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Launch of the 3rd edition of the statistical report on labor migration in Africa

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Launch of the 3rd edition of the statistical report on labor migration in Africa

The harmonization of definitions, concepts, methodologies and key tools is another priority area of ​​concern for the African Union Commission.

ADDIS-ABEBA, Ethiopia, November 19, 2021 / APO Group / –

On the occasion of African Statistics Day on November 18, 2021, the African Union Commission, in collaboration with Member States, Regional Economic Communities, ILO, IOM and Statistics Sweden, launched the 3rd edition of the report on labor migration statistics in Africa, under the Joint Program on Labor. Governance of Migration for Development and Integration in Africa (JLMP).

Key highlights of the report include filling some of the data gaps from the previous edition using data from additional data sources, an improved chapter on social protection, remittances and other additional features. migrant workers.

During the launch, some of the best practices leading to producing a better report with richer data were highlighted, as well as some of the main challenges and data gaps encountered when collecting migration data. of manpower for the third edition of the report.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Sabelo Mbokazi, Head of the Division of Labor, Employment and Migration at the Department of Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, African Union Commission briefed the delegates that the production of these series of reports has considerably improved the availability of labor. migration statistics on the continent. He pointed out that with the evidence available in the report, intra-regional migratory movements are predominant on the continent compared to outside the continent. Mr. Mbokazi further noted that with this increase in migratory movements, labor migration is a priority thematic area that requires high-quality and up-to-date data on labor migration for the ‘evidence-based policy making. He also highlighted that the harmonization of definitions, concepts, methodologies and key tools is another priority area of ​​concern for the African Union Commission.

Recognizing the importance of leading the political discourse with evidence-based data and knowledge, the African Union Commission operationalized the Pan-African Statistics Institute (STATAFRIC) in Tunis, Tunisia, the Migration Observatory in Afrique (AMO) in Rabat, Morocco, the Africa Migration Research Center in Bamako, Mali, and the Continental Operation Center in Khartoum, Sudan to support member states in the production, harmonization and research of migration statistics in different thematic areas of migration, including labor migration, human trafficking, regular and irregular migration among others, Mr. Mbokazi noted that “these institutions in collaboration with the JLMP are eager to set up measures to harmonize data on the continent and make them comparable at all levels ”.

IOM Representative Mr. Jason Theede, Senior Regional Specialist on Labor Mobility and Human Development, IOM Regional Office for Southern Africa, said the production of the third Editing of the report is a cornerstone and an indication of improved data on labor migration. in the mainland. He added that “the complexities and dynamics of labor migration have changed dramatically, resulting in various migratory movements that must be accurately captured and reported in a timely manner in order to understand current migration trends. This means that each edition of the Labor Migration Statistics report must capture these trends in order to reflect the current situation with more focused policies and better decision making ”.

Ms. Ulla Andrén, Embassy of Sweden, Ethiopia stressed that Sweden will continue to support the JLMP project to enhance the good quality of migration data and statistics as they are essential for better migration management.

In his remarks, Mr. Alexio Musindo, Director of the ILO Office and Representative of AU, ECA, recognized and appreciated the great collaborative effort between AU, ILO, ECA and IOM to join forces through the JLMP-Priority program to move forward and accelerate political support. for effective governance of labor migration in Africa through improved collection, analysis and dissemination of data on labor migration. In addition, Mr. Alexio indicated that effective governance of labor migration remains a key priority for the ILO in Africa due to its effects on the future of the continent. To achieve this priority, there is an urgent need to collect, analyze and disseminate data to contribute to the effective implementation of the continental labor migration components of the 2018 United Nations Global Compact on Safe Migration. , orderly and regular, as well as the revised version of the African Union. Migration policy framework for Africa and action plan (2018-2030).

On behalf of the Statistician General of South Africa, Ms. Nozipho Shabalala welcomed the launch of the report and said: Africa and the promotion of social and economic development of the African continent ”. According to Ms. Nozipho, South Africa plans to include a module on migration in the labor force survey to broaden understanding of labor migration. This will allow South Africa to report on labor migration indicators on an annual basis.

Mr. Brian Okengo, Statistician in the AU Division of Labor, Employment and Migration provided an overview of the main findings of the report. The African Union Commission encouraged all stakeholders to provide support to fill data gaps in order to obtain quality data and update the data for the production of the 4th edition of the report on labor migration statistics.

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