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Task Force on Measuring Circular Migration

Contact person: Mr. Jason Schachter

This Task Force is developing a common statistical definition for circular migration.

Circular migration is often seen as a win-win-win proposition, providing gains to both host and origin countries, as well as to the migrants themselves. Circular migration can alleviate host countries’ labour needs and increase their economic production. In countries of origin, it can provide unemployment relief and both financial and human capital (in terms of skills and resources brought back to the country), as well as mitigate population loss due to out-migration. Individual migrants also benefit via increased income, greater work experience, and the development of their human capital. However, migrants who move back and forth between countries are very difficult to measure using current statistical definitions. For producing quality statistics on circular migration, the definition, time period, standards, and sources for its measurement need to be established. After assessing current user needs, methodology and data sources available to measure circular migration, as well as the impact of using different definitions for circular migration, the task force will propose a common international statistical definition of circular migration.

Objectives:

  • Prepare a proposal for a common international statistical definition of circular migration
  • Assess current user needs, methodology, and data sources available to measure circular migration
  • Examine the impact of using different definitions for circular migration
  • Propose a common international statistical definition of circular migration


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