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14 November 2018

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Young Senegalese interview each other about their experiences for IOM's Migrants as Messengers project. Using peer-to-peer messaging enables youth to be better informed about the risks of irregular migration. Photo: IOM/Julia Burpee

Improving Data for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

(IOM, UN DESA, OECD) – It is widely acknowledged that there is a paucity of basic data on international migration and that existing data are not fully utilized or shared. On many occasions, the United Nations General Assembly has called for reliable, disaggregated data and indicators that are nationally relevant and internationally comparable, including data on the contributions of migrants to sustainable development, to support evidence-based policy-making. The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants stresses the need for international cooperation to improve migration data through capacity-building, financial support and technical assistance.

A global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration provides a unique opportunity for the international community to agree on a set of priorities to improve data related to migration.

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Returnees enter La Chacra, El Salvador's only reception center for returned migrants, after arriving via bus from Mexico. Photo: Teresa Welsh

Coming Home: El Salvador’s Repatriation Centre has Become a Regional Model for Return Migration

El Salvador (Devex) – Bright orange plastic chairs sit empty in neat rows in the fluorescently lit waiting room.

In a few hours they’ll be full of returning Salvadorans, arriving via federal flight from the United States or bus from Mexico. Some will arrive in chef’s uniforms, having been taken into custody while on the job. Others will arrive in filthy clothes without shoes, showing physical scars obtained on a weeks-long journey north hiking through deserts and fording rivers.

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  • Tennessean shared the story of Managal Tamang, a former refugee from Nepal who is now a successful business owner in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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