UNHCR (The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and CrisisReady hosted a two-day workshop on Thursday, April 13 and Friday, April 14, which brought together government representatives, international agencies, non-profits, private sector data providers, and academic researchers for targeted and collaborative problem-solving sessions addressing the challenges associated with data collection and analysis concerning refugee movements.
The goal of the workshop was to foster the formation of networks among participants and promote collaboration to develop actionable protocols on the collection, analysis, and use of data to track refugee dynamics and movement patterns, which can in turn help to shape decisions on city-level planning and resource allocation.
As global displacement flows continue to increase, there is an urgent need to improve city-level analysis of refugee dynamics, needs, and investment strategies. São Paulo, in particular, as one of the principal mega-cities of Latin America, is also a hub for internal and regional displacement and international refugee movements.
Public data collection systems on their own are not currently able to monitor and enable the effective management of these flows and their humanitarian consequences. Private data providers, including social media companies like Meta, telecommunications and remote sensing firms, and others, are now routinely producing high-quality data that can contribute significantly to migration-related public problem-solving.
Key takeaways from the workshop will be posted to our site shortly.