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International Forum on Migration Statistics


19 - 21 January, Cairo, Egypt


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 in Paris, France, from 15 - 16 January 2018, featured 240 speakers and over 350 participants from 90 countries, representing national statistic offices, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and academia.

The second edition of the IFMS will be hosted by the African Union (AU) and the Egyptian Government, which currently chairs the AU, 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

IDMC's head of data and analyis, Justin Ginnetti, and head of policy and research Bina Desai, will be joining five panels to speak about climate change, children in displacement, data challenges and solutions, innovative monitoring tools, and more. Find out more here