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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
World leaders adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) at the UN Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakesh this week.
The purpose of the GCM is to improve international cooperation on migration.
It tackles issues such as :
The GCM will provide an important framework for cooperation among countries of origin, transit and destination over the next decades.
One major challenge for the GCM is the use of accurate information when developing migration policies to address the structural factors that shape migration.
To guarantee their success, policies will need to be based on a good understanding of what drives migration, making the most of the tools and approaches available to assimilate this knowledge into policy design.
Improving the collection and analysis of migration data is the first among 23 objectives of the GCM.
With that in mind, the JRC and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) co-organised an official side-event preceding the Intergovernmental Conference to explore innovative uses of evidence for forward-looking migration policies.
The latest evidence on the drivers and root causes of migration was presented, as well some of the latest tools and approaches available for effective migration policy design:
The JRC also took part in the 5th Global Mayoral Forum in Marrakesh, a City-led dialogue on migration and development, supported by local, regional and international partners.
At a breakout session organised together with the City of Athens, the JRC demonstrated how it is contributing to the implementation of the GCM at EU city level –through data, tools, platforms and analyses.
JRC scientists presented the "Data for Integration" initiative, which offers new insights into the dynamics of the impact of migration and diversity in European cities.
The latest work of the Knowledge Centre for Territorial Policies was also presented.