International Forum on Migration Statistics (Egypt)
The International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS) is a global platform devoted to improving data on migration in all its dimensions. Organised by IOM, OECD and UN DESA, the IFMS offers space for dialogue for a broad range of actors, from national and regional authorities, NGOs, international agencies and the private sector.
The first meeting of the IFMS, took place in Paris, France, from 15 to 16 January 2018, and it included 240 speakers and over 350 participants from 90 countries, representing national statistical offices, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions.
The second IFMS aims to mobilise expertise from a wide range of disciplines – such as statistics, economics, demography, sociology, geospatial science, and information technology – to improve the collection and analysis of migration data worldwide.
The plenary sessions of the Forum will be organised around the following six themes:
- Strengthening data for policy: ensuring effective data communication and examining existing gaps in migration statistics to determine what is needed to address policy concerns;
- Data collection and innovation: Lessons and new approaches to the collection of migration data, including from 2020 censuses and administrative sources, and the potential of technologically-driven solutions, including big data;
- Cooperation and data governance: exploring ways to strengthen stakeholder coordination and the exchange and sharing of data;
- Capacity development and financing: identifying strategies to enhance data literacy as well as institutional capacities to collect, analyse and disseminate data;
- Measuring progress on the SDGs and other global commitments: data challenges, initiatives and indicators-based approaches to monitoring;
- Improving the availability of data on migrants in vulnerable situations: disaggregating statistics by migratory status, age and sex - analysing challenges, opportunities and best practices.
The Forum will take place on 20-21 January 2020.