Monitoring Who Moves Where: Information Systems for Internal and International Migration

  • John StillwellEmail author
  • Peter Boden
  • Adam Dennett
Part of the Understanding Population Trends and Processes book series (UPTA, volume 4)


Given the wide variety of types of migration with different motivations taking place at different spatial scales, it is not surprising that there is no single source of data that provides comprehensive and reliable information about the volume, complexion and distribution of migration flows. The reality is that migration data are derived from many different sources, several of which were not created with the intention of providing migration statistics per se. This chapter outlines the main sources of census, survey and administrative data on international and internal migration before explaining and illustrating three migration information systems developed at the University of Leeds that serve as ‘one-stop shops’ for users to access different types of migration data.


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The authors acknowledge the influential role that Phil Rees has played in UK migration research and the major contributions he has made to the development of each of the systems exemplified in this chapter in particular. Each author has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with Phil over a number of years and learnt a great deal from his guidance and suggestions.

John Stillwell and Adam Dennett also acknowledge the support of ESRC through the Census Programme grant to the Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research (CIDER) (RES-348-25-0005) and the role of Oliver Duke-Williams in developing the WICID system. The UPTAP project award (RES-163-25-003) entitled ‘What happens when international migrants settle’ gave Peter Boden the opportunity to work on the NMD. The development of EDD has been supported by funding under the ESPON programme for the DEMIFER project which is being carried out by a team of researchers from the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI, Netherlands), the University of Vienna (UNIVIE, Austria), the International Organization for Migration/Central European Forum for Migration and Population Research (IOM/CEFMR, Poland), the School of Geography at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom), the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (NEAA, Netherlands), the Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Nordregio, Sweden), and the National Research Council (CNR, Italy).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Geography, University of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, Chorley InstituteLondonUK

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