ROLE OF EUROPEAN MOBILITY AND ITS IMPACTS IN NARRATIVES, DEBATES AND EU REFORMS

Monitoring and Mapping Migration in the EU with Existing Data

Monitoring and Mapping Migration in the EU with Existing Data

November 4, 2019

Working Paper

This paper provides an overview and discussion of the main databases available to aid understanding of migration within the European Union. The paper maps existing data sources and evaluates them for their usefulness and quality in supporting intra-EU migration research. In addition to a desk review of sources, European migration data experts were interviewed for further insights. Despite a general trend of improving European migration statistics, some challenges and limitations regarding the measurement of intra-EU migration persist. Firstly, missing data on migrants’ previous country of residence, and/or lack of cross-tabulation opportunities, makes it impossible to assess those movements that truly take place within the external borders of the EU, and/or the share of EU versus third-country nationals within those flows. Second, more information on migration motivations and migration over the lifetime would be key to gaining a comprehensive understanding of migration patterns and tendencies within Europe. This connects to the third and final shortcoming of currently available statistics: the lack of data on circular and short-term migration, including cross-country commuting. Recommendations for bridging availability and quality gaps in the current state of European migration data are offered throughout the
paper.

Latest Tweets

Dept. Christmas parties are a time of #joy, #love & #cheer. It also is a time to come together & be thankful. @FabienneLind, @J_Kohlenberger & I are particularly thankful for having been awarded the Dept. Research Award 2019. We're already eager to present our findings in 2020!🤗

Status update: @EU_REMINDER “Work Package” 7 still hard at work these days, scrambling to finish and submit our last two “deliverables” before the holiday. In the meanwhile, check out what the project has produced so far, research on free movement in EU https://t.co/nhtTreeEBy

Excited to be here too! Will be talking about the @EU_REMINDER project and the great new web tool the team is developing for reporters and policy makers to understand European migration issues (which you navigate like a 1980s “choose your own adventure” book). https://t.co/gTcupu7Upc

Signup to our newsletter

Enter your email address to get the latest news direct to your inbox