GMDAC Newsletter Issue No. 1



07 September 2016

One Year Anniversary of GMDAC



GMDAC and IOM Berlin after enjoying lunch together on the Spree. Photo: IOM 2016


IOM GMDAC Celebrates One Year Anniversary

IOM launched the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) in Berlin on 7th September 2015 as part of IOM’s response to growing calls to improve data on international migration globally. Timely data on migration are often scarce or scattered between different agencies and other stakeholders, making it difficult for decision-makers to design appropriate migration policies. Sharing data effectively is often just as important as collecting it and better analysis and communication are both needed to promote a balanced and fact-based debate on migration issues.

The three key goals of GMDAC are:

  1. Knowledge Management: Promote sharing, understanding and use of international migration data;
  2. Capacity Building: Support IOM’s Member States and Observers in building their capacity to collect, analyze and use migration data.
  3. Data analysis: Provide timely and accurate analysis on global migration trends and policies.


German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier meets with heads of international agencies dealing with migration. Photo: AuswaertigesAmt/Photothek/ThomasTrutschel.

Global Migration Data Portal in Berlin

GMDAC is developing a Global Migration Data Portal to gather, in the form of an online query database, key information about global migration from a variety of agencies and national statistical offices, in addition to providing trend analysis. Announcing the project with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on 12 July 2016 in Berlin, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said: “Especially in critical times, such as those we are facing today, it is our task to ensure that responses to migration are based on sound facts and accurate analysis.”

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Frank Laczko
Director, GMDAC
Taubenstr. 20-22
10117 Berlin, Germany

[email protected]



GMDAC in the News

  • On 30 August 2016, Die Welt, Spiegel-Online, Frankfurter Rundschau,, BBC, El Paìs, Le Soir, Tribune de Genève and others reported the findings of the “Mediterranean Missing” project that analyses Italy and Greece’s handling of the investigation, identification, burial and repatriation of migrants drowned at sea. The project is implemented by IOM, the University of York and City University London. For more information on the project click here.
  • On 23 August 2016, Aljazeera London interviewed IOM’s Frank Laczko with regard to the increasing number of missing and dead migrants in the Mediterranean. Laczko explained the recent figures, reasons for the increase and what can be done.
  • Several media reported the findings of IOM’s “Dangerous Journeys” report, which was released on 23 August 2016. It looks at migrant deaths and disappearances worldwide during the first half of 2016. In their articles, AP, The New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News,, Zeit Online, and Vatican Radio and focus on the situation in the Mediterranean that has seen a 28 percent increase of deaths of those crossing in the first six months of 2016 over the first six months of last year and discuss causes for this development. GMDAC director Frank Laczko is quoted saying “The numbers have not increased hugely in terms of those crossing, but the risk of death remains high and is increasing.” For the Data Briefing click here.

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