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

Frank Laczko (Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, IOM) 

Keiko Osaki-Tomita (UN DESA, Statistics Division) - Safe migration in the context of SDGs

Session 1: Defining safe migration   

Asmita Naik (Independent Consultant) - Concept of safe migration

Bram Frouws (Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat) - Understanding irregular and unsafe migration from the Horn of Africa to Europe

Michele LeVoy (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants – PICUM) - Irregular migration – what would make it safe within an unsafe context?

Sandra Dowling (University of Bristol) - Conceptualising safe migrations through the prism of disability

Session 2: Measuring safe migration: making the most of the data 

Piotr Juchno (EUROSTAT) - Measuring 'safe' migration - can Eurostat contribute with official statistics?'

Benedetta Cordaro (IOM/DTM Iraq) - Migration flows from Iraq to Europe

Debora Tejero Gonzalez (IOM/DTM) - IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in the context of Migration Flows to Europe

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

Augustine Mopah Akanya (National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Nigeria) - Human Trafficking and “Unsafe Migration” the Nigerian Experience, NAPTIP Perspective

Pablo Diego-Rossel (Gallup) - Measuring Migration and Human Trafficking through the Gallup World Poll

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?

Kristof Tamas (Director and Head of Secretariat of Delmi, the Migration Studies Delegation, Sweden) - Safer routes for Unaccompanied Minors in Europe

Concluding roundtable discussion: Challenges, possibilities and needs for improving policy

Anne Nielsen (DG Research), Stephane Savarimuthu (UNHCR) - EU’s Priorities on Migration Research - Horizon 2020

Stephane Savarimuthu (UNHCR) Challenges, possibilities and needs for improving existing 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.