Regional migration data hub launched for Southern Africa

December 5th, 2017, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office in Pretoria has launched the Regional Migration Data Hub for Southern Africa (RMDHub) on 24 November 2017. The establishment of the hub is part of organisation’s response to requests by SADC Member States to enhance capacities of Governments to generate accurate and reliable data to better inform policy development.

The hub also responds to recommendations by SADC Ministers of Home Affairs and Ministers of Labour that urged Member States to work in close collaboration with IOM and partners to ensure that migration data are shared and communicated more effectively.

Recently, as migration has risen to the top of the global and regional policy agendas, there is increased demand for reliable data to shape and inform the migration narrative. Migration data is key in the formulation of effective migration policies and it is for this reason that IOM has established this RMDHub to support the collection, analysis and interpretation of migration data at the national and regional levels. Without consistent and comparable data, it is difficult to analyse trends and forecast migration patterns to develop strategies to manage migration in a more humane, safe and orderly manner.

Migration is a multi-sectoral and inter-ministerial issue with migration data hosted by different Government ministries and institutions. The RMDHub will therefore serve as a central repository of migration data and information gathered through studies, research and operational activities in the SADC Region carried out by IOM, national institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector. It will also ensure coherence in migration data collection, analysis and interpretation. Furthermore, in collaboration with the Global Migration Analysis and Data Centre, the RMDHub will explore innovative approaches to collect reliable data on migration flows, patterns and trends.

Managed by IOM´s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, the Portal aims to serve as a unique access point to the world of global migration statistics and data. The Portal brings together an abundance of sources and datasets on international migration, including by region. Infographics, data visualizations, videos, blog posts and thematic pages will make the portal a useful tool for policy-makers, statisticians, journalists and anyone interested in migration.

Through a significant and progressive move, migration was included in the UN 2030 Development Agenda. In addition, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants of September 2016 stresses the need to enhance data collection, specifying that such data should be disaggregated by sex and age and include information on regular and irregular flows, human trafficking, and the needs of refugees and migrants among other aspects.

Contact International Organization for Migration Pretoria, Tel: 012 342-1497, iompretoria@iom.int

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