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Ongoing activities

  • The Steering Group on population and housing censuses is updating its information repository on the 2020 round of the population and housing censuses in the UNECE member countries with changes related to COVID-19.
  • The Steering Group on migration statistics created a page on the statistical response to COVID-19 in the National Statistical Offices of selected countries represented in the Steering Group, with reference in particular to the collection, processing and reporting of data on migration.
  • UNECE conducted a study of the practices of national statistical offices in adapting to the COVID-19 crisis situation their household surveys that are used for poverty measurement. Available in English and Russian.


  • The Group of Experts on Population and Housing Statistics will hold online meetings on 29 September (focus on countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia) and 30 September-1 October (all UNECE region), with a focus on census operations in the context of the Covid pandemic. Call for abstracts and registration details here.
  • The Steering Group on gender statistics, in partnership with UN Women, is preparing a proposal to develop a minimum set of questions data producers might add to household surveys such as household budget and expenditure surveys or labour force surveys, to measure the differential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and men. A concept note will be publicly available soon.

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  1. (ONS) COVID-19 related deaths by ethnic group: 02/03/20 to 10/03/20 

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by ethnic group, England and Wales: 2 March 2020 to 10 April 2020

    Publication from the UK Office for National Statistics.

    "Comparison of deaths where the coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate by broad age group, sex and ethnic group, using linked census and mortality records on deaths registered up to 17 April 2020. Includes death counts, cause-specific mortality ratios and odds ratios to identify differential risks of COVID-19-related deaths."…

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  2. The UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) published this blog on understanding international migration in a rapidly changing world. 21 May 2020.

    Restrictions designed to halt the spread of COVID-19 have changed patterns of international travel dramatically. Jay Lindop explains how our migration statistics are changing to reflect this new context.