Support for the Rabat Process on Migration and Development: Activities

Brainstorming workshop : Towards a Guide on the Use of Migration Data in Niger

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Date: 20 August 2015
Place: Niamey, Niger

Pillars: Legal Migration, Irregular Migration, Migration & Development, International protection

On 20 August 2015, a brainstorming workshop took place in Niamey on the topic of the use of migration data for evidence-based policy-making in Niger, organised in the framework of the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development (Rabat Process).

The workshop was part of the activities of the Rabat Process Support Project, implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the International Latin American Foundation for Public Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP). At this occasion, almost 50 participants gathered who are all working on questions linked to migration in Niger.

The workshop was led by the Ministry of Interior, Public Security, Decentralisation and Customary and Religious Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens Abroad. The participants represented a large number of ministries in charge of questions related to migration as well as other public institutions and international and non-governmental organisations.

The discussions at the workshop focused on questions linked to the use of migration data with a view to improve policy-making through the use of relevant data. The workshop was also the occasion to present a tool that has been developed in the framework of the Rabat Process Support Project – the Guides on the Use of Migration Data. In particular, the experience of Burkina Faso, as one of the pilot countries developing a guide, was shared with the participants in order to facilitate the exchange of good practices. The result of the workshop is a “Working Document” which will be handed over to the Nigerien authorities by the Support Project. This document aims to provide a basis to take an informed decision on the best way to elaborate a Guide on the Use of Migration Data in Niger.