World Migration Report 2018:

Chapter 4 - Migration research and analysis: Growth, reach and recent contributions

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This chapter provides a selective overview of research and analysis on migration that is being undertaken and published by a range of actors, such as academics, governments, intergovernmental organizations and think tanks. The knowledge derived from rigorous analysis and research can and should play an important role in informing people, including policymakers and migration practitioners, about the changing world around us, including migration.

The chapter illustrates that there has been a significant increase in the interest in migration as a topic over time, including by some of the major producers of research and analysis, reflecting the growing salience of the topic globally. It shows that different types of migration-related output have different strengths and weaknesses, which are important to understand when reading and utilizing such material, particularly in informing policymaking.