E-learning course on Measuring and Analyzing Labour Migration

E-learning course on Measuring and Analyzing Labour Migration

E-learning course on Measuring and Analyzing Labour Migration

26 octobre–4 décembre 2020
Le cours est disponible en English

Using a step-by-step approach, the course aims to equip national and international stakeholders with the necessary capacities to better measure and analyse labour migration and produce timely, high-quality, updated migration statistics based on internationally agreed standards and guidelines for evidence-based policy-making.

Présentation du cours

Globalization, demographic shifts, conflicts, income inequalities and climate change will encourage ever more people to cross borders in search of employment and security. Labour migration affects most countries in the world, and migrant workers contribute greatly to development, both in countries of origin and countries of destination. Yet, the migration process entails complex challenges in terms of fair and effective governance, migrant workers' protection, migration and sustainable development linkages and international cooperation. The need to improve the knowledge base in the area of labour statistics, particular labour migration statistics will contribute to a better understanding of the underlying causes of poverty and social exclusion. In this context, various countries have put in their priorities the development of evidence-based policies as part their reporting on progress on different Agenda 2063/SDGs target; more specifically to get information on decent work deficits among the residents' population as well as migrants. Hence, accurate, robust and timely data collected in line with the international standards, are necessary to build effective labour migration policies, essential to improve the welfare of international migrant workers and address the challenges related to international labour migration, globally and at the national level. Finally, in order to assess the level of policy coherence among employment and labour migration policies and identify where current and potential challenges remain, there is a need to collect and analyze, in a systematic way and to the extent possible, appropriate quantitative and qualitative information. In this regard, the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) in partnership with the ILO Department of Statistics and with the Labour Migration Branch of the International Labour Organization are proud to present the E-Learning Course on Measuring and Analyzing Labour Migration.

Groupes cible

- Statisticians and analysts from National Statistical Offices; - Policymakers and technical advisors of Ministries of Employment/Labour, Ministries of Education, Ministries of Manpower/Migration, as well as other Ministries working on labour migration; - Managerial and technical staff of research and academic institutions responsible for the collection and analysis of labour market information; - Relevant staff from Public Employment Services and other institutions engaged in measuring labour migration; - International organizations; international cooperation agencies, development agencies, and non-governmental organizations; - Representatives of workers and employers' organizations, public/private sector representatives.

What topics does this course cover?

The course content will include the following thematic topics:

  • ILO labour migration statistics concepts and definitions
  • ICLS Guidelines concerning statistics of international labour migration.
  • Sampling of international migrant populations: Methodological approaches and country examples.
  • ILO Global and regional estimates on international migrant workers
  • Measuring demand for foreign labour
  • Collecting data on international labour migration statistics: ILO labor migration database.
  • Administrative sources for international labour migration statistics.
  • Regional Statistical Observatory
  • Measurement of recruitment costs (SDG 1.7.1)
  • Assessment and measurement of the level of policy coherence

The main objective of the course is to “to equip national and international stakeholders with the necessary capacities to better measure and analyze international labour migration and produce timely, high-quality, updated international labour migration statistics, to report on the critical indicators of labour migration statistics based on the implementation of international statistical standards and guidelines for evidence-based policy-making.”

Course content

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of Labour Statistics
  • ICLS Guidelines concerning statistics of International Labour Migration
  • Global and regional estimates on international migrant workers: ILO Experience
  • ILO Labor migration statistics database
  • Sampling of Migrant Population
  • Administrative sources for labour migration statistics
  • Linking labour migration data to evidence based policies
  • Regional Statistical Observatories and their role in the Governance of Labour Migration
  • Atlas of Migration
  • SDG Indicator 10.7.1 Measuring The Recruitment Costs Affecting Migrant Workers
What will I learn?

Upon completion of the course, participants will have:

  • Enhanced understanding about the basic definitions, terminologies, and resolutions of labour statistics;
  • Acquired a better understanding of labour statistics and indicators aligned to the ICLS Guidelines concerning statistics of international labour migration, as well as the approved SDG indicator 10.7.1 measuring the recruitment costs impacting on migrants workers;
  • Analyzed different methods and tools related to quantitative and qualitative methods needed to produce regular, accurately, and timely reports concerning labour statistics that include the Labour migration module (ILMS questionnaire);
  • Attained a comprehensive understanding of the latest international standards and practices in official statistics for better coordinated data collection related labour migration statistics;
  • Enriched understanding of the necessary institutional mechanisms, policy frameworks, and coordination instruments for better production and dissemination of migration labour statistics for evidence-based policymaking.
Why should I join?

The course consists of a number of online modules offered through the ITCILO eCampus online platform to be completed over a period of six weeks from 26 October to 4 December, for an estimated total of 60 learning hours

The course will emphasize a unique learning approach, which is structured around three main pillars:

  • Harnessing digital learning technology
    • Interactive online platform
    • Online Real-time feedback and support
    • Online forum discussions and interaction
  • Training methodology will combine
    • Expert presentations
    • Online Group discussions and exercises
    • Online Group work
  • Knowledge Assessment
    • Weekly knowledge assessments
    • Individual and group assignment applying to the participants’ context
    • Participants who successfully complete all assessments and the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Achievement


This course qualifies for the ITCILO Diploma for Labour Migration Experts and Practitioners!

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