Through a large footprint of offices worldwide, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) collects and reports on original data from a number of sources in its own programmes and operations. Some of this information is publicly available while other is for internal use only. In either case, data are collected and maintained by IOM’s staff in full respect of IOM’s data protection principles.
Through projects such as the Migration Governance Indicators, IOM collects qualitative data on migration governance in a number of countries.
- Data by indicator
Under this project, IOM’s Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) collects data on migrants who have passed away or gone missing on migratory routes worldwide.
Victims of Human Trafficking and abused migrants
Through its Migrant Assistance Division and IOM field offices, IOM collects data on the victims of human trafficking it assists, and compiles them in a global database.
- Database: The Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) - the first global data hub on human trafficking, with data contributed by counter-trafficking organizations around the world.
IOM supports a range of beneficiaries range from humanitarian (refugees, asylum seekers, beneficiaries of international protection) to immigrants (both temporary and permanent) including family reunification cases, unaccompanied minors, students, migrant workers, and skilled workers.
- Yearly and bi-annual reports
IOM’s Department of Operations and Emergencies collects data on the resettlement of refugees and other persons of concern travelling under IOM auspices to States offering temporary protection or permanent resettlement.
- Database, not publicly accessible
- Summary statistics available at https://gmdac.iom.int/summary-of-IOM-statistics-2011-2015
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) collects data on internal displacement in countries affected by conflict or natural disasters. Data on IDPs are presented in the DTM Data Portal.
IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix also provides estimates of irregular migrant flows in certain locations through the flow monitoring system.
- Database, exportable
Data on IOM’s programmes on assisted voluntary return and reintegration of migrants is collected by IOM’s Migrant Assistance Division (MAD) through IOM field missions. This includes migrants in vulnerable situations and unaccompanied migrant children.
- Database, not exportable
Migration and environment
IOM’s Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) division, regional focal points and different IOM offices conduct research and collect data on the interlinkages between environmental change and human mobility.
Through its Migration Health Division, IOM collects data on the physical and mental health assessments for migrants it provides prior to their departure, whether for the purposes of resettlement or international employment, or for obtaining a visa.
- Migration health research portal
- Annual report
- Medical data warehouse, not publicly accessible, exportable
- Web reports and stats, not publicly accessible, exportable
- Summary statistics available here.
In addition to the above, IOM or researchers on behalf of IOM collect both qualitative and quantitative data on a range of topics related to migration, with findings published in different reports.