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Published on December 13th, 2017 | by Georgia Archonti

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UN Migration Agency Launches First Ever Regional Migration Data Hub for Southern Africa Region

IOM, the UN Migration Agency officially launched today (24/11) the Regional Migration Data Hub for Southern Africa (RMDHub) in Pretoria. The establishment of the Hub is part of IOM’s response to requests by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States to enhance governments’ capacities to generate accurate and reliable data to better inform policy development.

The RMDHub also responds to recommendations by SADC Ministers of Home Affairs and of Labour to strengthen collaboration between Member States, IOM and partners to ensure that migration data are shared and communicated more effectively.

This follows the launch of the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) in 2015, in Berlin, Germany. “Poor presentation of migration data can contribute to misperceptions about migration, and distort public debates about the topic. We need to do more to ensure that data are presented accurately and communicated in ways that can be easily understood,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

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, therefore IOM has established this Hub 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 analyze trends and forecast migration patterns to develop strategies to manage migration in a more humane, safe and orderly manner.

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