UN World Data Forum
15-18 January 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
The inaugural United Nations World Data Forum in Cape Town, marked the beginning of 2017 with its moto “Harnessing the Power of Data for Sustainable Development”. More than 300 speakers from across the global data community presented ongoing and innovative approaches to producing data and statistics with a view to sustainable development goals. Around 2,000 data experts from more than 100 countries joined the Forum from national statistical offices, the private sector, international organizations, and civil society groups, as well as political leaders and sustainable development advocates.
GMDAC´s director Dr. Laczko delivered a presentation on capacity-building in developing countries, which includes the development of training and guidance tools on migration data collection, analysis and reporting, both at the national and regional level. He also stressed lack of knowledge and data gaps in international migration figures.
Seminar on Migration and Environmental Change
24 January 2016
The Institute of Migration of Finland organized a seminar on “Migration and environmental change” as a first event in a seminar series. Key note speakers included Prof. Jukka Kähykö of the University of Turku who spoke about global environmental change as well as Emeritus Prof. Roger Zetter of Oxford who spoke about including human rights in the discourse on environmentally displaced people highlighting the example of Bangladesh.
GMDAC´s Research and Policy Officer for Migration and Environment, Susanne Melde, presented the comparative findings of the MECLEP project. Ms. Melde showcased policy frameworks and implications for every pilot country (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Mauritius, Viet Nam, Papua New Guinea) as well as the impact on housing materials and mobility on well-being (the full presentation can be accessed here).
A panel discussion with representatives of the Finnish Red Cross, Greenpeace Finland and Finn Church Aid, Finland’s largest humanitarian organization highlighted challenges in the current anti-immigrant and refugee debates in the public domain. Among other topics the need for action based on evidence at global level was discussed, with a specific reference to the advances as part of the Global Compact on Migration and Refugees (for background information see here).
Inter-agency workshop on Social Media monitoring
6-7 February 2017
GMDAC´s Research Officer Marzia Rango participated in an inter-agency workshop on social media monitoring and migration, organized by Frontex at its Headquarters in Warsaw. Frontex´s initiative aims to enhance information exchange between EU agencies and international organizations working on social media monitoring and innovative sources of migration data, as well as discuss issues and challenges associated with this type of activities. The workshop focused particularly on social media monitoring for better understanding of irregular migration to Europe, smuggling practices, and migrants’ communication strategies.
Social media platforms are widely used by certain groups of migrants en route to Europe, to keep in touch with friends and relatives. At the same time, such platforms are also used by migrant smugglers to advertise their services, taking advantage of users’ anonymity, restricted pages, encryption and use of the dark net. Facebook appears to be as the most popular social platform for recruitment of migrants, though Twitter, VK, Google Plus, Skype, Viber, YouTube, WhatsApp, WordPress, and Reddit are also used for this purpose.
In this respect, regular monitoring of social media may help provide information on migration routes and risks, improve preparedness, tackle criminal activity and possibly create early-warning systems for irregular migration to Europe.
Migration and Development Debate Series Interview
Dr. Eduard Gnesa, Special Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation for International Cooperation in Migration discussed with GMDAC the of Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and the Global Compact on Migration. The interview took place on the margins of the sixth edition of the Migration and Development Debate Series in Berlin.
ABOUT: Dr. Eduard Gnesa was appointed in 2009 Special Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation for International Cooperation in Migration. He served as chair for the Global Forum on Migration and Development in 2011 and for the Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees in 2008. Prior to these he was director of the Federal Office of Immigration, Integration and Emigration as well as the Federal Office for Migration.
Hidden Migration, Data & Policy
9-10 March, 2017 | Bristol, UK
MIGRANT DEATHS AND DISAPPEARANCES WORLDWIDE: 2016 ANALYSIS
This data briefing, produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, examines the available data on migrant deaths in 2016. Key figures for regions in which migrant deaths have been recorded – namely, the Mediterranean, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Southeast Asia – are explored, and the challenges of data collection on migrant deaths in each region are discussed.
MIGRATION POLICY PRACTICE (Vol. VII, Number 1, January-February 2017)
This issue Migration Policy Practice focuses on ways of improving migration data. Migration experts write amongst other topics on the potential of the 2010 Population and Housing Census Round, the potential of Household Surveys and the payment of workers for foreign jobs.