IOM missions in Central Asia and the Russian Federation merge their efforts to collect data on displacement and mobility of the population in the region.

22-23 October 2020, Almaty, Ramada Hotel – IOM Sub-regional Coordination Office for Central Asia in Kazakhstan organized and facilitated the first ever regional semi-online event on Data Collection in Central Asia and the Russian Federation (DTM).

The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) gathers and analyzes data to disseminate critical multi-layered information on the mobility, vulnerabilities, and needs of displaced and mobile populations that enables decision makers and responders to provide these populations with better context specific assistance. Mainly, the proposed initiative will contribute to the Objectives of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) namely Objective 1 “Collect and utilize accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence-based policies”.

"We and our partners are ready to assist in providing information, because we work with vulnerable migrants and know their needs," - Alexander Mukha, lawyer, head of “Meyirim” NGO, Aktau city.

The training was held in a live format with the participation of Kazakhstan based NGOs and the Government. Similar stakeholders from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation, as well as international experts and trainers had a chance to join the training online and contributed to the fruitful discussion and elaboration. COVID-19 safety measures were strictly followed throughout the 2-day training with an active use of PPE and social distancing.

The training was supported by the regional IOM initiative "Mitigating Socio-Economic Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Migrants and Communities in Central Asia and The Russian Federation", funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

For more information, please contact Ms. Svetlana Zhassymbekova, Regional Project Coordinator via e-mail