Libyan Migration Data Workshop: Collecting, sharing and analysing migration data

Published Date: 
Friday, January 11, 2019

Claus Folden (Senior Adviser, IOM’s GMDAC), Andrea Milan (Data Officer, IOM’s GMDAC), and Kate Dearden (Data Analyst, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project) participated in the Libyan migration data workshop on “Collecting, sharing and analyzing migration data” in Tunis, Tunisia, on 14–15 November.  

The workshop was co-moderated by Mr. Folden, an advisor to the Libyan government’s Migration Working Group, as well as a senior Libyan official, and attended by 25 Libyan Government officials. 

Dr. Milan presented on challenges and opportunities associated with migration data, and he discussed the relevance of migration data in the context of the UN´s 2030 Agenda and other relevant international processes. Ms. Dearden presented on the basics of migration data collection and analysis for developing policy and legislation  and moderated a session on migration data and coordination. From a short data mapping exercise, it became apparent to the participants that government bodies collect migration-related data of which other delegates were not aware. 

Participants worked for different ministries of the UN-backed government based in Tripoli and showed vivid interest in learning how to improve flow and stock data as well as accede on definitions and improving data sharing among relevant actors.