More than 2,100 migrants have died in West Africa and on overseas routes from the region to Europe since 2014, according to data from IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP). In 2018, Objective 8 of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) called on States to “save lives and establish coordinated international efforts on missing migrants”. However, in 2022 this objective remains scarcely implemented worldwide, as highlighted in a recent statement by the UN Migration Network and in the latest UN Secretary-General report on the GCM. It also remains poorly addressed in West Africa and in member states of the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), as well as in West Africa-European Union (EU) processes. The GCM review process and our analysis reveal that only very few policy and programming efforts with regard to Objective 8 have been adopted. At the same time, the data and evidence on migrants going missing or dying during migration needed to inform these efforts remain scarce, and data available are incomplete both in terms of quantity and quality. Limited policy implementation and data gaps are mutually reinforcing. Slow policy and programming progress render it difficult to collect comprehensive data on missing migrants. In turn, a lack of comprehensive data and of adequate consideration of the available data contribute to hinder evidence-informed policies and programming that could reduce risks and save lives.
About the Migration Network Hub
What is the Migration Network Hub?
The Hub is a virtual “meeting space” where governments, stakeholders and experts can access and share migration-related information and services. It provides curated content, analysis and information on a variety of topics.
The Hub aims to support UN Member States in the implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Compact for Migration by serving as a repository of existing evidence, practices and initiatives, and facilitating access to knowledge sharing via online discussions, an expert database and demand-driven, tailor-made solutions (launching in 2021).
What content is displayed in the Hub?
The Hub aims to help you find information on migration, ranging from policy briefs and journal articles, existing portals and platforms and what they offer, to infographics and videos. The different types of resources submitted by users undergo peer review by a panel of experts from within the UN and beyond, before being approved for inclusion in the Hub. To provide guidance to users based on findings of the needs assessment, the content is ordered so that more comprehensive and global resources are shown before more specific and regional ones. Know a great resource? Please submit using the links above and your suggestion will be reviewed. Please see the draft criteria for existing practices here.
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Content submitted to the Migration Network Hub is first peer reviewed by experts in the field from both the UN and beyond. Applications are welcomed to join the roster on an ongoing basis. Learn more here.
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