IOM data overview

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Through a large footprint of offices worldwide, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) collects and reports on original data from a number of sources in its own programmes and operations. Some of this information is publicly available while other data is collected for internal use only. In all cases, data collection and management adheres to IOM’s Migration Data Governance Policy. In cases where IOM processes beneficiaries' personal data, this is done in full respect of IOM’s Data Protection Principles. In principle, only anonymized data may be made publicly available. In no case would personal data be made publicly available if the beneficiary has not consented to it.

To frame, focus and further amplify its existing strong engagement on data, IOM has developed a comprehensive strategy: the Migration Data Strategy (MDS). This MDS is part of broader organizational strategic planning and is aligned with the data strategy of the Secretary-General. This includes three strategic objectives to guide IOM engagement on data:

  1. Strengthen the global evidence base on migration;
  2. Develop capacity of States and other relevant partners to enhance the national, regional and global migration evidence base;

  3. Ensure more evidence-based IOM- and United Nations systemwide programming, operations, policy advice and communications.

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