Big Data and Alternative Data Sources on Migration:
from Case Studies to Policy Support

Workshop Programme and Presentations


Opening remarks

Alessandra Zampieri, Head of Demography Migration and Governance Unit, JRC and

Frank Laczko, Director of IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC)


Marzia Rango (GMDAC) and Michele Vespe (JRC - KCMD)

Session I

Recent applications of big data and alternative data sources to the study of migration-related trends, including using Facebook advertising platform, Twitter, Instagram and mobile phone data

Session II

Data holders/providers – perspectives and applications

Session III

Round table discussion

  • Stefaan Verhulst, New York University
    The Promise and Challenges of “Data Collaboratives” for Migration
  • Session Discussion: representatives from UN Agencies (including IOM,  UNHCR), European Commission (including JRC, Eurostat and policy DGs), EU Agencies (including EASO and Frontex), Population Europe – Max Planck Institute, The Node.