APEC Forum: Labour Mobility Statistics


The Australian Government, with the endorsement of the APEC Human Resource Development Working Group is hosting a two-day forum to discuss labour mobility data collection in the Asia-Pacific region, and to explore strategies for improving the collection and sharing of labour mobility data and labour data information across the region.

There is a shortage of harmonised regional and global labour mobility data, and opportunities exist to improve how data and information are shared to inform mobility in APEC economies.

Rapid structural changes in the global economy and globalisation have heightened the need for timely, reliable and internationally comparable data that enable governments and businesses to respond to emerging economic needs.

This APEC forum provides an opportunity for government officials from statistical offices and agencies responsible for labour and migration policies to discuss and share new approaches and best practices.

Event details

  • Dates: 2–3 May 2019
  • Where: Hotel Sheraton Miramar, Viña del Mar, Chile

The Program

The program is aimed at discussing strategies for harmonising and sharing labour mobility data among APEC economies.

Themes to be discussed include:

  • the findings of a baseline study of current labour mobility data collection practices in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • innovative approaches to data collection and sharing, with primary emphasis on concepts, definitions and methodologies for measurement and harmonisation of labour mobility data.
  • opportunities for capacity building in data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • a recommended set of priorities and actions to cultivate common understanding and agreement on the measurement of labour mobility statistics.

Attendees who wish to make a scheduled presentation in the workshop program should contact the forum manager, Dr Jabulane Matsebula via email at Jabulane.Matsebula@employment.gov.au.

Workshop materials will be circulated before the event, followed by a synthesis report.