UN Expert Group Meeting on improving migration data for global processes

Published Date: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) organized an expert group meeting on improving migration data in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in New York, from 1–3 July 2019.

Frank Laczko (Director, IOM’s GMDAC) co-chaired the UN Expert Group on Migration Statistics with Statistics South Africa and Marzia Rango (Research and Data Officer, IOM’s GMDAC) presented on Big Data and how to incorporate them in the revision of the 1998 UN Recommendations on Statistics of International Migration.

The UN Expert Group Meeting focused on the revision of the current recommendations, which included looking at the concept and definition of migrant, data integration issues, the key elements of the Global Programme on International Migration Statistics.

The expert group offered its full support for the revision of the recommendations on the basis of changing migration patterns, new technological developments in the integration of data and the development of other alternative sources of data. The revision will be ready for submission to the UN Statistical Commission next year and seek approval for 2021. There are still various rounds of consultations expected before finalization of the document.

The UN Expert Group consists of 16 countries, along with UN agencies, bodies and academic experts. The next steps will include continuing to work on the revision of recommendations, the technical report on measuring migration-relevant SDG indicators and the establishment of new partnerships.