The 3rd International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS 2023)

24 - 26 January 2023, Santiago, Chile


Day 1, 24 Jan 2023

Day 2, 25 Jan 2023

Day 3, 26 Jan 2023

The 3rd International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS 2023) was organized by the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Statistics and Population Divisions, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Calls to improve migration data to formulate evidence-based migration policies and inform public discourse have become increasingly strong. However, basic data on the stocks, flows, and characteristics of international migrants, as well as on the causes and impacts of international migration remain scarce or are not utilized to their full potential in many countries. The IFMS 2023 provided a unique opportunity to discuss ways to improve the collection, analysis, and use of migration data worldwide, to fill existing migration data gaps and to better inform policy making.

As in the two previous fora, this event mobilised expertise from a range of disciplines, such as statistics,economics, demography, sociology, geospatial science, and information technology. The IFMS 2023 brought together producers and users of migration statistics from national and international statistical offices, other government agencies, international organizations, academia, civil society, and the private sector.

The Forum was hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile, from 24 to 26 January 2023 as an in-person and hybrid event.

International Forum on Migration Statistics 2023


The programme of plenary and parallel sessions is available here.

A poster exhibition took place during the three days of the Forum (24-26 January) in ECLAC's North Course (Explanada Norte). Click here to see the posters that were showcased.

A series of side events took place on Friday, 27 January 2023. Please visit the side events for more information .



Webinar 1: Maximizing diaspora engagement through evidence-based policies: data, methodologies, and tools

  • Thursday, 8 December 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm GMT+1 Virtual

Diasporas are development actors with economic, social, cultural and human capital. They contribute to their countries of origin and destination through transnational links and initiatives. Nevertheless, there are many gaps in data on the size and profile of diaspora communities as well as their contributions. The aim of this session was to present the two innovative methodologies developed by IOM to contribute to a better understanding and systematization of diasporas’ capital and potential for development: The IOM Diaspora Mapping Toolkit and Contributions and Counting.

Please click here to watch the recording.

Webinar 2: Monitoring Migrant Protection and Well-being: Good Practices and Proposals for Levelling Up in the context of the Philippines

  • Tuesday, 10 January 2023 9:30 - 11:00 am CET Organiser: Scalabrini Migration Center

The webinar presented data initiatives which demonstrate the different ways of using existing data collection systems and the conduct of a special survey during the pandemic to know the conditions of migrants, and to inform policies and programs aimed at supporting and enabling migrants. The presentations will discuss the background of these data initiatives, information and insights about migrants and their families, potentials for further analysis, and proposals for improving and strengthening these data systems.

Please click here to watch the recording.