More explanation on the MAFE datasets and the way to access then in the MAFE Methodological Note 7


How to cite the MAFE Data

The MAFE project is coordinated by INED (C. Beauchemin) in partnership with the Université catholique de Louvain (B. Schoumaker), Maastricht University (V. Mazzucato), the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (P. Sakho), the Université de Kinshasa (J. Mangalu), the University of Ghana (P. Quartey), the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (P. Baizan), the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (A. González-Ferrer), the Forum Internazionale ed Europeo di Ricerche sull’Immigrazione (E. Castagnone), and the University of Sussex (R. Black). The MAFE project has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement 217206. The MAFE-Senegal survey was conducted with the financial support of INED, the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France), the Région Ile de France and the FSP programme ’International Migrations, territorial reorganizations and development of the countries of the South’.

How to access the MAFE micro Data

The MAFE datasets are made available to the international scientific community through the portal of the Réseau Quetelet.

 To directly order the MAFE datasets, connect to Reseau Quetelet  and create your user account (or log in if you already have one).

Once connected, click the tab "New resquest". You’ll be asked to provide some information, such as the title and a description of your reasearch project. Then click on "Select studies", where you can either find the MAFE datasets by clicking on INED’s tab or by searching "MAFE" thanks to the filter tool. Don’t forget to validate your request (at the bottom of the page).

When your request is complete, it will be checked within a few days (waiting time may vary) by someone at INED. If your order is approved, you will be requested to sign and send back a printed obligations form. Once your form has been received at INED, you will be able to download the MAFE data online (through the Réseau Quetelet portal).

All files disseminated via the Réseau Quetelet are available free of charge for use in research. All commercial use is therefore prohibited.

If you wish to consult the content of all MAFE’s datasets before ordering them, you can use INED’s Nesstar webview tool. NB: The Nesstar tool is in French, but the content of the MAFE documentation is in English.





How to access the MAFE Contextual Databases

Two contextual databases have been prepared during the MAFE project: 

  • A general database (MAFE CDB) based on existing and publicly available contextual data. The MAFE CDB consists of about 85 indicators covering domains relevant for research on migration. This includes demography, economics, employment and unemployment, education, political context, etc. The sources used to collect the data are mainly international databases e.g., Eurostat, World Bank, OECD International Migration Database. Most indicators cover all the nine “MAFE countries” and provide, as far as possible, data comparable across countries and years. Specific meta-data provide information on the sources used, on indicator definitions, as well as on possible comparability issues.

Users can browse and access to the data and linked meta-data from Ined Nesstar webview tool.  NB: The Nesstar tool is in French, but the content of the MAFE documentation is in English.


Consult the MAFE CDB dictionnaire 


Amparo González Ferrer (

Institute of Economy, Geography and Demography (IEGD)

Center for Humanities & Social Sciences (CCHS)

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)