Improving Labour Migration Statistics in Kenya

Strengthening the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection staff in generating robust statistics on International Labour Migration.

Article | 06 October 2023
The training in labour market indicators and labour migration statistics for Kenya was held from 25 – 29 September 2023 in Mombasa, Kenya, with the aim of strengthening the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection staff in generating robust statistics on International Labour Migration. These statistics, which draw from various censuses and sample household surveys, were aligned with the latest guidelines from the 19th and 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS). The workshop gathered a total of 20 representatives from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (ML&SP). Notably, the Director of Production Statistics at KNBS and the Deputy Commissioner for Labour from the ML&SP were among the participants.

The training covered multiple topics including Key Labour Market Concepts, such as Work, Employment, Unemployment and Labour Underutilisation, International Classifications relating to Labour Market Statistics – classification of occupations – (ISCO), classification of economic activities (ISIC), and classifications Status in employment (ICSE-18). The complex area of informal enterprises, informal employment, and informal economies was also illuminated. Furthermore, the training assessed labour migration statistics, elucidating their policy relevance, fundamental concepts, and definitions. Moreover, attendees enhanced their knowledge about key indicators and reliable data sources in this domain.

As the training was about to conclude, each trainee was tasked with identifying the pivotal takeaways from this immersive experience. Accordingly, participants highlighted the significance of the ICLS guidelines, Labour Market Indicators especially the difference between work and employment, the difference between international mobility, international migration, as well as the differentiation between child activities, child labour and hazardous work.
Lastly, in his closing remarks, Mr. Bonaya Kase, the Deputy Labour Commissioner from the ML&SP, articulated the vital role of credible statistics in informed decision-making, particularly within the labour sector. He expressed a firm commitment to harness the knowledge and statistics acquired during this training to enhance labour management throughout Kenya, reinforcing the profound impact of this transformative endeavour.