Big Data for Migration Alliance - BD4M

25 June 2018, 10:30 – 13:00

European Commission, CDMA Atrium, Rue du Champ de Mars 21, 1050 Brussels


The European Commission’s Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) and IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) will launch the Big Data for Migration Alliance (BD4M) to advance discussions on how to harness the potential of big data sources for the analysis of migration and its relevance for policymaking, while ensuring the ethical use of data and the protection of individuals’ privacy.

As conveners of BD4M, the KCMD and IOM’s GMDAC welcome the participation of representatives from international organizations and non-governmental organizations, members of national statistical offices, private sector representatives, researchers and data scientists interested in contributing, in various capacities, to realizing the potential of big data to complement traditional data sources on migration.

If you are interested in attending the event,  contact Michele Vespe (michele.vespe@ec.europa.eu), or Marzia Rango (MRango@iom.int).


Joint Concept Note: download



10:00 - 10:30

   Arrival and networking coffee

10:30 - 12:00

   Opening remarks
      Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), and
      Eugenio Ambrosi, Regional Director of IOM's Regional Office for the EU, Norway and Switzerland

   Why the Big Data for Migration Alliance?
      Alessandra Zampieri, Head of the Demography Migration and Governance Unit, JRC, and 
      Frank Laczko, Director of IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (IOM –GMDAC)

   BD4M planned activities: the Joint Concept Note
      Marzia Rango, research officer, IOM – GMDAC

   Big Data for Migration: preliminary BD4M results, and a new dataset for migration using social media
      Michele Vespe, scientific officer, JRC


12:00 - 13:00