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Resources on Migration

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Organization Resource DescriptionLink
International Organization for MigrationMigration Data PortalData/ResourcesA wealth of searchable data, maps, etc.Migration Data Portal
International Organization for MigrationWorld Migration Report 2022Data/ResourcesInternational and country data. IOM publishes many other reports and periodicals. These include The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), a system to track and monitor the displacement and population mobility. Ninth in a series.World Migration Report 2022
UNHCR DatabaseData, reports, resources.The escalation of the international armed conflict in Ukraine has caused civilian casualties and destruction of civilian infrastructure, forcing people to flee their homes seeking safety and assistance. Millions of refugees from Ukraine have crossed borders into neighboring countries and many more have been forced to move inside the country.Database
OECDInternational Migration Outlook 2021Report (2021)Analyses recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and selected non-member countries. Also sponsors international meetings on data.International Migration Outlook 2021
OECDHow Immigrants Contribute to Developing Countries' EconomiesReport (2018)The report covers the ten partner countries: Argentina, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, and Thailand.How Immigrants Contribute to Developing Countries' Economies 2021

OECDConnecting with Emigrants: A Global Profile of Diasporas, 2015Report (2015)This publication describes the size and characteristics of emigrant populations by origin countries with a special focus on educational attainment and labour force status.Connecting with Emigrants: A Global Profile of Diasporas, 2015

International Organization for MigrationMissing Migrants ProjectData/ResourcesTracks incidents involving migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers. Other good resources include the periodical, Migration Policy Practice.Missing Migrants Project

International Organization for MigrationMeasuring Global Migration Potential, 2010–2015Report (2017)A forward-looking report.Measuring Global Migration Potential, 2010–2015
International Organization for MigrationGlobal Migration Data Analysis CentreData/ResourcesCentral site for IOM data and reports, such as 2017 Fatal Journeys Volume 3: Improving data on missing migrants.Global Migration Data Analysis Centre

International Organization for MigrationMigration data portalData/ResourcesPortal with migration statistics and reliable information about migration data globally.
International Organization for MigrationUnderstanding displacementData/Reports/ResourcesIOM data, datasets and reports for displacement globally.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)Operational Portal, Refugee SituationsResourcesStatistics on refugee flows, descriptions, and more. See Refworld. Daily newsletter, The Refugee Brief.
International Labour OrganisationWebsiteResources/DataResource page on labor migration.
Word Bank GroupMigration and Remittances: Recent Developments and Outlook Report/DataRegularly updated figures on worldwide remittance flows and migration.
The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD)KNOWMAD websiteDataMany reports, plus data on remittances and country-by-country breakdowns on the numbers of immigrants and refugees.
The Economist Intelligence Unit and the IOMMeasuring well-governed migration: The 2016 Migration Governance IndexReport (2016)2016 report with good summaries of country efforts and agencies working on migration and trafficking.
ΙΟΜ UN PUblicationsMigration Governance Indicators Data and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: A Baseline ReportReport (2022)Report grounded on the mapping of MGI indicators against Global Compact objectives. Data analysis is based on MGI data collected between 2016 and 2021 for 84 countries that voluntarily conducted an MGI assessment and for which data are readily available as of March 2022.
UN Population DivisionInternational Migration Report 2019Report/Data
UN Population DivisionInternational Migrant Stock: The 2020 RevisionReport/DataThe dataset presents estimates of international migrants by age, sex, and origin. Estimates are presented for 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2017 and are available for all countries and areas of the world.
UN Population DivisionUN International Migration Flows to and from Selected Countries: The 2015 RevisionReport (2015)The data presents both inflows and outflows according to the place of birth, citizenship or place of previous / next residence both for foreigners and nationals. The current version presents data available from 45 countries.
UN Population DivisionInternational Migration PoliciesBookletThis data booklet highlights current policies on immigration and emigration, drawing on the World Population Policies Database: The 2015 Revision.
UN Office on Drugs and Crime UNODCWebsiteWebsite/DataDatabases on laws, cases and a bibliography.
