Migration Data for Policy Summer School hosted by the University of Bristol and the IOM GMDAC in collaboration with the Worldwide Universities Network

9 July 2018, 9.00 AM - 12 July 2018, 5.00 PM

Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD

Migration Summer School

Videos of some of the proceedings can be found below:

The Summer School on Migration Data for Policy is a new initiative of the International Organization for Migration Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (IOM GMDAC) and the University of Bristol, building on the close collaboration already developed through the Worldwide Universities Network  IOM Strategic Alliance through the Migration, Development and Global Transformations interdisciplinary group.

This Summer School on Migration Data for Policy was the first migration focused training dedicated to improving the quality, analysis and use of migration data for policy. It brought together data experts, statisticians and officials, working closely with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and United Nations Procurement Division (UNPD), to provide dedicated training, education and knowledge exchange. The Summer School also pioneered the use of migration data training materials developed by IOM’s GMDAC and introduced participants to the wealth of resources available to support their work with IOM data, government and research data on migration.

Plenary panels introduced key global challenges such as:

  • What is migration and why collect migration data for policy?’
  • The Global Compact(s) and Migration Data at the Global Level
  • Migration and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
  • Data on a key policy challenge: health and migration
  • Building national and regional migration information systems
  • Reporting migration trends for policy needs

Small group workshops provided training on: data collection methods; using administrative sources, migration data from censuses and surveys; developing regional capacity; knowledge exchange; analysis and reporting for policy.

Breakout sessions included sessions such as:

  • Using census data for reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Understanding migration using survey data
  • Administrative data and their potential
  • Innovative data sources and approaches
  • Reporting and dissemination
  • Co-ordination, governance and partnerships
  • Non Government Organisation (NGO) and non-official data collection


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