Meeting Summary: Second International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS)
From 19 to 21 January 2020, the second International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS) took place in Cairo, Egypt. As the only global meeting focusing specifically on how to improve data and statistics on migration, the Forum promotes dialogue across a range of actors. The IFMS is jointly organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA). This second edition of the Forum was hosted by the Egyptian Government under the auspices of the African Union (AU), building on the first Forum hosted by OECD in Paris in January 2018. The conference involved over 700 participants from 99 countries, bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders. There were six plenary and 50 parallel sessions involving experts and organizational leaders in the area of migration data and statistics.
The meeting summary below highlights key messages from the Forum and the way forward in view of the IFMS 2022.