Understanding return migration


Understanding return migration

Dr. Nassim Majidi is Co-Founder and Co-Director, Migration Pillar and the Co-Founder of Samuel Hall. Leading evidence-based research and policy development on migration and displacement. Majidi has worked in Africa, Asia, and Europe over the past decade with refugees, migrants and returnees in some of the world’s border areas and conflict settings. She has developed strategic programming initiatives, national policies on migration, and monitoring reviews. Based on her knowledge of migration actors. Majidi is an affiliate researcher at Sciences Po’s Centre for International Studies and a research associate at the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

International Forum on Migration Statistics

The International Organization for Migration (IOM),UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs  (UN DESA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organised the first-ever International Forum on Migration Statistics in January 2018. Hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the forum facilitated 240 speakers and hosted participants from 90 countries. Governments, research institutes, universities, the private sector, civil society and international organisations were represented at the event.

A parallel session at the International Forum on Migration Statistics focused on measuring return and reintegration outcomes. Co-organised by Majidi, the session considered how return and reintegration within forced migration and displacement have been researched. Highlighting how research in this area has most often been through a qualitative methods approach with a more recent addition of quantitative research being applied. The panel presented quantitative approaches to measuring the return and reintegration in (forced) migration situations.

What were the key messages of the International Forum on Migration Statistics?

  1. Significant migration-data gaps exist
  2. Migration data are important for the SDGs and Global Compacts
  3. National Statistics Offices take the lead on innovative approaches to migration data
  4. Disaggregation of migration data is crucial
  5. Capacity building and international cooperation are necessary for improving migration data
  6. Effective communication of data is necessary for overcoming public misperceptions of migration
  7. Big data and other innovative approaches can help fill data gaps
  8. The Forum will provide a regular space for exchange on migration-data issues Ref OECD Brief
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Read the Migration Data Brief which focuses on the key messages of the inaugural International Forum on Migration Statistics

Nassim Majidi – From Forced Migration to Forced Returns in Afghanistan: Policy and Program Implications 2017

International Forum on Migration Statistics guide

Watch the plenary and parallel sessions



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