Interregional workshop on Collecting and using migration-related data for development: cooperation and exchange in the European-African corridor

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), in collaboration with IFAD's PTA and GKS Divisions, as well as relevant members of the Global Migration Group (GMG), are co-hosting a interregional workshop for selected African and European countries and interested IFAD colleagues, on the collection and use of international migration data for development.

The workshop will bring together experts from national statistical offices in charge of producing official statistics on international migration, as well as specialists from relevant ministries and/or agencies in charge of compiling and analysing migration data for policy purposes.

The main objective of the workshop is to enhance the capacity of government officials and UN experts to produce migration-relevant data from all relevant sources and to use migration-relevant data to inform migration policies and development planning. Highlighting relevant UN standards and guidelines, the workshop will discuss the relevance of migration-related data for policy purposes, including in the context of the follow-up and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The workshop will promote good practices in disaggregating data by sex, age and migratory status, discuss ways and means to increase and improve the international exchange of migration data, and identify opportunities for bilateral cooperation and technical assistance.

The workshop is expected to increase knowledge of participants on international standards and norms for collecting migration-related data, the sharing of migration data between government offices within and between countries, and the understanding on the uses and limitations of migration-related data for policy purposes.