UN Office on Drugs and CrimeGlobal Study on Smuggling of Migrants (2018)Report
UN Alliance of CivilizationsWebsiteResourcesA media-friendly glossary on immigration
UN Global Migration GroupWebsiteResourcesAn inter-agency UN group.
Migration Policy InstituteWebsiteResources/DataWashington-based group has country-by-country information, regional pages, data, plus many reports on international topics.
Migration Policy InstituteWebsiteReports/DataHumanitarian protection statistics, a series of reports.
Migration Policy InstituteWebsiteReports/DataRemittances data and more.
ACP-EU Migration Action WebsiteResources Technical assistance on visas, remittances, readmission, trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants to the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and Regional Organizations.
Australian Strategic Policy InstitutePeople Smugglers Globally 2017Report (2017)Regional chapters on the growing irregular movement of people.
UN High Commissioner for RefugeesPopulations of concern (refugees, IDPs, asylum seekers) statisticsReport/Data
Global Migration Group (and others)Handbook for Improving the Production and Use of Migration Data for DevelopmentResources
Internal Displacement Monitoring GroupGlobal Report on Internal Displacement (2017)Report (2017)The 2017 version of a report dating back to 2004 on internal displacement worldwide caused by conflict, violence and disasters. Also regional reports, newsletter, more.
Internal Displacement Monitoring GroupGlobal Report on Internal Displacement (2018)Report (2018)Focus is on climate change migration.
Internal Displacement Monitoring GroupGlobal Report on Internal Displacement (2021)Report (2021)This year's GRID discusses the relationship between climate change, disasters and displacement, and presents good practices from across the globe in advancing policy, displacement risk reduction and effective response.
Global Migration CentreWebsiteResourcesProgram of the Graduate Institute Geneva.
The Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS)WebsiteResearch/ReportsA research centre within the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford.
DTM Global NetworkThe Displacement Tracking MatrixReports/DataPublished on a bi-weekly basis, the Displacement Event Tracker reports on incidents related to IDPs, returnees and migrants, especially regarding large population movement updates.
IPUMS-International WebsiteData/ResourcesCensus and survey data from around the world
Pew Research CenterWebsite page on migrationResearch/Data/ReportsIncludes interacive map "Origins and Destinations of the World’s Migrants, 1990-2017"
Center for Global DevelopmentWebsiteReports/Blog2018 report said foreign aid doesn't deter emigration, for example.
Institute for Human Rights and BusinessWebsiteReportsPage on migration includes background, reports and news.
ReliefWebWebsiteReportsMain focus is on refugees.
Mixed Migration CentreWebsiteResources/ReportsIncludes "Mixed Migration Review 2018"
The Gulf Research Center Gulf Labour Markets, Migration and Population websiteResourcesData, analyses and recommendations on Gulf labor migration, population and labor markets.
Mixed Media Migration HubWebsite of the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force (NAMMTF)Research/Reports/DataFocuses on North Africa. Frequent updates on numbers and trends. Database. More.
REACHYouth on the Move.Report (2017)About "investigating decision-making, migration trajectories and expectations of young people on the way to Italy."
Mixed Migration PlatformMonthly reports, focus in Middle EastResources/DataMonthly developments related to mixed migration by country, including reported arrivals, departures, internal displacement relevant to cross-border movement and discussion of relevant policy changes. The platform no longer exists but its archives can be found in the new link.
MigrantRights.orgWebsite with Middle East focus by advocacy NGO.Resources in English and Arabic.Strong news section. Good list of organizations. Data on domestic workers in the Gulf.
Mediterranean MissingMissing Migrants in the Mediterranean: Addressing the Humanitarian CrisisReport (2016)The site contains this report and other resources, including country-specific material.
Springer International PublishingJournal of International Migration and IntegrationQuarterly periodical (subscription)A multidisciplinary peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes original research papers and policy discussions
EuroStatsMany databasesData
EuroStatsAsylum statisticsData
European CommissionPerception of Quality of Life in European CitiesReport/DataSee chapter on attitudes toward the presence and integration of foreigners in 2020 survey and previous surveys.
