Launch of the handbook for improving the production and use of migration data for development

Published Date: 
Monday, January 22, 2018
Susanne Melde was among the panelists during the launch of the “Handbook for Improving the Production and Use of Migration Data for Development” which took place in the UN Headquarters in New York on 18 December. Ms Melde focused on chapter 13 from the handbook titled “The Environment, Climate Change, and Disasters: Mainstreaming Migration into Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Development Plans.” She identified two data gap namely the lack of cross-country comparative quantitative studies, while arguing that quantifying “environmental migration” can be difficult due to methodological reasons. The recommendations for addressing the data gaps are as follows:
  1. Integrating human mobility in climate change adaptation and development, disaster risk destruction, land policies and humanitarian protection & response;
  2. Include environment in migration policies;
  3. Assessment of needs;
  4. Linking census data with climatic information to identify hotspots; 
  5. Adding environment to migration surveys and use innovative sources.
The “Handbook for Improving the Production and Use of Migration Data for Development” was produced by the Global Migration Group (GMG) with contributions by 16 agencies to provide guidance to producers and users of international migration data. Frank Laczko, Director of GMDAC, and Bela Hovy of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs were commissioning editors. Ann Singleton, Senior Advisor to GMDAC based at the University of Bristol, edited the Handbook.

Read and download the handbook here.