International Forum on Migration Statistics 2020

Cairo, Egypt

19 January 2020 to 21 January 2020


The International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS) is a unique global platform devoted to improving data on migration in all its dimensions. The first meeting of the IFMS, organized by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) in Paris, France, from 15 to 16 January 2018, featured 240 speakers and over 350 participants from 90 countries, representing national statistical offices, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia.

Improving data is crucial for the implementation of the migration-related dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). The IFMS offers a unique space for global dialogue, information-sharing and networking for a broad range of actors from national and regional authorities, NGOs, international agencies and the private sector, with the aim of building and strengthening migration data capacities around the world. With the public discourse on migration increasingly being influenced by myths and misperceptions, the IFMS contributes to more informed and evidence-based public discourse and policy making.

The Forum is expected to foster an informal global migration data network, aimed at promoting exchanges of information between a broad range of stakeholders. This could include online mechanisms to facilitate the sharing of innovative data practices.

The second edition of the IFMS will be hosted by the African Union (AU) and the Egyptian Government, which currently chairs the AU, from 20-21 January 2020 in Cairo, Egypt.  The Forum will be supported by a Programme Committee of scientific experts, drawn from all major regions in the world, as well as a local organising committee to help with logistics.

Like the IFMS in 2018, IFMS 2020 will provide a place for sharing innovative approaches to filling data gaps in the measurement of migration and migration-related topics, such as local integration and development impacts. Given that migrants often face limited access to healthcare, education, justice, labour protections and other services, the IFMS 2020 will specifically address disaggregation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets by migratory status (SDG 17.16).

The 2020 Forum will focus on six themes:

  • Strengthening data for policy
  • Capacity development and financing
  • Data collection and innovation
  • Measuring progress on the SDGs and other global commitments
  • Cooperation and data governance
  • Improving availability of data on migrants in vulnerable situations

Organization of work

Sunday, 19 January 2020

09.00 - 10.30

Opening plenary session

Welcoming remarks

Chair: H.E. Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, represented by H.E Ambassador Hamdi Saned Loza, Deputy Minister for African Affairs, Egypt


  • H.E. General Khairat Barakat, President of Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), Egypt
  • H.E. Amira El Fadil, Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union
  • Mr. António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Mr. John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division of UN DESA
  • Mr. Stefano Scarpetta, Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
  • H.E. Pietro Mona, Ambassador for Development, Forced Displacement and Migration, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Britta Behrendt, Head of Division M1 - Migration Policy, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany


11.00 - 12.00 

Keynote speech

Why do we need better migration data? What are the main knowledge gaps on migration and how can data help address those gaps?


  • Mr. Ronald Skeldon, Emeritus Professor, University of Sussex and Professor of Human Geography, Maastricht University

Introduced by Mr. Frank Laczko, Director, IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre


15.00 - 16.30

Plenary session 1

Best practices on the production and use of migration data: regional and country perspectives

Chair: Michele Klein Solomon, Director of Policy Hub, IOM


  • Ms. Siham Mourabit, Minister Plenipotentiary, Head of Human Rights, Humanitarian and Social Affairs Division,
  • African Union Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Morocco
  • Mr. Diego Iturralde, Chief Director, Statistics South Africa
  • Ms. Angela Me, Chair of the Committee of Chief Statisticians of the UN System and Chief of Research and Analysis
  • Branch, UNODC
  • Ms. Olga Chudinovskikh, Acting Head, Laboratory of Economics of Population and Demography, Moscow State University


Monday, 20 January 2020


Plenary session 2

Measuring progress on migration-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other global

Chair: Ms. Francesca Grum, Chief, Social and Gender Statistics, UN DESA


  • Mr. David Donoghue, Former Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations
  • Ms. Marcela Cerrutti, Professor of Sociology, Buenos Aires University, Argentina
  • Mr. William Muhwava, Chief, Demographic and Social Section, African Centre for Statistics, UNECA
  • Ms. Bouchra Bouziani, Head of Social Statistics Unit, High Commission for Planning, Morocco
  • Mr. Stefan Andersson, Head of Unit, International Cooperation Office Sweden



Plenary session 3

Communicating Migration Data for Policy

Chair: Ms. Dessislava Choumelova, Head of Unit, Demography, Migration and Governance, Joint Research
Centre, European Commission


  • Ms. Jay Lindop, Director, Centre for international migration, Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Mark Lopez, Director of Global Migration and Demography Research, Pew Research Center
  • Ms. Catherine Gicheru, Code for Africa, ICFJ Knight Fellow
  • Mr. Gervais Appave, Independent Consultant


Tuesday, 21 January 2020


Plenary session 4

Harnessing data innovation for migration research and policymaking

Panel presentation followed by Q & A

Chair: Mr. Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of International Migration Division in the Directorate for
Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD


  • Mr. Gogita Todradze, Executive Director, National Statistics Office of Georgia
  • Mr. Emilio Zagheni, Director, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
  • Mr. Linus Bengtsson, Executive Director, Flowminder
  • Ms. Claudia Juech, CEO, Cloudera
  • Mr. Richard Benjamins, Data & AI Ambassador, Telefónica



Closing plenary session

Chair: Mr. Frank Laczko, Director, International Organization for Migration's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre


  • Mr. Markus Schwyn, Vice Director and Head of Division for Population and Education Statistics, Swiss Federal Statistical Office
  • Mr. Sabelo Mbokazi, Head of Labour, Employment and Migration Division in the Department of Social Affairs, African Union (TBC)
  • Ms. Dessislava Choumelova, Head of Unit, Demography, Migration and Governance, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Mr. Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of International Migration Division in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
  • Mr. John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division of UN DESA
  • Mr. Abdel Hameed Sharaf El Dien, Head of Population Statistics and Population Census, Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS)