Global Migration Data Portal


Frustrated searching for migration data? This new portal makes it easier.

By Carla Rojas Paz, Migration Data Editor, IOM´s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre

You’ve scanned large reports, scoured online annexes, and navigated website after website for information scattered across different organizations and agencies. Yet you still haven’t found the migration information and data you’re looking for to support a story or analysis. There’s now a website to make your search easier.

Created for journalists and others interested in migration, the Global Migration Data Portal makes migration data, data sources and topics more accessible and understandable. Launched in December 2017 and administered by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, the Portal brings together key facts and figures about global migration trends and topics in one place and communicates global data on migration through visualizations, infographics and videos.

Covering migration has been recognized as one of the biggest challenges facing the news media, in part because contradictory data, statistics, and terminology can lead to myths and misconceptions about migration. The Portal aims to be a reliable tool for journalists to meet this challenge.

Visualize migration trends easily

One of the best ways to communicate hard-to-understand migration trends is through visualizations. The Portal’s interactive world map allows users to filter from over 66 migration data indicators to display trends at the global, regional, sub-region and national levels. Data are sourced from the public domain from 19 different international data providers, such as OECD, World Bank and various UN agencies, and the related datasets underlying the map are also downloadable. Key migration statistics, such as demographic and employment statistics, complement the map by adding important context. In the coming months, more data will be available at the regional and national levels.

Explore migration data sources by themes

Migration cross-cuts numerous topics and the Portal enables users to have an overview through its thematic pages which touch on migration policies, vulnerable populations, and types of migration, among others. With more than 24 topics to explore, the thematic pages provide users with compelling and informative infographics, current migration definitions, recent trends, information on measuring aspects of migration, and summaries of key data sources, including data strengths and limitations.  A new thematic page is released each month.

Stay up-to-date on analysis and emerging issues

Published bi-monthly, the Portal’s blog and Talking Migration Data video series provides users with information on emerging migration issues, data or research methods. Written blogs are authored by leading experts in the field of migration and short videos feature prominent migration and data experts explaining migration trends, data needs and challenges in simple terms.

Spin the SDG wheel 

For journalists covering the progress towards the UN’s global development goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Portal outlines the migration-relevant SDG indicators and data sources. Additionally, journalists can track a Global Compact for Migration and the migration data needs to support its implementation once adopted later in 2018.

An additional Portal feature includes a searchable database of guidelines, handbooks, reports and other useful documents on migration data that provide context for migration data’s production and use.

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About the author

Carla Rojas Paz primarily focuses on GMDAC’s Global Migration Data Portal and the Migration Governance Indicators.

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