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24 January 2018

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Investing in Better Migration Data Could be Worth Over USD 35 Billion


World Economic Forum, Davos (IOM)  – Could better use of data help turn human mobility into an asset worth tens of billions of dollars?

That’s the finding of a study by the UN Migration Agency’s (IOM) Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), working with the McKinsey Centre for Government (MCG), being released today at Davos’ World Economic Forum. 

In the new report, entitled “More than Numbers: How migration data can deliver real-life benefits”, IOM and MCG illustrate how investing in better data can help manage migration more effectively and illustrates clear examples of this.

The International Organization for Migration´s Director General William Lacy Swing explained in launching the report: “Too often, data are seen as the abstract business of experts operating in backrooms. Yet data are essential to produce real-life results such as protecting migrants in vulnerable situations, fill labour market shortages and improve integration, manage asylum procedures, ensure the humane return of migrants ordered to leave or increase remittance flows.”

Added Solveigh Hieronimus, Partner at McKinsey & Company:  “In this report, we have taken a fresh perspective on migration data and statistics, one that could benefit the entire development world. By taking a value based approach to migration data we can ensure that investment is squarely focussed on impact. Ultimately, if governments want to see better outcomes they need to prioritise more relevant data, not just more data.”


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Migration in the News

  • Washington Post spoke to some of the thousands of Nigerians who returned from Libya in 2017 after being rescued from slavery, highlighting that some found themselves back into the epicenter of Nigeria’s sex-trafficking industry.
  • Vox reported about Rohingya refugees who survived the violence in Myanmar and got separated from their family. Now, after losing other family members, they reunited with those who also survived.
  • Human Rights Watch reported that despite several years of highly publicized efforts to address problems in the Thai fishing industry, necessary steps have not been taken to end forced labour and other serious abuses on fishing boats.
  • China.org published an op-ed which noted that migration remains a huge challenge facing mankind today and the UN is hoping that 2018 will bring the biggest common agreement on how best to address it.
  • IBNA reported that IOM has stated during a meeting with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees that it is necessary to involve a bigger number of the country’s institutions to provide an adequate response to the migrant crisis and the increasing number of migrants who are arriving in the country.

Trending on the Internet

  • Al Jazeera reported that Bangkok is home to a growing community of approximately 4,500 refugees and 2,000 asylum-seekers from more than 50 countries. Regarded as ‘illegal aliens’ under Thai law, they face a period of indefinite detention.
  • ITV reported that hundreds of migrants from Africa are taking dangerous mountain routes in freezing temperatures through the Italian Alps to cross into France.


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