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The inadequacies of UK migration statistics

John Salt on BBC News to discuss House of Common Report

The inadequacies of UK migration statistics

Professor John Salt appeared on the BBC News 24 channel on 28th July to discuss the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee report on international migration statistics.

The main issues discussed were:

  1. The effectiveness of the International Passenger Survey which is based on too small a sample to allow any form of detailed  analysis.
  2. The potential of e-borders data. The details of these are still uncertain and they are unlikely to provide information on migrant characteristics, reasons for moving or the regions of origin and destination.
  3. The committee's request for the Office for National Statistics to produce a new and more accurate measure of migration to support more detailed analysis. John pointed out that the only way this could be done satisfactorily would be through the establishment of a national population register, which would raise major political concerns.




John Salt