European Migration NetworkCountry Factsheets and more.ResourcesEU Commission body that provides "up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum topics." Also newsletter.
Knowledge Centre on Migration and DemographyPart of EC Science Hub ResourcesEU site with wide range of links.
International Centre for Migration Policy DevelopmentMany Europe-focused reports Resources/NewsletterICMPD is an organization with 15 EU Member States.
International Organization for MigrationTrafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants in ACP Countries: Key Challenges and Ways Forward2018 Report
FrontexMigratory Routes MapResourcesThe site of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency
European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice​ (eu-LISA)websiteReportsThe site of the European agency that currently manages Eurodac, the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) and the Visa Information System (VIS). Further to these, eu-LISA is developing the Entry/Exit System (EES), the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS) and the European Criminal Records Information System - Third-Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN). Includes annual reports of Eurodac, the European database of fingerprints of asulym seekers and migrants entering EU.
EU Agency for AsylumOfficial website of the European AgencyReports/ DataEU site with asylum trends, data, reports, case law database
European Parliamentary Research Service Recent migration Flows to the EU Report (2020)Data summary from a variety of sources.
Migration ObservatoryWebsiteResources/DataUniversity of Oxford site with UK-oriented studies and more.
Human Costs of Border ControlThe Deaths at the Borders Database DataAn "evidence-base" derived from official sources generated by the death management systems of Spain, Gibraltar, Italy, Malta and Greece. Done by researchers at the University of Amsterdam.
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)Defining and Measuring Circular MigrationReport (2016)A report on Circular migration — a repetition of migration by the same person between two or more countries.
World Health Organization (Europe)Website page on migration and healthResourcesBackground information, reports, more.
Migration Policy InstituteAsylum Recognition Rates in the EU/EFTA by Country, 2008-2016DataAn interactive map to view asylum recognition rates.
European Data Journalism NetworkEU data, including on immigrationDataFor example, data from Eurobarometer on attitudes about immigrants.
Italian Ministry of InteriorItalian statistic dashboard on arrivalsData/ResourcesOfficial documentazione/statistica/cruscotto-statistico-giornaliero
Greek Ministry of Migration and AsylumOfficial statistics for migration, asylum, policies, arrivals to Aegean islands and unaccompanied minorsDataOfficial statistics from the Greek goverment concerning migration, reception, asylum decisions and applications, arrivals and unaccompanied minors.
Migration Policy InstituteTracing the Channels Refugees Use to Seek Protection in EuropeReport2017 report says, it is "nearly impossible" at present to obtain a clear picture of how protection seekers enter Europe and what legal channels are available to them." One of many reports.
A project of the "Council for Migration eV" ( RfM ), a nationwide association of migration researchers.Media Service Integration websiteResourcesGerman-oriented information. Also invites media requests to find experts.
European Council on Refugees and EthicsThe Asylum Information Database (AIDA)Resources/DataContains information on asylum procedures, reception conditions and detention across 20 countries. Also see the European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL).
The EU Agency of Fundamental Human RightsWebsite page: "Asylum Migration & Borders"Reports/DataData about the fundamental rights situation of people arriving in those Member States that have been particularly affected by large migration movements.
StatewatchThe refugee crisis in the Med and inside the EU: a humanitarian emergencyReports and news aggregationGood current collection of news with a human rights focus, including on refugees.
Migration Policy CentreWebsiteReportsMPC conducts advanced policy-oriented research on global migration, asylum and mobility. Based at Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Italy.
Open MigrationWebsiteNews aggregation/Resources/DataRun by CILD, the Italian Freedom and Civil Rights Coalition,
Mediendienst IntegrationWebsite (Mostly German)ResourcesAn information portal designed for the media. One section provides "facts and figures" in English.
WatchtheMedWebsiteNews aggregation/Resources“Watch the Mediterranean Sea is an online mapping platform to monitor the deaths and violations of migrants' rights at the maritime borders of the EU.”
UN Agency for Food and Agriculture (FAO) and the Center for Agricultural Research for Development (Cirad)Africa in movement: Dynamics and engines of migration south of the SaharaReport (2017)
Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism Initiative (4Mi)Monthly reports on migration in North Africa.Resources/DataA project to track flows using network of locally-recruited monitors.
