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IOM launches new Migration Data Portal

Ann Singleton

Ann Singleton leads WUN's MDGT Group and is Senior Advisor to IOM-GMDAC

med migrants press release

18 December 2017

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched its Migration Data Portal on Friday 15 December. The Portal aims to serve as a unique access point to timely, comprehensive migration statistics and reliable information about migration data globally.

The site is designed to help policy makers, national statistics officers, journalists and the general public interested in the field of migration to navigate the increasingly complex landscape of international migration data, currently scattered across different organisations and agencies. This short video explains what the portal aims to achieve. 

The launch has gained international recognition, including an article in the Washington Post. You can follow the Migration Data Portal's progress on facebook or twitter.

UoB's Ann Singleton (Policy Studies) noted "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 Global Data Portal will do all of this and will make a vital contribution by informing public debate, policy decisions and academic research."

Ann leads the WUN research group Migration, Development and Global Transformations, and has been instrumental in work to develop the Portal, through her link to IOM-GMDAC in Berlin, where she is Senior Advisor.

Ann also co-edited the Global Migration Group Handbook for Improving the Production and Use of Migration Data for Development, which will be launched, to coincide with the UN's International Migrants Day, at an event in New York organised by the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD).  

These materials will be used to support work in the UoB-hosted WUN-IOM Summer School on Migration Data for Policy, to be held in July 2018. In January 2018, Ann Singleton will address the OECD's International Forum on Migration Statistics in Paris. 




Further information

Migration Data Portal