Regional Migration Data Exchange Platform Changes Hands

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The head of IOM in North Macedonia, Sonja Bozinovska Petrushevska and MARRI (Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative) Regional Centre Director Sashko Kocev this week signed an Agreement on the Regional Migration Data Exchange Platform, developed by IOM, with EU funds. The agreement transfers ownership of the Platform hasd to MARRI, with initial IOM funding to cover the hosting and maintenance costs for the upcoming two years.

“This Donation Agreement represents support for MARRI RC as a provider of reliable migration-related services. The  Platform allows the exchange of comprehensive, official and regular migration statistics and it will contribute to enhanced migration governance and management in the Western Balkans by producing analyses which will facilitate evidence-based policy making and cooperation”, said Bozinovska Petrushevska.

“As strategic partner of IOM, MARRI welcomes the capacity-building interventions. We need comparable migration statistics to be able to point the gaps and tailor our upcoming activities”, said MARRI RC Director Mr Sashko Kocev.

The WB – MIDEX Platform is a custom-made software solution for exchanging non-personal migration data through common templates. It has been developed by IOM with a view to ensure harmonisation with Regulation (EC) 862/2007 on Community Statistics on Migration and International Protection. The Platform allows secure data import and has an option for public data viewing and export in different downloadable formats.

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