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International Migration Observatory (OBMigra)

  • Responsible Organisations: National Immigration Council (CNIg) and the University of Brasília (UnB), operating through the Centre for Research and Graduate Studies on the Americas (CEPPAC).
  • ILO Regions: Americas
  • Country(ies): Brazil
  • Thematic areas: Evidence-based policy making
  • MLFLM: 3.


The Observatory's mission is to deepen the knowledge of the international migration phenomenon in its main areas: immigration, emigration and return migration in order to define, implement and evaluate policies for the subject of international migration as an added value to the country's development. Its duties include creating, maintaining and providing a database that facilitates the analysis of international migration.
The OBMigra also seeks to systematize and disseminate information from institutional and civil society organizations with an outstanding performance in the field of migration, as well as from research groups and researchers with relevant academic production related to the Brazilian migration phenomenon. The Observatory also develops research projects, disseminates academic work on migration and produces specific publications on international migration and promotes conferences, seminars, debates and other activities that allow a better understanding of international migration.

Implementation Period

Since 2014

Context of the intervention

From the 2002 "Lisbon Document", which proposed the creation of an Emigration Observatory, to the 2010 "National Policy on Immigration and Protection of Migrant Workers" there had been a demand for the production of qualified information and studies that understood the specificities of the everyday lives of migrants and of the migration social networks involved.

Results/Impacts achieved

Since its inception, the OBMigra has held important workshops to achieve its goals, such as the Seminar on Labour Migration in Brazil (May 2014); the International Seminar on Migration and Mobility in South America (November 2014); and the Second International Seminar - New flows of migrants to Brazil: Challenges for public policy. Among its important publications are the Observatory’s Handbooks, whose second and third editions were titled "The integration of immigrants in the Brazilian Labour Market" and "Migration and Mobility in South America", respectively.
In 2015, the OBMigra promoted the "Observatory Dialogues", as the programme content of the extension course "New Latin American flows in Brazil," whose goal is to deepen the knowledge and debate about recent immigration flows to the country. The course was free, with one monthly meeting from June to November 2015, and was targeted at undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, technical staff of the ministries, public managers, and participants from civil society institutions. The classes were taught by OBMigra researchers and guest professors and researchers of national and international standing.

Innovation or Creativity

The agreement between the Ministry of Labour and the University of Brasilia ensures a continuous flow of information between the public agency and academia, with mutual benefits in terms of easier access to official information and better planning of public policies.

References for Contact

Leonardo Cavalcanti
University of Brasilia

last updated on 15.11.2017^ top