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IOM launches German backed database to track movements of migrants and refugees

German government will financially support the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in establishing a Global Migration Data Portal.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier meets with heads of international agencies dealing with migration. Photo: AuswaertigesAmt/Photothek/ThomasTrutschel.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier meets with heads of international agencies dealing with migration. Photo: AuswaertigesAmt/Photothek/ThomasTrutschel.

The portal will be housed at IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) in Berlin and will be instrumental in promoting collaboration between IOM and other agencies to provide reliable and accessible data, as well as analysis on the movement of migrants and refugees.

Refugees-Lampedusa1-IOM“Especially in critical times, such as those we are facing today, it is our task to ensure that responses to migration are based on sound facts and accurate analysis,” IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said. “Too often data on migration are scattered between various institutions and countries. By bringing together data from a variety of sources, the portal will provide policy-makers with a unique global platform to access information about migratory trends.”

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The plan to establish Global Migration Data Portal in Berlin was announced at a meeting on Refugees and Migration attended by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The minister met with the heads of international organizations working in the area of migration.

The Roundtable was also attended by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration Peter Sutherland, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Elhadj As Sy, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, and World Bank Group Chief Administrative Officer Shaolin Yang.