At a time of exponential growth of data worldwide, non-traditional sources such as mobile phones, satellites and social media, and new analytical methods, such as machine–learning, can help improve the evidence base for migration policy and practice. However, the potential of these data sources to fill migration data gaps remains largely untapped.

The Big Data for Migration Alliance is the first-ever dedicated network of stakeholders seeking to facilitate responsible data innovation and build partnerships to improve the evidence base on migration and human mobility and its use for policymaking. Convened by IOM GMDAC, the European Commission Knowledge Centre for Migration and Demography, and The GovLab at New York University, it aims to accelerate the ethical use of non-traditional data sources and innovative methods to support migration-related programming and policy on the global, national, and local levels.

As part of the work of the Big Data for Migration Alliance (BD4M), GMDAC curates initiatives to highlight the latest developments in migration data innovation around the globe. Learn more about the initiatives here.