Stemming the post-factual tide: Towards more evidence-based migration policies

When, local time: 
Thursday, 29 June 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Germany, Berlin
Type of Event: 
Interagency meeting
John Crowley,

In the context of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), meeting from 27 to 29 June in Berlin, Germany, UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme is co-organizing with the foreign ministries of Slovakia and Germany a side event on "Stemming the post-factual tide: Towards more evidence-based migration policies".

Current migration policy is increasingly crisis-driven. Governments are under intense pressure to respond to populist demands. This leads to ad hoc and reactive policy making, to the detriment of forward-looking and sustainable solutions to contemporary migration challenges. Against this background, there is a growing need for more evidence-based policy making and long-term planning. This Side Event reflects upon questions of data requirements, suitable indicators for development-oriented migration policies, and a sound knowledge base for realizing the development potential of migration.

The side event will be moderated by Ambassador William L. Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration, and will include presentations by
- Frank Laczko, Director, Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, GMDAC on “Migration data gaps and data availability”
- Steffen Angenendt, Head of Global Issues Unit, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, on “Indicators for migration-oriented SDGs”
- Joachim Breuer, President, International Social Security Association, on “Is there an evidence-base for occupational security and health of migrant workers?”
- John Crowley, Chief of Section, UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Sciences, on “Shifting Migration Narratives”