IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), jointly with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and with the guidance of GMDAC’s Advisory Board, is developing the Migration Data Portal. The Portal aims to serve as a unique access point to timely and comprehensive migration statistics, which are now scattered across many different organizations and agencies.
The Portal was officially announced on 12 July 2016 at the 2nd Berlin Roundtable on Refugees and Migration in Berlin, where the former German Foreign Minister met with heads of international organizations working in the area of migration. The Roundtable was attended by IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration Peter Sutherland, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Elhadj As Sy, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, and World Bank Group Chief Administrative Officer Shaolin Yang.
The key objectives are:
- Becoming a point of first entry for all relevant stakeholders in search of reliable, intelligible information and data about migration globally.
- Providing context and analysis of key migration data to help users navigate the often scattered and complicated nature of migration data.
- Becoming a widely-used platform for the migration community of public sector representatives, academics, experts, NGOs and journalists to access, share, discuss, contribute and improve migration data.
- By making the evidence about migration issues accessible and easy to understand, the Portal aims to contribute to a more informed public debate.
The overall purpose of the Portal is to draw together key data and recent studies on migration globally, organized by theme, with a strong use of visualizations and interactive elements throughout. Especially in critical times, such as those faced today, it is essential to ensure that responses to migration are based on sound facts and accurate analysis.
The Portal is supported financially by Germany, the US and UK Aid.
Its official launch is expected in December 2017.
For more information please contact Susanne Melde (SMelde@iom.int).
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