With approximately 281 million people, or 3.6 % of the world’s population, currently living outside their country of birth, migration policies need to be based on reliable and impartial evidence. As the leading Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives, CESSDA™ offers a wealth of resources for researchers, enabling them to use and re-use datasets and define their data management plan.
The CESSDA Roadshow that took place on 14 October shared insights into the treasure trove of datasets in the CESSDA Data Catalogue® for social science research on migration. Service providers and researchers gave practical tips on using the CESSDA Data Management Expert Guide®, especially when dealing with such highly sensitive data. Interactive discussions with panellists and opportunities for participants to share their viewpoints were key features of the Roadshow, featuring speakers like Dimitri Prandner (Johannes Kepler University) Meredith Winn (SciencesPo) and Peter Cerce (ZRS Kope), that provided insights about their research on migration.
The focus of the Roadshow was to talk participants through the wonderful world of data, giving practical tips and sharing first-hand experiences with researcher and service provider viewpoints. The overall goal was to show how data and human resources combine to help the societies we live in become more inclusive so they can thrive on diversity.
CESSDA Data Catalogue™ - A trusted data repository:
The CESSDA DC™ has over 3000 datasets on migration and minorities, searchable and documented in 14 European languages with rich metadata that facilitates cross-disciplinary research all from a single access point.
Dimitra Kondyli: Service Provider Viewpoints:
The DC™ ensures that quality data is more accessible and usable by a wide range of users, academic, non-academic, policy makers, not just in Europe but all over the world. In this Roadshow, I will be highlighting datasets on migration and explaining how researchers can benefit from using and re-using them.
Ami Saji, SciencesPo and Dimitri Prandner, Johnnes Kepler University: Researcher Viewpoints:
The CESSDA DC and EMM (Ethnic and Migrant Minority) Survey Registry are both free online services that offer detailed and structured information (i.e. metadata) about existing social sciences research. These services are particularly well-positioned to serve as access points to reliable and high quality research pertinent to addressing real world challenges.
During the CESSDA™ Roadshow on Migration, Ami Saji illustrated how service providers and researchers are working together to make social sciences research, including those focused on migration, easier to find, access, and re-use. The objective of the event was also to inspire new partnerships to further efforts to untap the full potential of migration data. From there, Dimitri Prandner highlighted the impacts of CESSDA and the EMM Registry in terms of valuable insights from a researcher perspective and how students can truly benefit from understanding what a good dataset is and how to discover data.
CESSDA™ Podcast on Migration and Mobility:
This CESSDA™ podcast zooms in on how the CESSDA Data Catalogue (CESSDA DC™) is shaping research on migration and minorities with viewpoints from Dr Dimitra Kondyli, Research Director at the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) in Greece and Ami Saji, junior researcher at the Centre of European and Comparative Politics at SciencePo in France.
CESSDA DMEG™ User Story from the MiCreate Project:
Peter Čerče, Data Officer in the EU-funded project on Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe (MiCreate), shares his experiences on using the CESSDA™ Data Management Expert Guide when defining a Data Management Plan that needs to deal with very sensitive information and diverse ethical challenges across multiple countries.
Perspectives on Migration from the HumMingBird Project:
HumMingBird is another European project dealing with sensitive data, aimed at understanding changing migration flows and their drivers. Its 2021 policy brief sheds light on persistent migration data gaps that hinder effective policymaking, emphasising the importance of approaches that combine both quantitative and qualitative data. Gender gaps in migration are a major challenge, such as often overlooked needs and health of female migrants, leaving them without access to basic services.
Find out more here.