United Nations Demographic Yearbook 1948

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The Economic and Social Council at its fourth session, 28 February to 29 March 1947, recommended that the United Nations publish "a demographic yearbook, containing regular series of basic demographic statistics, comparable within and among themselves, and relevant calculations of comparable rates." This action of the Economic and Social Council stemmed from the report of the first session of the Statistical Commission, which had recommended that "demographic data concerning the different countries of the world be assembled and published by the United Nations," and from the report of the first session of the Population Commission, which had stated its belief that "the regular provision of accurate, comparable and comprehensive statistical and other data concerning populations and population movements is of the greatest importance to the United Nations and to the specialized agencies," and recommended that there be authorized ". . . in addition to any inclusion of population statistics in general annual or other periodic publications of the United Nations, the publication by the Secretary General of a demographic yearbook."

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International migration

Statistical tables of international migration are subject to many more difficulties than are tables on population, vital statistics and most other demographic subjects. These difficulties are due to the absence of a uniform and r practical definition of the term migrant in the statistical returns of the various countries. Also the practical problems to be solved in collecting adequate statistics of migrants are many. Fundamentally, migrants must be distinguished from all other travellers crossing international borders; and in most cases, the distinction can only be made on the basis of declared intention regarding ( length of stay, exercise of an occupation, etc.


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