The central purpose of the i.Map is to drive evidence-based policymaking by more clearly presenting relevant and accurate data and information to policymakers, media actors, the private sector, international and non-governmental organisations (I/NGOs), as well as other migration actors who together influence the discourse around migration in the Mediterranean region. With a specific focus on this region, the i.Map is also available in Arabic and French.
Currently an activity under the EUROMED Migration IV (EMM4), a programme implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and funded by the European Union (EU), the i.Map aims to cater to the different and specific needs of migration practitioners by focusing on the following areas identified as priorities under the EMM4 programme: the Knowledge Hub, the Media Hub, the Technology Hub, and the Urban Hub. As the i.Map continues to grow, it will look to including other important thematic areas of migration such as education or development.
Brief History of the i.Map
At the end of 2006, ICMPD, Europol and Frontex developed an interactive digital portal on migration at the service of Mediterranean Transit Migration (MTM) partner countries for the purpose of exchanging information on the migratory situation in the Mediterranean and supporting the development and implementation of cooperation initiatives.
During the first 10 years of implementation, the i.Map expanded its geographical coverage to encompass other migration dialogues such as the Budapest Process, Prague Process and Rabat Process. Building on this history, in 2016 the i.Map was incorporated under EMM4 framework with the aim to reposition the tool as an honest broker of information, providing migration data and information at local, national and regional level, with a renewed focus on the Mediterranean region.
The i.Map’s decade of success is largely due to its collaborative approach in creating synergies with other initiatives in this field, its adaptability to cater to the needs of different actors in migration, and its user-friendly approach to visually displaying migration data. Under the EMM4, the i.Map is maintaining this approach, and emphasise the importance of user feedback as it continues to adapt to the ever-changing migration phenomenon.