This package provides mechanisms for classifying border crossings using a rules-based methodology. The goal of performing this type of classification is to identify any potential long-term migrants. A long-term migration is defined as a border crossing involving a change in residence status. A border crossing counts as a long-term migration to/from a country if it entails a change from non-residence to residence or residence to non-residence. The rules-based classification that used to determine a long-term migration is defined by a threshold duration and a test duration, alternatively named window size. Under a 12/16 rule, for instance, the threshold duration is 12 months and the test duration (window size) is 16 months. With a 9/12 rule, the threshold duration is 9 months and the test duration (window size) is 12 months. For more information about the methodology applied, please visit Stats NZ (2020) https://www.stats.govt.nz/methods/defining-migrants-using-travel-histories-and-the-1216-month-rule.

The main functions are: * initialize_logger: is used to initialize the futile.logger so that the user can be notified with the current status of running RBC.


Install development version migrbc from GitHub:


Install stable version migrbc from CRAN:




Setting up a Logger (Optional)

We applied futile.logger for troubleshooting and hence, provided an utility function for initializing the logger. More information about the logger can be found with the link (https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=futile.logger). The parameter log_level is a number in the set of 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 9:

futile.logger::FATAL: 1
futile.logger::ERROR: 2
futile.logger::WARN:  4
futile.logger::INFO:  6
futile.logger::DEBUG: 8
futile.logger::TRACE: 9
Suppresse log messages to the console:

migrbc::initialize_logger(log_level = 1)

Display all type of log messages to the console

migrbc::initialize_logger(log_level = 9)

Copyright and Licensing

The package is Crown copyright (c) 2020, Statistics New Zealand on behalf of the New Zealand Government, and is licensed under the MIT License.

Creative Commons License
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