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Strengthening evidence-informed policymaking on migration

Political decision-makers often rely on scientific evidence and expert knowledge as one of many inputs to make choices that align with their policy goals. However, given the increasing complexity of policy issues, time pressure, public expectations and institutional constraints, as well as the breadth of research and data available on migration now, identifying what is reliable knowledge is challenging.
Strengthening evidence- informed policymaking  on migration

Key Messages

  • The process of actively engaging with and creating spaces for reflecting on scientific evidence should be routinely incorporated in the policymaking process.
  • For researchers, it is not enough to bring evidence to policymakers. It is also important to present evidence in a contextualised, structured and understandable way addressing a particular question.
  • Impact assessments and option appraisals are important instruments to bring evidence and research to policy circles, and their use should be further promoted.


Additional Information

Authors of Original Article


Bijak, J., Fähnrich, B., Leboeuf, L. and Vono de Vilhena, D. (2021). Strengthening evidence informed policymaking on migration. Population & Policy Compact 32, Berlin: Max Planck Society/Population Europe.