Understanding and Measuring "Safe" Migration
Together with various actors, such as government representatives, international organisations, academia, NGOs and grass root initiatives, this GMDAC workshop fostered discussion on the concept of “safe migration”, while highlighting gaps in the coverage of migration statistics. After two days of constructive dialogue and exchange of information workshop participants agreed on several conclusions and recommendations amongst which:
- indicators, definition and measurement of safe migration
- standardization of registration data systems could improve the quality of data collected and enable better comparison activities
- stronger collaboration among actors collecting and working with data
- collect more and better data while protecting migrants´ identity
- each country/region to develop their own indicators to monitor safe migration
Please see below the documentation of presentations held at the workshop and the workshop report.
Introduction: Setting the scene
Session 1: Defining safe migration
Michele LeVoy (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants – PICUM) - Irregular migration – what would make it safe within an unsafe context?
Session 2: Measuring safe migration: making the most of the data
Session 3: Human trafficking and “unsafe migration”
Harry Cook (Data Management & Research Specialist, Migrant Assistance Division, IOM) - IOM’s Human Trafficking and other Exploitative Practices Prevalence Indication Survey in Greece, Hungary and the Western Balkans
Session 4: Case study: safe migration of children
Ulrike Schwarz (Federal Association for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees, B-umF) - Which factors could contribute to the vulnerability of children before and during the journey as well as after their arrival?
Concluding roundtable discussion: Challenges, possibilities and needs for improving policy
Note: This workshop is funded by UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.