During the past and recent years, and due to political, economical and social reasons, there has been an increase in the flow of migrants, thus, making the availability of accurate, comprehensive and timely international migration statistics essential to meet the demands of the political system and to satisfy the information needs of planners and policy makers.
However, despite international and regional efforts for enhancing and improving international migration statistics, there is still a need to develop a comparable framework for the compilation of those statistics.
ESCWA member countries are facing difficulties in collecting data and calculating international migration statistics that accurately reflect the state of migration in the region. In line with meeting the challenges, knowledge about concepts and definitions concerning the compilation of international migration statistics in accordance with international standards need to be upgraded in the ESCWA member countries.
In this context, ESCWA is planning to organize a training workshop on international migration statistics in close coordination with United Nations Population Division (UNPD), the Arab Labor Organization (ALO) and the second Euro-Mediterranean Statistical Cooperation (MEDSTAT II) program during the period of 30 June – 3 July 2009 in Cairo, Egypt.