Strengthening the collection and use of migration data in the context of the 2030 Agenda

Published Date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019


The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Population Division, and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), organized a regional workshop on “Strengthening the Collection and Use of International Migration Data in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, on 5-8 February 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. 

The workshop aimed to increase the capacity of participating countries to produce comprehensive national migration data that meet international standards, and to enhance understanding of the uses and limitations of migration data for policy purposes and for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Marzia Rango, Data and Research Officer at IOM’s GMDAC, presented GMDAC’s work with the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) on big data for migration, the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI), as well as the cooperation with UN DESA on SDG 10.7.2 indicator (Number of countries with migration policies to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people). 

The workshop was attended by representatives from National Statistical Offices and ministries in charge of international migration data collection from 11 countries in Asia, as well as experts from international, regional and national organizations, including Eurostat, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the US Census Bureau,  and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. 

The workshop featured sessions on key concepts and sources of international migration data, including dedicated sessions on censuses, household surveys, administrative data sources, innovative data sources and data integration. The workshop also provided an opportunity for countries to provide input to the revision of the 1998 Recommendations for Statistics of International Migration.