Tuesday, June 24, 2014

FSM SBOC issues Internation and Interstate Movement report

FSMIS (June 24, 2014): The FSM Office of Statistics, Budget and Economic Management, Overseas Development Assistance, and Compact Management (SBOC) has released its publication on International and Interstate Movement.
Ms. Evelyn Adolph, Director of SBOC, explains at the beginning of the document:
"This report, formerly called International Visitor Arrivals and later International and Interstate Visitor Migration, has now been changed to International and Interstate Movements. This is to reflect the additional information not previously captured such as arrivals and departures of FSM citizens, and to properly denote the information presented. This expansion has been made possible by the improved immigration database system."
Mr. Mathew Chigiyal,, SBOC Assistant Director in charge of the Division of Statistics, also indicates that the report covers the period from 2008 to 2013. In terms of the data, Mr. Chigiyal says,

"The data in this publication are based on the declared information by all persons, FSM and non-FSM citizens, arriving into and departing from FSM and each of the states. This report provides information on the international and interstate migration for each state by year, month, purpose of visit & departure and citizenship."
The report shows that in 2013, there were a total of 42,109 non-FSM citizens visiting the country compared to 38,263 in 2012.
Of this number, 63.4% visited Pohnpei; Chuuk had 18.6%; Yap 13.3% and Kosrae 4.6%.
The availability of the report coincides with the recent upsurge in discussing the factors that impede the tourism sector in the FSM as well as the problems that are sustained by the largely fragmented transportation services.


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