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01 Dec 2021

World Migration Report 2022: Chapter 4 - Migration Research and Analysis: Recent United Nations Contributions

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The evidence originating from rigorous analysis and research on migration is the prime source and starting point for migration policymaking. It is also fundamental to migration practitioners, students, scholars and the public, as they examine aspects of migration and how they might be changing. A key challenge for many is how to determine the relevance and quality of an ever-growing body of migration research and analysis. It can often be overwhelming to identify what is important, and what should be afforded weight, when faced with virtual mountains of research output.

This chapter is aimed in particular at those who would benefit from some broad guidance on this topic. It focuses on the recent contributions of the United Nations – particularly the United Nations Network on Migration – and builds on the foundational chapters on the topic of migration research in the World Migration Report 2018 and World Migration Report 2020.