ECOWAS workshop on migration data management

Senior experts are meeting from 15-18 March 2016 in Lome, Togo to better mainstream migration data and management into development planning in ECOWAS countries.

Media advisory | 15 March 2016
ADDIS ABABA/LOME (ILO News) – Senior statisticians and migration data management experts from ECOWAS Member States and international organisations, will take part in a workshop, planned in collaboration with the ILO, to discuss best practices and latest trends in migration data collection and analysis.

This activity, scheduled from 15-18 march 2016 in Lome, Togo, is in line with the objectives of the Joint Labour Migration Programme (JLMP), an AU/ILO/IOM/ECA initiative, adopted by the African Heads of State and Government in January 2015 on establishing coherent, accurate, and up-to-date data and statistics on migration in Africa.

Strengthening national migration data management systems and improving the coordination between national stakeholders has been a common challenge in the region.

Experts from national statistical institutions and delegates from development partners and countries will consider the adoption of guidelines and standardized procedures in migration data management for ECOWAS countries. Moreover, they will examine the effectiveness of the template for the tabulation of migration-related census data.

Participants include ECOWAS Commission, ILO, IOM, AU, UN DESA, UN ECA, ICMPD and senior experts of national statistics institutions of ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania.

The recommendations will include assessing migration data management for evidence-based policy making and maximizing the use of existing data sources on labour migration.

Background information

This WORKSHOP is supported by the Project “Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa)”, which is jointly funded by the European Union and ECOWAS and implemented by the Consortium of Partners, Including the ILO, IOM and ICMPD.

The FMM West Africa Project, funded jointly by the EU and ECOWAS, supports the ECOWAS Commission, ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania in maximizing the development potential of free movement of persons and migration in West Africa. In the area of data collection and management, the Project seeks to support the development of standardized procedures to collect and process migration-relevant data as well as the analysis and dissemination of such data.