Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine more than 3 million people have been displaced as refugees, and nearly 2 million more have been displaced within their country. An estimated 50% of those who were forced to flee Ukraine are children.
Mobility data has played an important role in helping to estimate changing areas and rates of population influx and dissemination into many different parts of Europe. Humanitarian agencies and policy makers are using this data in part to make decisions about resource allocation and planning to meet the needs of millions of Ukrainians and others displaced by the war. At the same time, technology providers, governments, and multilateral organizations have made a set of rapid and dramatic decisions about data protection and responsibility, shaping how mobility data can, and in most cases cannot, be accessed and shared about communities in Ukraine.
The ninth Disaster Mobility Data Network meeting featured representatives from UN OCHA, UNICEF, and the Jackson School of International Affairs at Yale, to discuss data responsibility, displacement analysis, and the limits of mobility data during the war in Ukraine.
Watch the meeting recording below: