26 November 2021

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Research into more timely population and migration estimates

26 November 2021

Today we are publishing research on transforming our population and migration statistics, based on our approach to make best use of all available data to produce the best possible statistics at a point in time.  

This includes an update on our recent progress in this transformation journey, summarising and signposting the detailed research. The Centre for International Migration is publishing an overview of how ONS intends to integrate admin data with statistical modelling to produce coherent international migration estimates. We are also sharing further research which develops our understanding of our admin-based population estimates (ABPEs) for England and Wales in more depth, including our first time series, as well as research into how the student population appears in administrative data.

On Monday 29 November 2021 we will be sharing new analysis exploring visa journeys and the next steps for visa holders.

About the releases:

Admin-based Population and Migration Estimates, a research update

Find out more about our recent research and how we are transforming population and migration statistics to an approach which puts administrative data at the core. 

Read the update

International Migration statistical design

Following on from our April report on Admin-Based Migration Estimates (ABMEs), this update provides an overview of how we plan to integrate these estimates with statistical modelling to produce coherent international migration estimates.

Read the report

Developing admin-based population estimates, England and Wales: 2016-2020

In this release we are sharing the progress we have made in developing and understanding our admin-based population estimates in more depth through a time-series analysis. 

Read the article

Understanding Students across Administrative Data in England and Wales

In this release we are sharing our research into how the student population of England and Wales appears in administrative data.

Read the article

Other publications in this series:


Related publications you may be interested in

How we are improving migration and population statistics - find out more about our population and migration statistics transformation journey.

Rich Pereira

Rich Pereira is the head of the Centre for Ageing and Demography. You can follow Rich on Twitter for the latest in population statistics news @RichPereira_ONS.


Becky Tinsley

Becky Tinsley is the Deputy Director for Social Statistics Transformation, Analysis and Research.

Jay Lindop

Jay Lindop is the head of the Centre for International Migration. You can follow Jay on Twitter for the latest in migration statistics news @JayLindop_ONS.


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