Migrant Fatalities, Identification and Data 2016
Together with various actors, such as government representatives, international organisations, academia, NGOs and grass root initiatives, this GMDAC workshop fostered discussion on what is needed in order to improve identification rates and how to include families who have lost loved ones in these procedures. A focus of the workshop was the collection, management, exchange of the relevant data and the involved ethics in this. After two days of very constructive discussion, the participants concluded by identifying and agreeing on points of action:
- Establish the network of actors present at the workshop in a more formalized manner;
- Form specialized working groups;
- Develop protocols for good practice.
Please see below the documentation of presentations held at the workshop and the workshop report.
Introduction: Setting the scene. What is known and what is unknown? A global overview of data on migrant deaths.
Session 1: Management of the dead, identification and data in the Mediterranean context. Challenges for local authorities and national governments, in an international context.
Session 2: Families of the missing migrants – challenges and needs. What difficulties do families face and how can relatives be included in identification processes?
Session 3: Strengthening data systems. What are the problems for making better use of data and how can they be overcome?
Dr. Penelope Miniati (Forensic Science Division, Hellenic Police, Greece): DNA Analysis & Centralized DNA Database: Useful Tools in Identification of Deceased Migrants and Determination of Familial Relations.
Concluding roundtable discussion: Challenges, possibilities and needs for improving policy.
Note: This workshop was funded by UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.