IOM data overview
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 data is collected for internal use only. In all cases, data collection and management adheres to IOM’s Migration Data Governance Policy. In cases where IOM processes beneficiaries' personal data, this is done in full respect of IOM’s Data Protection Principles. In principle, only anonymized data may be made publicly available. In no case would personal data be made publicly available if the beneficiary has not consented to it.
Migrant deaths and disappearances
Since 2014, more than 4,000 fatalities have been recorded annually on migratory routes worldwide. The number of deaths recorded, however, represent only a minimum estimate because the majority of migrant deaths around the world go unrecorded. Since 2000, more than 60,000 migrant deaths have been recorded globally. These data not only highlight the issue of migrant fatalities and the consequences for families left behind, but can also be used to assess the risks of irregular migration and to design policies and programmes to make migration safer.
10 of the coolest visualizations of migration data
The increasingly complex landscape of international migration data requires visual tools that explain migration issues and trends in an easy-to-understand way. Jasper Tjaden, Data and Survey Officer at IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, shares 10 "cool" visualizations or vizs on migration data that strike an impressive balance between art, communication and migration information.
How a lack of data is perpetuating the invisibility of migrant women's deaths
Although data collection on migrant deaths has improved over the last few years, there are many gaps in our knowledge about so called “missing migrants”. Basic information such as the sex of the migrant who is reported dead or missing is often lacking. Migrant women, the risks they face during their journeys, and the conditions of their deaths remain largely invisible in the available data. Kate Dearden and Marta Sánchez Dionis from IOM’s Missing Migrants Project reflect on the available data on migrant women’s deaths and what it tells us about where and how women die while migrating.