehensive, timely, and comparable migration data is essential.
Household surveys: A key potential source of data on migration
For most countries in the world, the most common existing data sources to collect data on international migration are population censuses and other traditional sources such as administrative records. Dr. Richard E. Bilsborrow, Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explains the limitations of these data sources and explores the potential existing household surveys hold for future data collection. (This is part 1 of a blog on household and specialized surveys for collecting migration data. Part 2 is available here.)