IFMS 2018: Measuring the Migration-Environment Nexus: State of the Art

Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
International Forum on Migration Statistics 2018
15-16 January 2018
OECD Conference Centre, Paris
Enhancing international cooperation in the field of migration
Migration has moved to the top of the policy agenda in many countries around the world, and as a result there are renewed calls for States to invest in improving data on migration. There is an urgent need to improve the availability, international comparability, timeliness and quality of migration data. Statistical projects and initiatives on migration and migrants are currently underway in many countries in national statistical institutes, relevant ministries and institutions, research centres, as well as in several international organisations. However, these initiatives often remain fragmented, confined to each discipline and are not usually brought together and disseminated in a comprehensive and integrated manner.
In this context, the OECD, IOM and UNDESA are jointly organising the first International Forum on Migration Statistics. This is aimed at becoming a regular event that will contribute to intensify the exchange of information, to promote mutual learning and to facilitate cooperation among relevant stakeholders. It will bring together all producers, analysts and users of migration statistics in a community of interest centred on migration measurement issues. It will mobilise expertise from a wide range of disciplines - such as political science, economics, demography, development, geospatial science, sociology, statistics, and information technology - that can contribute to improve global understanding of the migration phenomenon.
The International Forum on Migration Statistics will:
  • Bring together experts and policy makers in a community of interest centred on migration measurement issues.
  • Explore innovative ways to measure population mobility across countries as well as economic and social immigrant integration.
  • Create synergies between different actors and perspectives, with representatives from 'origin', ‘transit’ and 'host' countries of migrants. 
Programme Day 2
Parallel sessions 4: 11.00-12.30
Session 4.C Measuring the Migration-Environment Nexus: State of the Art
Organiser/Chair: Susanne Melde, Senior Analyst, Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), IOM
  • François Gemenne, Director Hugo Observatory, University of Liège, Belgium: Difficulties of providing quantitative estimates of environmental migration
  • Leal Kumar Dindoyal, Senior Statistician, Statistics Mauritius, Mauritius: Data sources on migration linked to the environment, data collection challenges and methodologies developed, including the Housing and Population Census
  • Etienne Piguet, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland: Environmental migration surveys: toward canonical questions?
  • Robert Oakes, United Nations University, Institute for Environmental and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Bonn, Germany: Opportunities and challenges of Agent-based modelling
  • Kanta Kumari Rigaud, World Bank, USA: Projections of migration likelihood outcomes under a range of climate change scenarios for 2030 and 2050
  • Justin Ginnetti, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), Geneva, Switzerland: Disaster displacement data, analysis, and methodologies in sudden and slow onset contexts
  • Petra Nahmias, UNHCR, Switzerland: Potential methodologies / approaches to improve data collection in contexts where conflict is intertwined with disasters
  • Julia Blocher, United Nations University/Hugo Observatory: Integrating the human dimension in drought indices and early warning