Meeting of Focal Specialists on International Labour Migration Statistics in ASEAN

The ILO’s ASEAN TRIANGLE Project recently developed the International Labour Migration Statistics (ILMS) Database to gather statistical information on migrant workers in the ten ASEAN member states, including a range of previously unpublished sources.

It provides a coherent and powerful research tool for policymakers and others to profile and monitor the migrant labour force within the region and fills an important knowledge gap.

In order to strengthen and better sustain this process within the region, ILO is hosting a meeting of focal specialists from within ASEAN to update them on the progress of the work and discuss the next steps. The overall objectives of the Meeting are to:
  • Brief focal specialists on the progress of the ILMS Database and the success it is already having.
  • Present and share countries’ experiences of data collection and discuss how any outstanding problems with the overall process and scope of the work can be resolved.
  • Identify national capacity-building needs and ways to ensure data collection is more harmonised, consistent and accurate in the future.
  • Discuss remaining gaps in the work (including the sources that are still missing) and ways of sustaining and streamlining it in 2014 and beyond.