IOM launches workshop on migration data in Egypt

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Mar 2022

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Egypt held a two-day workshop with relevant stakeholders aiming to take stock of the key challenges, achievements, and good practices related to collecting, managing, and disseminating migration data in Egypt.

File photo of a yoga session organised as part of the IOM's community event

The event took place on Tuesday and Wednesday and was organised in coordination with the Regional Data Hub (RDH) for the Middle East and North Africa region and the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC).

The two-day event brought together a wide range of stakeholders, including the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), the Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC), research centres, and think tanks.

It also included the Migration Research Unit of the University of Cairo (MRU), UN agencies, as well as the EU — represented by Ibrahim Laafia, the EU gelegation to Egypt’s head of cooperation.

During the opening of the event, Laurent de Boeck — the IOM’s Chief of Mission to Egypt — emphasised the engagement of the Egyptian government as a champion country of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).

“For many years now, the IOM has been working hand in hand with CAPMAS to develop and share its good practices on migration data. It is only when we have a grasp on the amplitude of the contribution of migrants to society that we can develop and promote migration policies and programmes. Data is key,” reiterated de Boeck.

The main objective of the workshop is to provide a platform to data-producing bodies in Egypt and relevant stakeholders to discuss good practices related to migration data collection and reporting, identifying key challenges and capacity building needs to advance towards the fulfilment of the first objective of the GCM and sustainable development goals (SDGs) related to migration.

The participants drafted a document by the end of the workshop summarising the key challenges, opportunities, and good practices related to migration data in Egypt.

The document will serve as a useful basis for the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), which Egypt will participate in between 10 to 13 May at the UN’s General Assembly in New York.

The workshop contributes to the achievement of the UN’s SDGs, specifically Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities, Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, and Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

The workshop also aligns with the GCM’s Objective 7: Address and reduce vulnerabilities in migration, and Objective 10: Prevent, combat, and eradicate trafficking in persons in the context of international migration.

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