Abstract: The past decades, international migration has become increasingly important as a source of population growth in the Netherlands as well as in other West European countries. There is an interaction between international migration on the one hand and size and structure of the (non-native) population on the other. Migration flows bring about changes in the size and composition of the ‘stock’ of migrants, whereas the residing non-native population affects future migration flows. The up to now theoretical possibilities in linking immigrant flow and stock data in the Netherlands are improving rapidly. An important development is the introduction of a…new computerized population registration system in the near future. One of the features in the new system is that each inhabitant will be identified by a unique identification number. This promises well for opportunities in matching data at the individual level. It is therefore expected that in the new situation it will be possible to better link immigrant stock and flow data.
Abstract: Modern society is characterized by a growing complexity which is reflected in its population patterns. Using traditional demographic grids and categories, changes in living arrangements and household formation or ethnic composition cannot be covered adequately nor can developments in immigration and procreation patterns be explained or forecasted. Adequate basic population statistics are needed for this, as for studying the effects of social welfare measures, education policies, the integration of ethnic minorities, housing and environmental policies. The NCBS is therefore continuously adapting the scope and definitions of its population statistics.
Abstract: This paper describes the organization and the use of the Business Register at the Central Bureau of Statistics in Croatia. The legal background seems to be a basic problem for improving this register. Methods of data collection, the use of register data and the solution on timeliness are considered. A special difficulty arises because of the introduction of the new classification system NACE. The specific problems of transition countries are also mentioned.
Abstract: Measures of Gross Domestic Product or national income would be more accurate, easier to compile and to interpret, and free of value judgments if they were confined to market activities. Once so confined, and the total frankly referred to as the commercial GDP or the commercial national income, the danger of misinterpretation would be greatly reduced. The present measures are corrupted by well-meaning efforts to make them measures of welfare and of the effect of human action on the environment. Neither welfare nor the environment can be embraced in money totals and the presentation of income totals as though they…are so embraced is deceptive; hence current efforts to widen the scope are to be discouraged. The laudable effort of economics to avoid value judgments is counteracted by the innumerable value judgments implicit in any interpretation of GDP that goes beyond the market. Mother's cooking mayor may not be the best, but it is worth more than zero. On the other hand, statistics of the distribution of the commercial GDP would be of great value to most users, especially for tax policy and marketing.
Abstract: Coordination of activities of statistical services of the Commonwealth of Independent States, development of a single statistical policy and assistance in the broad information exchange – these are main tasks of the CIS Statistical Committee established at the beginning of last year. The most important activities of the Statistical Committee include the development of statistical methodology to be applied in all CIS member countries, setting up of a single system of statistical indicators and data collection methodology and analysis, compilation of systematic statistical information characterizing social and economic developments of the Commonwealth states and their interdependance, and methodological assistance to…the statistical services in filling out questionnaires of the UN and other international organizations. Means for solving these problems are presented in the following article.