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Tracking global refugee movements with the Migration Data Portal

An open data portal with statistics and insights on refugees

In a previous news item, we reported on the United Nations Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) Operational Data Portal and their work tracking refugees fleeing Ukraine. While much media attention is on this critical situation, people fleeing conflict remains a global concern and the plight of refugees from places such as Afghanistan continues to be tracked by portals relying on open data.

One such portal is the Migration Data Portal, which aims to help policy makers, national statistics officers, journalists and other interested parties. It provides a single point of access to migration statistics and other reliable information on migration. Launched in December 2017, the portal is managed and developed by the International Organization for Migration’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) with the support of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The portal provides statistics on migration visualised in a helpful dashboard while also giving valuable insights into gaps in existing data sets. In one blog post, they introduce Nujeen, a Kurdish Syrian refugee with cerebral palsy, who advocates for more data collection on refugees with disabilities—a notable gap in information collected on refugees globally.

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