TA 3. Leaving no one behind

(TA3.15) How Better Data Can Lead to Better Lives for Children and Migrants on the Move


Dewa Hall October 23, 2018 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

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Danzhen You
Neli Esipova
Frank Laczko
Petra Nahmias
Andrew Rzepa
Hataichanok Puckcharern


Existing international data on migrants provide little information about their well-being, and whether their lives are getting better or not. With the number of migrants expected to exceed 400 million over the next several decades, the links between migration and sustainable development will only grow stronger and the world needs quality data for policy planning and cross-border and sector implementation. The world also needs quality data on migrants and refugees to allow states to devise policies to better protect children on the move and provide them access to essential services in emergencies, in transit or in destination countries.

This session will focus on what the world currently knows from existing data about the lives of migrants in general and about children on the move specifically, and what it has yet to learn.

Gallup’s director of migration studies will share what she has learned from studying the well-being of the world’s migrants for nearly a decade. Through its World Poll surveys, Gallup has been able to systematically analyze the well-being of migrants across more than 150 countries, and investigate how where they come from, where they go, how long they stay and whether they are accepted in their new countries play a role in their well-being.

Representatives from UNICEF, the International Organization for Migration and invited speakers will present new evidence that sheds light on how data quality, collection, analysis as well as sharing mechanisms can be optimized by providing sustainable investments in local structures and capacities. As a result, states could be better equipped to produce evidence to ensure every child living in the context of migration or displacement has a chance to realize its rights to protection, care and development.