On 15 – 16 May, ICMPD in Armenia organized a training activity on Research Methodology and Alternative Sources of Migration Data for representatives of state entities and NGOs dealing with monitoring and analysing migration-related developments in and around Armenia. The participating entities were the State Migration Service, the National Statistical Service, the Caucasian Research Resource Centre, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Yerevan State University and independent experts.
The main aim of the training was to enhance the research and data management capacities of the relevant institutions in order to monitor, research, investigate, analyse migration-related data and provide timely, accurate, independent assessments and expert advice on the migration situation in Armenia.
The invited ICMPD expert, Dr. Anna Bara, outlined alternative sources of migration data, including portals with migration data and digital maps with migration patterns, and highlighted some of the challenges in collecting and analysing migration data, such as lack of interagency cooperation and diverging definitions of statistical indicators. She presented the Prague Process knowledge base on migration with extended and light migration profiles and a mini -i-Map on migration. In view of developing an extended migration profile in Armenia, the provided information on methodology and alternative sources of migration data was considered very useful, relevant, and well-timed by the participants.