Population Data

Topic(s)
Research and Evidence

The following data resources provide information to understand the composition of populations, migration, and forced displacement. The data are provided through datasets, graphics, dashboards, and reports. Most data are provided at the national level and updated annually for stable contexts. For contexts with changing populations due to emergencies, some data sources provide sub-national data updated quarterly or monthly. 

These data are useful to better understand the context in which an education system is operating, particularly in an emergency situation. Population data provides important information that can be used to identify numbers and locations of populations of concern, including refugees, IDPs, and returnees. This can inform education program response, advocacy efforts, and education sector planning. 

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Database

UNHCR Population Statistics (PopStats)

Published by
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

This site provides data on the populations of concern for UNHCR at yearly intervals. Data include location of origin and destination, status (refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons), and basic demographics (age and sex). 

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Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)

Published by
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)

The IDMC provides data on internal displacement by year and by cause (conflict- or disaster-related). Data include the current stock of displaced persons, newly displaced persons, as well as risk models for displacement.

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Displacement Tracking Matrix

Published by
International Organization for Migration (IOM)

This tracking matrix provides regularly updated subnational data on flows of displacement in monitored situations. Data include the number of persons and households displaced by specific locales. 

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Migration Data Portal

Published by
International Organization for Migration (IOM)

This portal provides migration related data to enable cross-national comparisons. Data include total migrant stock, total migrant flows, indicators comparing foreign-born and native-born population education levels.  

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Integrated Public Use Microdata Series International (IPUMS-I)

Published by
IPUMS International

This data provides integrated accessible census microdata across countries for more in depth analysis of demographics, population movements, and educational attainment by various subgroups. Data include school attendance, school attainment, literacy, language, locality, and country-of-birth.

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