Caribbean countries face common challenges related to limited data collection, management and analysis. They share several capacity limitations in the systematic collection of migration data, as well as in the regular use of readily available information for better understanding of migration trends and for designing evidence-based migration policies. Government officials have expressed that the majority of these constraints are related to the lack of technical resources, human capacity, and funding.
Such deficits in available information may be partially attributable to insufficient census data on migrants and the difficulty of coordinating between government agencies, but progress will depend on increasing capacity building efforts in data collection. Efforts under this thematic area will build on the ongoing work of the CMC members.