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International Migration: Strengthening the Knowledge Base for Policy

Chair (s) 
Ellen Percy Kraly (Colgate University)
Guy Abel (Asian Demographic Research Institute, Shanghai University)
Mariama Awumbila (University of Ghana)
Marcela Cerrutti (Centro de Estudios de Población (CENEP))
Philippe Fargues (European University Insitute)
Bela Hovy (United Nations)
Diego Iturralde (Statistics SA)
Marie McAuliffe (International Organization for Migration (IOM))
Council Liaison 
Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi (The University of Tehran)
IUSSP Secretariat 
Paul Monet (International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP))
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This panel’s general goal is to inform policy and programmatic responses to migration and migrants by bringing scientific theory and evidence to the analysis of current and future trends and patterns of international migration, the causes and consequences of population movements, and policy response. The activities of the Panel will include convenings of population scientists around issues of international migration, including the organization of a major scientific conference on international migration, integration of evidence into international migration governance, and engagement and training of future generations of population scholars in the study of international migration and mobility.



The Case for a World Migration Survey

Marcela Cerrutti, Philippe Fargues and Mariama Awumbila


This IUSSP Policy & Research Paper advocates for the development and implementation of a World Migration Survey (WMS) to generate international comparative information on significant and unrevealed aspects of migrants and migration. Results of a world migration survey will inform a wide range of policy-relevant debates. (read more)



International Migration Panel at the 3rd International Forum on Migration Statistics

Santiago, Chile, 24-26 January 2023

77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Report of the Secretary-General on International Migration and Development.

(available in all 6 UN languages)


Report for the 2021 IUSSP General Assembly

IPC2021 Session 69 - The Implications of Global Pandemics for International Migration and Migration Research

7 December 2021 at 14:00  UTC

IPC2021 Session 206 - Training course: Tools for Working with, Estimating and Visualising Migration Data in R

10 December 2021 at 10:00  UTC

Round table discussion on "Advancing a global survey on migration: Perspectives from Asia", at the 5th Asian Population Association Conference

Online, 4 August 2021 at 10:30 UTC (6:30 am New York / 12:30 pm Paris / 5:30pm Western Indonesian Time)


Round table discussion on "Research and data priorities on international migration: perspectives for a World Migration Survey", at the IX ALAP Congress

Online, 9 December 2020

Participation in a session on the prospects of an African migration survey at the "Online African School of Migration Statistics” (sponsored by IOM GMDAC, African Union Commission, Statistics Sweden and the Government of Germany).

Online, 2-4 December 2020

Webinar on Priorities in research on international migration and mobilities: Implications of the COVID pandemic and its legacies

Zoom webinar, 5 November 2020

Roundtable Discussion on Priorities in International Migration Research and Statistics: Prospects for a World Migration Survey, prior to the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (Cancelled)

Washington, DC, United States, 22 April 2020

Roundtable discussion: Priorities in International Migration Research and Statistics: Prospects for a World Migration Survey at the forthcoming International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS)

Cairo, Egypt, 19-21 January 2020


Workshop on the Application of R for Measuring and Estimating Migration at the forthcoming International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS)

Cairo, Egypt, 19-21 January 2020

Trainer: Panel member Guy Abel, Shanghai University. 

Roundtable discussion addressing prospects for a world migration survey at the African Population Conference

Entebbe, Uganda, 18-22 November 2019

Session on "Priorities for international migration research in Asia" at the Second Asian Population Forum

Shanghai, China, 11-12 October 2019

Training workshop on the Estimation of Migration prior to the Second Asian Population Forum

Shanghai, China, 8-9 October 2019

Instructor: Panel member Guy Abel, Shanghai University. 

Round table discussion on ‘Measuring international mobility of the population through censuses and surveys. A pending challenge at the beginning of the new millennium,’ at the XV Argentinian Population Conference and II International Congress of the Southern Cone

San Juan, Argentina, 18-20 September 2019

Panel member Marcela Cerrutti, Centro de Estudios de Población (CENEP), presented the case for a World Migration Survey (WMS).


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