International Metropolis Conference 2019

Published Date: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Marzia Rango (Research and Data Officer, IOM’s GMDAC) attended the annual International Metropolis Conference in Ottawa, Canada, from 24–28 June 2019. The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada hosted this year’s conference, which was attended by more than 1,300 delegates.

Ms. Rango presented GMDAC’s presented joint work with the Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) on big data in two parallel workshops. Big data have a lot of potential when it comes to high spatial resolution, high frequency of collection, wide coverage, large sample sizes, richness of information and its relatively low cost.

KCMD and GMDAC have convened the Big Data for Migration Alliance (BD4M) with the aim of fostering data innovation for migration analysis and policymaking through partnerships across sectors. Work in this area is motivated by the renewed calls for evidenced-based migration policies, which is also importantly reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

The International Metropolis Conference is the largest gathering of experts from academia, governments, and civil society in the field of migration, integration and diversity. The next Metropolis Conference will take place from 16-20 June 2020 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.