“It is necessary to build a system that combines different sources of data on children in vulnerable groups – administrative registers, surveys and others, to obtain a diverse range of information such as level of education, labor market participation, health status, housing conditions and etc. Regarding mobility, cooperation between countries also needs to be improved. At the same time, personal data privacy issues must be considered.” This was stated by the President of the NSI Assoc. Prof. Atanas Atanasov, PhD, who took part in an international conference on presenting the “Manual on Child-Specific Data Capacity Strengthening on Children on the Move”.
The papers offers analytical guidance for national statistical offices and relevant actors on how to help countries and their national statistical systems to improve the collection, analysis, sharing and use of data on children on the move. It is the result of the joint activity of the Hellenic Statistical Authority and the International Data Alliance for Children on the Move.
The conference was held in Athens on the 20th and 21st of November 2023 and was organized by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) with the support of the International Data Alliance for Children on the Move (IDAC) – a global coalition jointly lead by Eurostat, the International Organization on Migration, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and UNICEF. The event was attended by representatives of national statistical offices and other stakeholders working in the field of migration and children.
“Children on the move” is a term that covers many subgroups of children, For example, international migrant children or those in need of international protection. Statistics are crucial for focusing action in the right direction and for developing policies and programs to support children.