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New guidance issued to producers and users of international migration data

17 December 2017

The Global Migration Group's ‘Handbook for Improving the Production and Use of Migration Data for Development’ is aimed at policy makers and other interested parties who seek to understand the complexities of international migration.

The Handbook edited by Ann Singleton (Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice) launches today, on UN International Migrants Day, and has been produced by the Global Migration Group (GMG) in recognition that accurate and accessible data are crucial for informed policy.

In accordance with the Global Compact on Migration and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it is hoped that by assisting countries to collect accurate, up-to-date, and relevant data on the stocks, flows, and contributions of migrants and migration to development, the guide will facilitate the integration of migration into national development planning and strategies.

The launch of the handbook will be marked by a panel discussion at the UN Headquarters in New York with key speakers from organisations working in the field.

The new GMG handbook also coincides with the launch of the Global Migration Data portal on Friday 15 December by the International Organisation for Migration's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (IOM GMDAC). The Portal is intended as a point of first entry for all relevant stakeholders in search of reliable information and intelligible global data about migration. The Portal communicates data on migration with the use of visualizations, infographics and videos; allowing policy-makers, journalists, statisticians and anyone interested in migration, the ability to navigate through the complex nature of the international data.

In the long-term, it is hoped that both the Handbook and the Global Migration Data Portal will contribute to a more informed public debate by making the evidence about migration issues accessible and easy to understand.

Ann Singleton said, "The importance of reliable, timely data on migration is well-understood. Increasingly important too, is that the data are analysed and interpreted in meaningful and reliable ways and then communicated clearly to a wide range of audiences. The new GMG Handbook and Global Data Portal will do all of this and will make a vital contribution by informing public debate, policy decisions and academic research."

Further information

Ann Singleton is a Senior Research Fellow in the School for Policy Studies. She will be talking further about the ‘Handbook for Improving the Production and Use of Migration Data for Development’ at the International Forum for Migration Statistics (IFMS) in Paris (15-16 January 2018).

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