Advancing Knowledge on International Migration: Data and Research Needs
As international migration connects each country of the world with all the others, addressing knowledge gaps will require international consensus on definitions and methods of data collection. This Policy and Research Paper provides an overview assessment of the various criteria used by public administrations to define and produce data on international migration and identifies key issues that should be addressed to improve migration data for policy making and scientific research. The report also outlines priority areas for research on international migration.
This paper was written in the framework of IUSSP’s Ad Hoc Panel on “Strengthening migration data and research, in the context of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration” (GCM), which the author chaired, and a special session of the International Population Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa on 30 October, 2017. This paper contributes to the agenda for improving the evidence base on international migration. It targets all those who want to reach an informed opinion about one of the most debated issues of the present day. It is part of IUSSP’s engagement in the measurement and analysis of