Argentina seems to be not a ASM hotspot. By default the estimation from 1999 is protracted and rounded to full thousands: 6,000.
Max/min: Without newer data, uncertainty is very high. It seems reasonable to believe that the number of miners is somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000.
Female participation: It seems reasonable to believe that a quarter of the persons involved are women: 1,500.
Gold: All data are for ASGM. → 6,000

2018: 5,800

(IGF-18) & (ARM-18)
Data inherited from ILO-99

1999: 5,800

(ILO-99): Employment: 5,800

Number of mines: 670 
Illegal mines: n/a 
ReferenceYearCitationArchived CopyLink
ARM-182018Barreto, M.L.,Schein, P., Hinton, J., Hruschka, F. (2018): The Impact of Small-Scale Mining Operations on Economies and Livelihoods in Low- to Middle-Income Countries. ARM, Envigado, PACT,…
IGF-182018IGF (2018): Global Trends in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM): A review of key numbers and issues. IIED/IISD, London,…
ILO-991999Jennings, N. (1999): Social and labour issues in small-scale mines. Report for discussion at the Tripartite Meeting on Social and Labour Issues in Small-scale Mines. ILO,…
ASM DATA - Country Database Record
Country CodeARG
ASM StatusExisting (data assessed)
Country Count1
Data year1999
Publ. year2018
ASM Miners6,000
- gold6 ,000
Data curation as reported
Inc. DevMinno
- min.5,000
- max.10,000
- female1 ,500
ASM Commoditiesgold
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