Big Data for Migration Alliance

Accelerating the responsible and ethical use of non-traditional data sources and methods to support migration policy on the global, national, and local levels

What We Do

What We Do

The BD4M seeks to accelerate the responsible and ethical use of new data sources and innovative methodologies to inform migration policies and programmes. It does so through:

Guidance Providing guidance and capacity-building support on ethical and responsible data innovation

Cross-sectoral collaboration Facilitating engagement with holders of non-traditional data, particularly in the private sector

Research and advocacy Conducting and disseminating research and analysis on priority policy issues on migration

Who we are

From the Blog

  • BD4M Studio Report

    Designing Data Collaboratives to Better Understand Human Mobility and Migration in West Africa

    READ THE REPORT  Today, the Big Data for Migration Alliance (BD4M) is releasing the report, “Designing Data Collaboratives to...

    By BD4M
  • IOM-UN Migration

    Using Big Data to Understand Migration (Part 1)

    Ingmar Weber, Research Director at Qatar Computing Research Institute, shares his views on the use of big data to understand migration. This...

    By BD4M Team
  • IOM-UN Migration

    Using Big Data to Understand Migration (Part 2)

    Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of The Governance Lab, shares his views on the use of big data to...

    By BD4M Team
  • IOM-UN Migration

    Using Big Data to Understand Migration (Part 3)

    Alessandro Sorichetta, principal Research Fellow at the WorldPop Programme, shares his views on the use of big data to understand migration....

    By BD4M Team
  • IOM - UN Migration

    Using “Big Data” to forecast migration

    A tale of high expectations, promising results and a long road ahead

    Reposted from the IOM - UN Migration Medium Publication Act 1 — High Expectations “Data is the new oil,” they say....

    By Jasper Tjaden, Andres Arau, ...
  • Data innovation for migration: why now and how?

    Now more than ever we need to invest in responsible data innovation for the analysis of mobility and migration

    By Marzia Rango, Data Innovation and Capacity-Building Coordinator at the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), IOM – UN...

    By Marzia Rango, Michele Vespe ...
  • STATAFRIC and IOM GMDAC...

    Migration data in times of COVID-19: Trends and policy implications in Africa

    The African Union Institute for Statistics (STATAFRIC) and IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) organized a webinar on...

    By BD4M Team
  • BD4M Webinar Series

    Estimating Migrant Stocks and Flows Using Social Media Data

    The first Big Data for Migration (BD4M) webinar titled "Estimating migrant stocks and flows using social media data" took place on 3...

    By BD4M Team
  • Immigration & emigration...

    The Data Innovation Directory: Unlocking the potential of big data for migration policy

    Reposted from Migration Data Portal Whether we love it or loathe it, technology affects almost every aspect of our lives and it is likely to...

    By Niklas Sievers, Emma Borgnäs,...
  • Immigration & emigration...

    Are migrants left behind? How COVID-19 hinders better migration data

    Reposted from Migration Data Portal Migrants worldwide play an important role in sectors vital to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic but are...

    By Julia Black, Niklas Sievers ...
  • Initiatives

  • BD4M Studio Report

    Designing Data Collaboratives to Better Understand Human Mobility and Migration in West Africa

    The first BD4M Studio convened over 40 stakeholders in government, international organizations, research, civil society, and the public...

    By BD4M Team
    Big Data for Migration
  • The 100 Questions

    The 100 Questions Migration Data Agenda

    To make sense of the disparate issues related to a domain such as migration, The GovLab’s 100 Questions methodology (detailed in full in...

    By BD4M Team
    Big Data for Migration
  • BD4M

    The Big Data for Migration Alliance Joint Concept Note

    In November 2017, the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) and IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis...

    By BD4M Team
    Big Data for Migration
  • PLOS ONE Peer - Reviewed...

    Monitoring of the Venezuelan exodus through Facebook’s advertising platform

    Abstract: "Venezuela is going through the worst economical, political and social crisis in its modern history. Basic products like food or...

