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Capacity Building Resources

Handbook for Improving the Production and Use of Migration Data for Development

GMG Handbook

The Global Migration Group (GMG) produced this publication to provide guidance to producers and users of international migration data. It includes detailed accounts of changes in the field of migration data, thorough explanations of key definitions and concepts, and strategies to bolster migration statistics (e.g., administrative data and 'big data'). Readers will find the notes on 'good practice' to be of particular practical value.

This project was conducted within the framework of the World Bank's KNOMAD initiative. Its publication follows the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the development of an accompanying indicator framework.

The handbook is intended to support Member States in the collection, tabulation, analysis, dissemination and use of migration data, and is thus expected to contribute directly to monitoring the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By assisting countries in collecting accurate, up-to-date and relevant data on the stocks, flows and contributions of migrants and migration to development, it is hoped that the guide will facilitate the integration of migration into national development planning and strategies.

This publication includes contributions from 16 members of GMG. As a tool for capacity development at the country level, the guide shall form part of a comprehensive strategy to strengthen the production and use of migration data for development, particularly in developing countries.




Global Migration Group


Global Migration Group

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