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Dataset | 27 April 2021

​KNOMAD-ILO Migration Costs Surveys

he KNOMAD-ILO Migration Costs Surveys (MCS) aim to systematically document monetary and non-monetary costs incurred by migrant workers seeking jobs abroad. The project is a joint initiative by the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD); which is hosted at the World Bank; and the International Labor Organization (ILO). The data is also intended to support methodological work on developing a new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicator 10.7.1 to monitor trends in recruitment costs paid by workers; of which the World Bank and ILO are joint custodians.

Datasets and documentation for the 2015 and 2016 survey waves are now available on the World Bank’s Central Microdata Catalog. Collectively; the surveys covered over 19 bilateral migration corridors with a total of 5;603 interviewed migrants.

The Migration Costs Surveys primarily focused on costs incurred by workers who were recruited in their home countries and received a job offer prior to migrating. On a pilot basis; several migration corridors were also surveyed to account for non-recruited migrants who moved abroad in search of work without prior job offers. In the 2015 dataset; these are limited to workers who migrated to Mexico from Guatemala; Honduras and El-Salvador and in 2016; the relevant corridors are workers who migrated to Italy from multiple African countries and from Central Asia to Russia.

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