The Migration Data & Information Catalogue is a product of the Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography of the European Commission. It includes information on datasets, web portals and platforms, stakeholder organizations, networks and forums, as well as projects that are relevant to migration, demography and related policies.
The target audience for this Catalogue is primarily policy makers and practitioners of migration in the EU that can use such knowledge to address gaps and develop better policies. The Catalogue is intended to help answer the question "what knowledge there exists already and where it is". Academics, experts and students will also find it useful navigating through the links to identify the information they need.
In terms of thematic coverage, the descriptions of the various entities in the Catalogue are organised under a number of domains that reflect current EU priorities in migration policy. At present these top-level domains include Legal Migration and Integration, External Dimension of Migration, Children in Migration, Migrant Smuggling, Irregular Migration, (forced) Internal Displacement and Asylum and Refugees. A number of other areas were added for clarity and to complement the overview, namely, Demography and Migration, Public Sentiment, Migration Governance, Global Human Mobility and Internal EU Mobility.
For what concerns datasets, information such as on contents, methodology, geographic and temporal coverage, frequency of update is there to provide pointers to existing datasets (but also indexes and data reports) and their potential to support different types of analysis. Note that the Catalogue does not provide direct access to the data for analysis, but rather links to the relevant data sources. It contains key cross-cutting datasets for the study of migration, both official international statistics at the EU and the global level, and selected operational-level data at the Member State level. Users are warned to exercise care before using short-term operational data, for instance, when looking for evidence. Inclusion of such operational data is there only for the overview – not for analysis -, which is the primary purpose of this knowledge management product.
The Catalogue contains basic information on several types of relevant entities or organisations. These can be web portals, selected web sites or platforms that the user can then search or browse for more detailed topical information, for example, on migrant integration, on migration policy practices or other subject. These entities can also be stakeholders like EU Institutions and Agencies, international organisations, Universities or research centres, non-governmental organisations, foundations, charities, think tanks, professional associations or other. DGs and EU Agencies are listed separately along with their relevant activities in migration. Furthermore, entities can be networks or electronic platforms or Forums. For all of the above types of organisations, the Catalogue describes the entities with their type, their declared objective and a link to their web site, among others. Finally, the Catalogue contains basic information about a set of key recent or on-going projects both EU-funded and other. Semi-automatic tools will need to be developed in the future to complete and update this first core set of projects, that is the result of manual data collection.
The Catalogue is a live product and as such it is expected to evolve and be kept up-to-date over time to the extent possible. KCMD welcomes suggestions as to additional data and information sources to be included in this product. Please use the functional email firstname.lastname@example.org with "KCMD data & information catalogue" in the subject.