Migration and Data Protection

Last updated on 15 December 2020

Data protection in the migration context has become increasingly relevant given the growing need for more reliable statistics, comprehensive and timely data, and the emergence of new technologies. The incidences of data theft, data loss, and unauthorized or inappropriate use and disclosure of personal data have raised concerns on how to effectively implement data protection and privacy safeguards and policies. Although sharing data is beneficial in cross-country comparisons and evidence-based policymaking and despite an increasing demand for more frequent and timely migration data, the right to privacy is a human right and data protection is a priority.