Regional Mixed Migration SecretariatReports on West African migration.Resources/DataAn effort based in Senegal to track migration in West Africa. Also related reports such as: “Mixed Migration in West Africa Data, Routes and Vulnerabilities of People on the Move.”
Regional Mixed Migration SecretariatMonthly reports on migration in East Africa and Yemen.Resources/DataTracking trends in Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.
Internal Displacement Monitoring Group2019 Africa Report on Internal DisplacementReport
Regional Mixed Migration SecretariatReports on migration in Central and South Asia.Resources/Data
Asian Development BankA Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the PacificReport (2017)Hundreds of mentions of "migration" in this 2017 report.
Asian Development BankFiring Up Regional Brain Networks: The Promise of Brain Circulation in the ASEAN Economic CommunityReport (2017)This 2017 report "explores the forces that are poised to transform the supply, demand, and mobility of skilled professionals across ASEAN, and the unique opportunities their convergence presents for human capital development and brain circulation within Southeast Asia."
ActionAid International and Climate Action Network South Asia.Costs of Climate Inaction: Displacement & Distress MigrationReport (2020)A country-level research in five South Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) shows that climate change is either directly displacing people or accentuating
hardship resulting in distress migration.
Migrant Forum in AsiaWebsite for NGOReportsNews and policy briefs
India migration data2011 CensusDataThe last census
Department of Homeland SecurityOfficial statisticsReports/Data
US Immigration and Customs EnforcementWebsiteReports/DataSee Information Library.
US State DepartmentVisa StatisticsReports/Data
US State DepartmentTrafficking in Persons HeroesNames Good place to look for sources
US Congressional Research ServiceU.S. Immigration Policy: Chart Book of Key TrendsReportsExtensive background in this 2016 CRS report.
Migration Policy InstituteWebsiteResources/DataWashington-based group also has many reports on international topics and a data portal.
American Immigration CouncilWebsiteReports/DataMany reports and fact sheets.
Council on Foreign RelationsWebsiteResourcesBackgrounders on policy
Center for Immigration StudiesWebsiteResourcesA group with the motto "low-immigration pro-migrant."
Human Trafficking InstitutewebsiteReportsPublishes the Federal Human Trafficking Report. US
Journalists' Resource, Shorenstein CenterWriting about immigration? 12 studies to check outResourcesPublished August, 2016.
Demographic Data and Policy Research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders WebsiteResearch/ReportsBased at the University of California, Riverside
Public Radio InternationalSpreadsheetResourcesMore than 60 listings of mostly US resources. PRI sponsors Global Nation, a publication about immigration.
Midwest Center for Investigative ReportingResources for investigating visasResources
Migratory NotesWebsiteNews AggregationPublished by two experienced immigration journalists, Daniela Gerson and Elizabeth Aguilera.
Center for Migration Studies of New YorkWebsiteResourcesA think tank and educational institute devoted to the study of international migration.
Organization of American StatesInternational Migration in the AmericasReport (2017)Fourth Report of the Continuous Reporting System on International Migration in the Americas (SICREMI). Individual country reports and statistics.
Strauss Center, University of TexasMigrant Smuggling Along Mexico's Highway SystemReport (2018)A Mexico Security Initiative report.
International Labour OrganisationLabour migration in Latin America and the Caribbean. Diagnosis, Strategy and ILO's work in the Region.Report (2017)
Brookings InstitutionWhy undocumented immigration from Latin America to the US will slow to a crawl—even without a border wallReport (2017)
Migration Policy InstituteTop 10 of 2017 – Issue #10: In Latin America, Spike in Migrant Arrivals Prompts Flurry of ResponsesReport (2017)Good footnotes on national sources. See regional pages option.
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)The Latin American and Caribbean regional preparatory meeting of international migration experts on the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migrationReports Four background reports. In Spanish
World Economic ForumEurope’s refugee crisis is making headlines, but Latin America is just as alarmingReport (2017)Analysis by Robert Muggah, Research Director, Igarapé Institute.

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