The calls for papers and parallel sessions are now closed

In addition to the plenary sessions dedicated to key themes, the International Forum on Migration Statistics 2023 (IFMS 2023) will include parallel sessions, each lasting 75 minutes. These will offer a more focused and thematic discussion on the six core themes and subthemes.

IFMS 2023 Themes and Subthemes
  1. Examining gaps and challenges in migration data for monitoring development goals and objectives
  2. Promoting production and utilization of migration data for development planning and policymaking
  3. Improving availability of data disaggregated by age, sex, gender, education and migratory status
  4. Indicators of safe, orderly and regular migration and well-managed migration governance
  5. Monitoring progress on migration-related SDGs
  6. Monitoring progress in the implementation of the GCM and GCR

  1. New approaches to data collection
  2. Migration data innovations and technology-driven solutions
  3. New concepts and methodologies, including nowcasting and forecasting
  4. Integration of data sources, including geospatial data
  5. Opportunities and challenges of using big data and other new data sources

  1. Improving availability and quality of data on migrants in vulnerable situations, including internally displaced persons, migrants in transit, refugees and asylum seekers, climate-induced displacement, and migrants in irregular or unauthorized situations
  2. Data on discrimination, violence against migrants, and on protecting migrant rights
  3. Data on migrant integration and well-being
  4. Data on children on the move

  1. Impacts of the pandemic on national statistical systems and traditional data collection instruments including censuses, administrative registers, and surveys
  2. Assessing how health data collection processes and health information systems at the national/sub-national level provide data on COVID-19 related health outcomes by migrant status. (prompt: inclusion/integration of migrant modules to provide COVID-19 health related outcomes such as cases, deaths, hospitalizations, vaccination coverage are disaggregated on by migration status)
  3. Inclusion of migrants in health-related COVID-19 response and recovery efforts
  4. Effects of the pandemic on the availability and quality of data on migrants as well as on migration data comparability, analysis and utilization
  5. Challenges and opportunities associated with innovative data collection methods on migrants during the pandemic
  6. Assessing the impacts of the pandemic on international migration flows
  7. Assessing the impacts of the pandemic on remittance flows and the economic impact
  8. Assessing the impacts of the pandemic on the health of migrants and their families
  9. Assessing the impacts of the pandemic on the global health workforce, including recruitment and mobility of health workers (prompt: do national labour Force Surveys and other health administrative data sources have capacity to map health workforce, including recruitment and mobility of health workers by migration status?)

  1. New/emerging approaches in migration data capacity building
  2. Identifying best practices in migration data capacity building
  3. Promoting resources and financing for strengthening migration data systems
  4. Cross-sectoral stakeholder collaboration and coordination, including public-private partnerships and South-South cooperation
  5. Measuring progress in migration data capacities
  6. Ensuring age- and gender-responsiveness of migration data
  7. Data exchange and data sharing, within and across countries
  8. Uptake of migration and related data for national policy development – good practices and lessons learned

  1. Improving migration data transparency and real-time data production to inform the public
  2. Building trust in migration and integration information systems
  3. Public opinion data on migration
  4. Communicating data to policymakers for evidence-based planning
  5. Data privacy and security challenges
  6. Role of migrants and CSOs in shaping the narrative and contributing to evidence

Call for Papers

The forum is accepting submissions of abstracts related to the above themes and subthemes. These will be incorporated into a parallel session. Please submit an abstract of a paper or report (max. 500 words). The call for papers closed on 11 June 2022.

Participation in the IFMS 2023 is free of charge, but in-person attendees are expected to cover their own travel costs. A limited number of grants will be available for participants from developing countries. Priority will be given to representatives from National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and governments, taking into account gender and regional balance. Due to the ongoing pandemic, in-person participation may be restricted.

Call for Parallel Sessions

The forum is also accepting proposals for parallel sessions. A selection of parallel sessions will have a hybrid format while the rest will be in-person. This call for session proposals is open to government entities, United Nations agencies, other international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, media, private sector, and the donor community.

The call for parallel sessions closed on 11 June 2022.

How will papers and parallel sessions be selected?

Proposals will be assessed by the IFMS 2023 Scientific Committee on the following criteria:

  • Completion of the submission form.
  • Relevance of the topic to the IFMS2023 themes.
  • Clearly defined thesis, findings, and methodological approach.
  • Inclusion of innovation and originality.
  • Complementarity of the topic with other accepted abstracts, to allow for a diverse and well-balanced programme.

Communication of selections will be made by end of August 2022.

For general inquiries about IFMS 2023 please write to: