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30 Aug 2017

Migration Policy Practice (Vol. VII, Number 2, April-September 2017)

Special Issue on Irregular Migration

The new issue of Migration Policy Practice focuses on irregular migration and, in particular, on new ways to collect and analyse data in this major policy area.

This special issue is particularly timely, given the current preparations for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, and the need expressed by the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants for enhanced data collection methods on both regular and irregular flows.

Most of the articles in this special issue explore how data on irregular migration might be improved and discuss various innovative approaches. The articles tackle a range of different topics and approaches, including on the challenge of gathering data on migrant fatalities, new qualitative approaches to gathering data on irregular migration by the Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism Initiative (4Mi), new data methods developed by IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) system, the use of qualitative methods to explore the issue of migrant smuggling, data collection processes in relation to human trafficking and exploitation on the Mediterranean routes, and key sources of data on irregular migration in Europe used by the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography.

This issue also includes an article on the need to define and measure more accurately the concept of “circular migration”.

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  • Measuring irregular migration: Innovative data practices by Solon Ardittis and Frank Laczko
  • Measuring unsafe migration: The challenge of collecting accurate data on migrant fatalities by Ann Singleton, Frank Laczko and Julia Black
  • A new approach: Displacement Tracking Matrix Comprehensive Migration Flows Survey Model by Michelle Münstermann and Vivianne van der Vorst
  • Measuring irregular migration in the context of Afghanistan by Linnea Lue Kessing and Ruta Nimkar
  • Methodological approaches in human smuggling research: Documenting irregular migration facilitation in the Americas and the Middle East by Luigi Achilli and Gabriella Sanchez
  • Data sets on irregular migration and irregular migrants in the European Union by Michele Vespe, Fabrizio Natale and Luca Pappalardo
  • Migrants’ vulnerability to human trafficking and exploitation in the irregular migration context of the Mediterranean routes by Eliza Galos, Harry Cook and Laura Bartolini Circular migration and the need to define and measure it by Bernd Parusel
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