The creation of the new Global Migration Data Analysis Centre in Berlin, Germany, is IOM’s response to growing calls for comprehensive data on global migration trends.

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. To provide authoritative and timely analysis of data on global migration issues and become a global hub for data on migration;
  2. To contribute to the monitoring of migration-related targets within the Sustainable Development Goals framework, and facilitate new research on emerging global migration trends;
  3. To enhance IOM efforts to build the data capacities of its Member States, Observers, and partners