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Study: EU-LFS 2008


Title European Union Labour Force Survey 2008


EU-LFS 2008 contains the Module on the Labour market situation of migrants and their immediate descendants. The aim of the module is to get a comprehensive and comparable set of data on the labour market situation of migrants and their immediate descendants in order to monitor progress towards the common objectives of the European Employment Strategy and of the Social Inclusion Process.

The target group is composed of all persons aged 15 to 74 (or all persons aged 16 to 74 for the countries where the target group for the core LFS is from 16 years old).


Geographical Coverage

The EU-LFS 2008 covers "the 27 Member States of the European Union, Norway, Switzerland and the candidate countries, Croatia, Iceland [..], Turkey and, for the first time, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia." (Eurostat (2010): Quality report of the European Union Labour Force Survey 2008, p. 4.) Turkey and Malta are not included in the micro-data.


Time Period Covered

The EU-LFS 2008 "is designed as a continuous quarterly survey with interviews spread uniformly over all weeks of a quarter. Each reference week starts on Monday and ends on Sunday. The first week of a year or quarter is defined as the week that includes the first Thursday of the year or the quarter.
Turkey and Switzerland have remained the only two countries not conducting a continuous survey. Turkey, although producing quarterly results, only covers the first week of each month, whereas Switzerland only has an annual survey carried out in the second quarter." (Eurostat (2010): Quality report of the European Union Labour Force Survey 2008, pp. 4-5.)




Country Specific Information: EU-LFS 2008