Since its establishing in 2009, the Prague Process has engaged in gathering and sharing various data on migration and asylum through its Knowledge base, mainly by supporting the Prague Process states in the elaboration of their Migration Profiles (Light). During the 3rd Ministerial Conference in 2016, the participating states agreed to establish the Prague Process Migration Observatory in order to further enhance information sharing among the Parties and better inform policy makers and experts from the migration authorities in their decisions.
The Migration Observatory shall:
- Establish a network of state and academic experts and researchers from the region;
- Undertake systematic and ad hoc analyses of important migration policy developments at regional and national level, addressing contemporary migration challenges;
- Feed into the discussion of the key migration challenges among Senior Officials of the Prague Process states, informing their policy decisions;
- Provide state representatives from the region with an opportunity to exchange in a series of meetings, workshops, study visits and expert missions;
- Offer internship opportunities for junior staff and students from relevant disciplines;
- Complement the capacity building activities of the Prague Process Training Academy.
The Migration Observatory aims to provide impartial, evidence-based analysis from across the Prague Process region and in line with the six thematic areas set out by the Prague Process Action Plan. The novelty of the Migration Observatory approach consists in the engagement of academic researchers, along with the state experts traditionally involved in the intergovernmental process, who have direct access to national data sources. The close cooperation and direct exchange between the academic and the state experts shall benefit both sides.
The Migration Observatory also provides a platform to share the established Migration Profiles, thereby contributing to their overall visibility and widest possible dissemination among the Parties.
At the first stage, the selected experts will be tasked with the elaboration of both short policy briefs and more comprehensive analytical reports. These outputs are primarily designed for policy makers across the region, as well as state specialists, the scientific community and wider public. Apart from informing on recent migration policy developments, the produced outputs shall also assess their impact and outline concrete lessons learned, policy recommendations and possible future trends in a brief and concise form. The specific topics addressed by the Migration Observatory will be identified in consultation with the national migration authorities and the involved non-state experts. The publications produced shall be relevant for further dissemination among the 50 participating states.
The Migration Observatory further foresees the production of:
- National factsheets, providing a concise overview on the national migration situation and responsible bodies;
- Infographics visualising interesting trends across the region;
- Migration flow analyses providing up-to-date data in a comprehensive and accessible format;
- An interactive online map displaying the key findings;
- A series of brief, informative expert interviews in video format.
Finally, the Migration Observatory shall serve the dissemination of relevant outputs produced in other ICMPD projects.