Established in Berlin in September 2015, at the invitation of the Government of Germany, IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) aims to contribute to IOM's overall effort to compile, analyse and share data on international migration.

Timely data on migration are often scarce, making it difficult for decision-makers to develop effective migration policies.

Even when migration statistics do exist, policymakers may not make full use of them, because data are often scattered between different stakeholders and between different countries.

Sharing data effectively is often just as important as collecting data.

Poor presentation of migration data can contribute to misperceptions about migration, and can distort public opinion.

Better analysis and communication of the data are needed to promote a balanced debate on migration issues.




  1. Data analysis of migration trends
  2. Coordination of IOM data
  3. New research on emerging global issues
  4. Data capacity-building, training and tools
  5. Policy engagement and partnerships


  1. Knowledge management: Promoting a better understanding of, access to, and use of global migration data
  2. Capacity building: Enhancing IOM's efforts to meet governments' requests for migration data capacity-building
  3. Data analysis and monitoring of global migration trends and SDG migration-related targets