Estimating Transnational Human Mobility on a Global Scale

40 Pages Posted: 8 May 2019

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Ettore Recchi

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre

Emanuel Deutschmann

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre

Michele Vespe

European Union - Joint Research Center

Date Written: April 2019

Abstract

We devise an integrated estimate of country-to-country cross-border human mobility on the basis of global statistics on tourism and air passenger traffic. The joint use of these two sources allows us to (a) test for their relative contribution, and (b) correct for their limitations to the estimate of global mobility by combining them. The two sources are adjusted and merged following simple procedures. The resulting dataset, which covers more than 15 billion estimated trips over the years 2011 to 2016, promises to be a systematic and comprehensive resource on transnational human mobility worldwide. In this paper, we illustrate the data characteristics and transformations adopted in creating this dataset. First applications are explored, and its remaining limits are discussed.

Keywords: transnational human mobility, travel, globalization, network data, tourism, air traffic

Suggested Citation

Recchi, Ettore and Deutschmann, Emanuel and Vespe, Michele, Estimating Transnational Human Mobility on a Global Scale (April 2019). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2019/30, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3384000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3384000

Ettore Recchi (Contact Author)

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre ( email )

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Emanuel Deutschmann

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre ( email )

Villa Malafrasca
Via Boccaccio 151
Florence, I-50133
Italy

Michele Vespe

European Union - Joint Research Center ( email )

Via Enrico Fermi 2749, Ispra, VA
Ispra (VA), 21027
Italy

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