Information about the population underpins some of the key policy and resource allocation decisions that are made by the government, businesses and the voluntary sector.
These decisions affect the economy, the environment and society and have an impact on every individual in the country.
It is therefore imperative that the population statistics underpinning these decisions are fit for purpose and make use of the most up-to-date data that is available from the census, surveys and administrative data.
In April 2008,we established the migration statistics improvement programme.
This report describes why the programme was created, the outputs that were delivered and the benefits that were achieved or will be achieved as a result of the programme.