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International Migration Statistics and Measurement Issues in Arab Countries

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This paper offers an analysis of international migration data collection systems in Jordan, Morocco and Qatar in terms of data availability, reliability and comparability. Taking international recommendations as a benchmark, it presents an exhaustive comparative analysis of data sources on international migration using a stock-flow approach. Particular attention is devoted to definitions, target populations and data collection methodologies; their coherence with international recommendations is verified, and their limits and advantages are pointed out.

The paper then recommends tools and methods for improving migration statistics in these member states. In so doing, it also draws some more general lessons for the whole Arab region. Specific adjustments and feasible concrete improvements are proposed, taking into account the specific needs of countries and areas.