Big data and alternative data sources on migration: from case studies to policy support

On 30 November 2017, the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) and IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) organised the workshop "Big data and alternative data sources on migration: from case studies to policy support".

Researchers, data holders/providers, policymakers and practitioners gathered to:

1. Review latest concrete and innovative applications of big data and alternative data sources for a better understanding of migration-related phenomena, and practical examples of use for policymakers.

2. Identify the most promising applications of big data and alternative sources to complement and enrich traditional data on migration.

3. Discuss possibilities, obstacles, and requirements for more systematic use of big data in the field of migration, and for increased collaboration between researchers, data providers and policymakers.

4. Suggest pragmatic follow-up steps to expand use of such data sources in support of migration policymaking.

The workshop was held at the European Commission - Joint Research Centre premises.

For more information visit the dedicated webpage of the European Commission here.

Contact points: Michele Vespe (JRC - KCMD) & Marzia Rango (GMDAC)

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