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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