    By Joao Palotti, Natalia Adler, ...
    Big Data for Migration
  • BD4M

    Big Data and alternative sources on migration: From case-studies to policy support

    Over the past few years, migration has risen as one of the most challenging issues confronting policymakers around the world. This has been...

    By Marzia Rango, Michele Vespe ...
    Big Data for Migration
  • Migration Policy Practice

    Can Big Data help us achieve a "migration data revolution"?

    "Big Data" is generated every time we send a text message, make a mobile phone call, run an Internet search, transfer money online or...

    By Marzia Rango, Frank Laczko ...
    Big Data for Migration
  • Big Data and Migration

    Data Bulletin: Informing a Global Compact for Migration

    What is the potential of new data sources, such as mobile phones, social media and satellite imagery, to improve understanding of...

    By BD4M Team
    Big Data for Migration
  • IOM Migration Data Strategy

    Informing Policy and Action on Migration, Mobility and Displacement 2020 | 2025

    IOM has developed a comprehensive strategy – the Migration Data Strategy – to frame, focus and further amplify its existing robust...

    By BD4M Team
    Big Data for Migration
  • PLOS ONE Peer-Reviewed...

    Quantifying international human mobility patterns using Facebook Network data

    Quantifying global international mobility patterns can improve migration governance. Despite decades of calls by the international community...

    By Spyridon Spyratos, Marzia...
    Big Data for Migration
  • EPJ Data Science Journal...

    Dissecting global air traffic data to discern different types and trends of transnational human mobility

    Human mobility across national borders is a key phenomenon of our time. At the global scale, however, we still know relatively little about...

    By Lorenzo Gabrielli, Emanuel...
    Big Data for Migration
  • JRC Science for Policy Report

    Towards an EU Policy on Migration Data

    Improvements to the EU migration data landscape

    Adequate data is key for evidence-informed policymaking. This report describes the initiative coordinated by the KCMD that has brought...

    By Michele Vespe, Carlos...
    Big Data for Migration
  • Safety Science Journal Article

    Estimating and projecting air passenger traffic during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak and its socio-economic impact

    Due to the coronavirus global crisis, most countries have put in place restrictive measures in order to confine the pandemia and contain the...

    By Michele Vespe, Spyridon...
    Big Data for Migration
  • Safety Science Journal Article

    Measuring the impact of COVID-19 confinement measures on human mobility using mobile positioning data. A European regional analysis

    This work presents a mobility indicator derived from fully anonymised and aggregated mobile positioning data. Even though the indicator does...

    By Michele Vespe, Spyridon...
    Big Data for Migration
  • Nonlinear Dynamics Journal...

    Human mobility and COVID-19 initial dynamics

    Countries in Europe took different mobility containment measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. The European Commission asked mobile...

    By Michele Vespe, Spyridon...
    Big Data for Migration
  • JRC Technical Report

    Mapping Mobility Functional Areas (MFA) by using Mobile Positioning Data to Inform COVID-19 Policies

    A European Regional Analysis

    This work introduces the concept of data-driven Mobility Functional Areas (MFAs) as geographic zones with high degree of intra-mobility...

    By Michele Vespe, Spyridon...
    Big Data for Migration
  • Migration Data Portal

    Data Innovation Directory

    By BD4M Team
    Big Data for Migration
  • Migration Data Portal:...

    Big data, migration and human mobility

    By BD4M Team
    Big Data for Migration
  • The 100 Questions

    Migration

    Mapping the most pressing, high-impact migrationquestions that could be answered if relevant datasets were leveraged in a responsible...

    By BD4M Team
    Big Data for Migration
  • Knowledge Centre on Migration...

    Dynamic Data Hub

    The Dynamic Data Hub gives direct access to single datasets to visualise migration and demography data and trends.

    By BD4M Team
    Big Data for Migration
  • Migration Data Portal

    The Portal aims to serve as a unique access point to timely, comprehensive migration statistics and reliable information about migration data globally.

    The Portal aims to serve as a unique access point to timely, comprehensive migration statistics and reliable information about migration...

    By BD4M Team
    Big Data for Migration
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