International Forum on Migration Statistics 2023

Santiago, Chile

24 - 26 January 2023


The 3rd International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS 2023) is organized by the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Statistics and Population Divisions, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Calls to improve migration data to formulate evidence-based migration policies and inform public discourse have become increasingly strong. However, basic data on the stocks, flows, and characteristics of international migrants, as well as on the causes and impacts of international migration remain scarce or are not utilized to their full potential in many countries. The IFMS 2023 will provide a unique opportunity to discuss ways to improve the collection, analysis, and use of migration data worldwide, to fill existing migration data gaps and to better inform policy making.

As in the two previous fora, this event will mobilise expertise from a range of disciplines, such as statistics, economics, demography, sociology, geospatial science, and information technology. The IFMS 2023 will bring together producers and users of migration statistics from national and international statistical offices, other government agencies, international organizations, academia, civil society, and the private sector.


Theme I

I. Strengthening migration data for the follow-up and review of global agreements:


Examining gaps in the availability of migration data and statistics for monitoring progress on internationally agreed development goals, and increased utilization of migration data for informed planning and policymaking.

Theme II

II. New approaches, methodologies and innovations in migration data:


Exploring the changing landscape of migration data and statistics, including new approaches and methodologies for the collection of migration data and the opportunities from technology driven solutions.

Theme III

III. Strengthening data on migrants in vulnerable situations:


Identifying challenges and opportunities in improving data on migrants in vulnerable situations to address their needs, protect their rights, and ensure that no one is left behind.

Theme IV

IV. Impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on data on migrants and migration:


Assessing the impacts of the pandemic on national data systems and the availability and quality of data on migrants, as well as data gaps to assess the impacts of the pandemic on migrants and their families. Assessing the inclusion of migrants in pandemic response and recovery including the inclusion of migrants in Covid-19 vaccination plans.

Theme V

V. Strengthening statistical capacities and financing:


Building institutional capacities to collect, analyse and disseminate migration data, as well as improving stakeholder coordination to strengthen migration data systems and to promote the exchange and sharing of migration data.

Theme VI

VI. Data communication, visualization and public opinion:


Exploring strategies and best practices to enhancing migration data literacy, reducing misinformation and misconceptions about migrants and migration, and improving effective communication of data.