64th ISI World Statistics Congress - Ottawa, Canada

64th ISI World Statistics Congress - Ottawa, Canada

International developments on transforming population and migration statistics using administrative data


Mrs Becky Tinsley


  • BT
    Mrs Becky Tinsley
  • DW
    Dominic Webber
  • AH
    Ahmad Hleihel
  • LV
    Lucianne Varn
  • CW
    Charlie Wroth-Smith
  • FK
    Mrs Francesca Kay
  • Category: International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS)


    Population statistics underpin a wide variety of other statistics, such as unemployment rates. They are vital in making a range of decisions and inform public debate. For example, the ability to forecast pensions, make decisions about local services (such as the number of school places or the provision of health services for an ageing population) and to support academic research.

    We know users are interested in how migration patterns are changing and what this means for society and the economy. For example, understanding the impact on the labour market and public services, such as education and healthcare. This includes both the national picture and what is happening at a more detailed regional and local level.

    The pandemic has highlighted the need for more timely population and migration statistics to understand how and where people are living as we begin to emerge from this global event which has impacted all our lives. For some countries, this has accelerated the need to look towards new data sources, such as administrative and big data, and new methods in order to respond to this need.

    In this session, you will hear how different countries (UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Israel) are making use of new data sources and developing new methods to transform their population and migration statistics.