Mainstreaming labour migration statistics in the Labour Market Information System (LMIS) in Yemen

The ILO is working with the Workers Abroad Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour in Yemen to develop data collection and analysis systems to improve labour migration policy formulation.

There is very little information available on the labour market in Yemen, and even less on international migration. The last Labour Force Survey (LFS) was conducted in 1999 and a truncated version of the survey focusing on the domestic demand for labour was undertaken in 2003. Both these activities were carried out under a project under the ILO’s guidance. Since then, no other information gathering activity has been initiated in the country, which makes assessment of the labour market issues and international migration situation a problematic issue. Accordingly, the ILO and Yemen have launched a project to improve the management and governance of labour migration. The project will build the capacity of the Workers Abroad Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MoSAL) in data collection and analysis systems to improve labour migration policy formulation.

Objectives

  • Strengthen the capacity of the MoSAL in Yemen to manage labour migration by creating conditions to elaborate and promote the adoption of effective policy frameworks, strategies, systems and mechanisms for managing labour migration as an instrument for development; and
  • institute policy measures through the use of information gathered which improve the functioning of the labour markets and reduce unemployment problems facing the country.

Main Activities

  • Provide technical assistance required to conduct a Labour Force Survey in Yemen through integration of information gathered from previous labour market studies;
  • design the relevant statistical instruments and provide technical support for their application;
  • assist the Ministry of Labour to carry out appropriate surveys to capture information on the living and working conditions of migrant workers;
  • design and implement a survey on labour migration to be carried out either as part of the Labour Force Survey or as a separate household survey;
  • identify key partners that could have a vested interest in participating a network of institutions for analyses of relevant labour market data; and
  • commission partner organizations involved in the network to produce a number of analytical reports and papers on the labour migration situation in Yemen.

Outcomes

  • National capacity and structures for data collection and analysis are in place;
  • migration statistics in line with international statistical standards are produced; and
  • a network of institutions which has the capacity to analyse labour market data is created and functions.