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

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Big Data" is generated every time we send a text message, make a mobile phone call, run an Internet search, transfer money online or interact on social media. This article looks at the potential of using such data to improve data on migration at a time when there are growing calls to improve the migration evidence base. To what extent can such new data sources provide policymakers with more timely and comparable data on migration? published Big Data and Migration 2021-07-21 18:18:31 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 international migration and human mobility? How could data from these sources complement data from traditional sources, such as national population censuses, surveys and administrative sources, and inform migration-related policies? These questions were discussed at an expert workshop co-organized by the European Commission Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) in Ispra, Italy, on 30 November 2018. This Data Bulletin issue, co-authored with KCMD, provides a summary of the workshop outcomes. published IOM Migration Data Strategy 2021-07-21 18:18:31 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 engagement on the issue of data. A key IOM goal is to improve the evidence base for good migration governance in support of sustainable development, effective humanitarian action and peaceful societies, as well as the implementation, monitoring and reporting of relevant stakeholders on their actions in support of relevant international frameworks. The Migration Data Strategy maps out a path for IOM to reach this goal. It seeks to mobilize the international community in helping unlock the potential of migration data for sound policy and decision-making. Migration Data Strategy is part of the broader organizational strategic planning; it is designed within the framework of the IOM Strategic Vision and a crucial element to support its realization. It is also aligned with the data strategy of the Secretary-General, which aims to foster the individual and collective strengths of United Nations system entities.



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