Measuring Labour Mobility and Migration Using Big Data

Exploring the Potential of Social-Media Data for Measuring EU Mobility Flows and Stocks of EU Movers

Published in: Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (2019). doi: 10.2767/474282

Posted on RAND.org on December 12, 2019

by Cloé Gendronneau, Arkadiusz Wisniowski, Dilek Yildiz, Emilio Zagheni, Lee Florio, Yuan Hsiao, Martin Stepanek, Ingmar Weber, Guy Abel, Stijn Hoorens

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Some 17.6 million EU citizens are currently living and working abroad, and 4% of the EU population of working age lives in another EU country. Having up-to-date information about the nature and extent of such mobility is important for policy making. However, timely and reliable statistics on the number of EU citizens residing in or moving across other Member states are difficult to obtain.

This report explores the possibilities of using geo-tagged data from social media such as those from Facebook and Twitter—to develop a method to provide more timely and potentially more accurate EU mobility statistics.

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