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20 Oct 2015

Enhancing migration data management in Lesotho: Assessment and recommendations

With a long history of labour migration to South Africa and large amounts of remittances sent home, migration is an important livelihood and poverty reduction strategy in Lesotho. Indeed, migration presents both challenges and opportunities for human development. Yet, maximizing the positive contributions of migration requires evidence-based decision-making and policy development and improved data collection and analysis.

Carried out in close cooperation with several government institutions, this assessment shows that thirty-four datasets containing information on migration exist in Lesotho. However, the country’s largely paper-based systems hinder adequate collection, analysis, reporting and sharing of this data. Although many public institutions do collect data on migration, this data remains untapped – kept in computer files or filing cabinets of the relevant ministry or department. Policymakers, therefore, have limited access to the information and data they need for decision-making and planning on migration and development.

This assessment provides an overview of existing datasets on migration and how they could be used. The report identifies gaps and proposes steps that could be taken to enhance the country’s migration data management. 

  • List of acronyms
  • List of Tables and figures
  • Executive summary
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Methodology
  • 3. Migration data availability
    • A) Population census and household surveys
    • B) Data collection at the borders
    • C) Administrative sources
  • 4. Migration data management: Current practices
    • A) Ministry of home affairs – Immigration and passport control department
    • B) Ministry of employment and labour
    • C) Directorate of national employment services
    • D) Bureau of Statistics (BOS)
    • E) Ministry of foreign affairs and international relations
    • F) Teba limited
  • 5. Rules, procedures and legal framework
    • A) Ministry of home affairs
    • B) Ministry of employment and labour
  • 6. Resources
    • A) Computers networks and connectivity
    • B) Hardware and software
    • C) Human resources
  • 7. Gaps
    • A) Migration data availability
    • B) Reporting/analysis/data mining
    • C) Physical resources
    • D) Human resources
    • E) Legislation, regulations and procedures
    • F) Data sharing
  • 8. Recommendations
    • A) Migration data availability
    • B) Reporting/analysis/data mining
    • C) Physical resources
    • D) Human resources
    • E) Data legislation, regulations and procedures
  • 9. Bibliography