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International Forum On Migration Statistics - Call for Papers on Innovation and Migration Data

The second IFMS aims to mobilise expertise from a wide range of disciplines – such as statistics, economics, demography, sociology, geospatial science, and information technology – to improve the collection and analysis of migration data worldwide. The Forum will take place in Cairo, Egypt on 20-21 January 2020.

It will explore innovative ways to measure population mobility and to generate timely statistics, by bringing together a broad range of participants to share and to discuss new data initiatives and examples of success in the field of migration data. The Forum will also provide a unique opportunity for policy-makers to have direct contact with migration data experts and to use their expertise to feed policy evaluations and to identify best policy options.

The focus on data capacity building comes from the recognition that implementing the commitments of international processes comes with significant challenges for National Statistical Offices, which often have limited capacities to collect, analyse and manage data relevant to migration.

The plenary sessions of the Forum will be organised around the following six themes:

  1. Strengthening data for policy: ensuring effective data communication and examining existing gaps in migration statistics to determine what is needed to address policy concerns;

  2. Data collection and innovation: Lessons and new approaches to the collection of migration data, including from 2020 censuses and administrative sources, and the potential of technologically-driven solutions, including big data;

  3. Cooperation and data governance: exploring ways to strengthen stakeholder coordination and the exchange and sharing of data;

  4. Capacity development and financing: identifying strategies to enhance data literacy as well as institutional capacities to collect, analyse and disseminate data;

  5. Measuring progress on the SDGs and other global commitments: data challenges, initiatives and indicators-based approaches to monitoring;

  6. Improving the availability of data on migrants in vulnerable situations: disaggregating statistics by migratory status, age and sex - analysing challenges, opportunities and best practices.

Call for papers and parallel sessions

The IFMS 2020 will include between 15 and 20 parallel sessions, each lasting 90 minutes, in addition to plenary sessions with high-level experts. You are encouraged to submit proposals to:

  • Organize a parallel session as an individual expert, institution, or in partnership with others;

  • Submit a paper or a report to be to be incorporated into a workshop/panel.

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