Migration Data for Policy Summer School

Published Date: 
Monday, September 17, 2018

IOM’s GMDAC and the University of Bristol organized their first summer school on “Migration Data for Policy” in Bristol between 9 – 12 July 2018.

The main aim of the Summer School was to meet the needs of government and other officials in their work to improve the evidence base on migration at the local, national, regional and international levels.

Over 30 migration experts from international organizations, academia and government attended as students. Leading experts from the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), IOM, the University of Bristol, National Statistical Offices and various other institutions offered a multitude of panels, workshops and breakout sessions on different aspects of migration data.

The Summer School made use of various migration data training materials in which IOM’s GMDAC has been involved in developing, including on the Migration Data Portal, the Migration Governance Indicators, Migration Profiles, the Missing Migrant Project’s data collection methodology, and monitoring of migration-related SDG targets. It introduced participants to the wealth of resources available to support their work collecting, managing and analyzing migration data from different sources. The Summer School on Migration Data for Policy is a new initiative of IOM’s GMDAC and the University of Bristol, building on the close collaboration already developed through the Worldwide Universities Network-IOM Strategic Alliance.

An outcome document of the Summer School will be published in the coming weeks and a next Summer School is being planned for 2019.