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A digital toolkit: Building resilient migration management systems

This project will develop an interactive digital toolkit for policy officers to support them in leveraging migration research for evidence-based policy-making. It will draw lessons for the scientific community for brokering knowledge in policy circles.

Building resilient migration management systems: Developing a World Migration Report digital toolkit for policy officials


The project will build on the expertise of the Graduate Institute's Global Migration Centre and IOM’s Migration Research Division, which manages the World Migration Report.


Migration has long brought enormous benefits to origin and destination countries and societies. Yet it remains beset with uncertainty and fear, often compounded by rising misinformation on migration.

Migration policies and responses thus tend to be highly reactive and ad hoc to the detriment of a balanced approach supporting societies’ resilience,  economic and social development. Improving systemic resilience calls for evidence-based migration policies and responses that can leverage the positive impacts of migration, thereby stemming its negative implications and adapting to new developments.

Migration research however, remains difficult to access and navigate; rarely tailored to officials’ needs and timelines, limiting its potential to inform migration policies.


This project aims to maximise the use of research on migration for policy-making through the development of an innovative digital toolkit tailored to policy officials’ needs and constraints. Building on the World Migration Report and other key migration resources,  the project will also support capacity-building within the scientific community to leverage the policy impact of research.



Increased accessibility, utility and usage of research on migration for evidence-based policy-making help policies leverage the positive impacts of migration, mitigate negative implications of acute migration events and adapt to new developments for the benefit of societies’ increased resilience, and economic and social development.


Key activities

1. Analyse policy officers' needs and constraints for using migration research through group discussions, semi-structured interviews and surveys;

2. Develop innovative and interactive digital tools tailored to policy officials’ needs, building on the content of the World Migration Report and other key migration resources;

3. Pilot the toolkit among selected policy officers;

4. Engage policy officials through capacity-building activities;

5. Draw lessons learned for the scientific community on brokering knowledge in policy circles.




30 June 2021 - 26 April 2022

Project core partners

GMC, Global Migration Centre
IOM, Migration Research Division
GSPI. Geneva Science-Policy Interface


Dr Ceclia Cannon, Senior Researcher, Global Migration Center, the Graduate Institute

Marie McAuliffe, IOM/MRD, International Organization for Migration, Migration Research Division

Dr Frédérique Guérin, Executive Officer, GSPI, Geneva Science-Policy Interface