Understanding Migration in the 21st century

Published Date: 
Friday, June 28, 2019


The 16th annual IMISCOE conference “Understanding International Migration in the 21st Century: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches”  was organized at the  University of Malmö, Sweden  between June 26-28 2019.

Emma Borgnäs, Data and Policy Analyst at GMDAC, presented on topics related to current efforts and challenges with regards to the collection, analysis and dissemination of data on migrant children, including child victims of trafficking, and presented GMDAC’s Migration Governance Indicators in a workshop on migration policy indices.

In the panel “Towards reflexive knowledge production in migration studies” Ms Borgnäs shared findings from an upcoming IOM publication presenting key statistics on migrant, refugee and displaced children who are victims of human trafficking, or at risk of trafficking child trafficking, highlighting the many challenges and limitations of current data and research in this field. In the panel “Data on child migrants: evaluating existing statistics and conceiving child-specific migration data” different researchers contributed their knowledge on various aspects of child migration and mobility. Ms. Borgnäs presented Ann Singleton’s (GMDAC’s Senior Advisor) chapter “Data: creating the empirical base for development of child migration policy and protection“, which has been published in the “Research Handbook on Child Migration” (Jacqeline Bhabha, et al). The ensuing panel discussion focused on the importance of producing new evidence on child migrants and their experiences by using arrange of tools including qualitative interviews, use of existing macro data and child-centered surveys to close the knowledge gap with regards to child migrants. In a workshop addressing “The future of assessment of migration policies: developing and mainstreaming migration policy indicators and indexes“, Ms. Borgnäs presented GMDAC’s work on the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) and the methodology of an upcoming comparative report of 49 countries who have implemented the MGI. This was followed by a discussion among panelists focused on the future of migration policy indices.

IMISCOE is one of the largest European networks of scholars in the area of migration and integration. The annual IMISCOE conferences gather leading migration scholars in Europe. The network brings together 46 European institutes and over 700 scholars from all over the world.