Bergen Summer Research School
Keynote | BSRS 2019

Improving the evidence base for migration policy

Global research challenges

Migrants at the Italian port of Augusta in Sicily after their rescue.
Francesco Malavolta/IOM

Ann Singleton
Worldwide Universities Network and Global Migration Data Analysis Centre/IOM

Policy makers and migration scholars are grappling with national and global challenges, in the context of new patterns and trends in migration and the UN Sustainable Development Agenda, the SDGs and the Global Compact for Migration. In order to better inform their efforts, much has been done to improve the quality and coverage of migration data, but there is a long way to go and many more challenges remain for the research and policy worlds.

How best should the challenges be identified, how do the research and policy worlds communicate and what are the emerging research and policy themes?

Ann Singleton is Vice-Chair, Understanding Cultures Global Challenge of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and Senior Adviser to the IOM‘s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), Berlin. Her work focuses on international migration data, the production of knowledge on migration and the development of migration and asylum policy. She advises the UN Statistics Division, the IOM, European Commission, national governments, NGOs and international organizations.


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