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ASEAN Labour Migration Statistics

The International Labour Migration Statistics (ILMS) Database in ASEAN


The International Labour Migration Statistics (ILMS) Database in ASEAN is the first of its kind in the region. It provides a coherent and powerful research tool for policymakers and others to profile and monitor the international migrant labour force within the region.

The ILMS Database gathers together a range of statistical sources relating to international migrants and international migrant workers in the ten ASEAN Member States in order to fill an important knowledge gap. It comes at a critical time for ASEAN as it reaches a major milestone – the creation of the ASEAN Community in 2015. In order to manage and understand international labour migration trends more coherently, the ILMS Database collected relevant, comparable and tractable data, including from a range of previously unpublished sources. The data include countries' stocks of international migrants and international migrant workers; the corresponding annual inflows of these; and countries' stocks and outflows of nationals abroad.

The ILMS database was created by the ILO’s ASEAN TRIANGLE project funded by Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (GAC). Since 2016, the ILMS Database in ASEAN is supported by the TRIANGLE in ASEAN programme, which is a partnership between the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the GAC and the ILO.

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