Established in Berlin in September 2015 at the invitation of the Government of Germany, the International Organization for Migration’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) was set up to respond to calls for better international migration data and analysis. Data are key to inform migration governance, improve programming and promote a better public understanding of 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.

IOM’s GMDAC has established partnerships with a multiplicity of agencies and organizations including: European Commission’s KCMD, UN DESA, World Bank, UNICEF, McKinsey & Company, Economist Intelligence Unit, OECD. Read more about our achievements and current work here.


  1. Strengthen the role of data in global migra­tion governance (e.g. Global Compact for Migration, Sustainable Development Goals).
  2. Support IOM Member States’ capacities to col­lect, analyse and use migration data.
  3. Promote evidence-based policies by compiling, sharing and analysing IOM and other sources of data.