Bela Hovy, Chief of Migration, UN, on Migration Data 
October 4, 2013

 Our first Hangout was with Bela Hovy, Chief of MIgration at the United Nations.  Topics that we discussed included findings in the latest UN report on migration, trends in migration from and to Mexico. Dr. Holvy also offered Datafest participants some challenges: 
  • What we see in destination countries, especially during the times of economic hardship, is a very negative perception of immigrants. So, the question is whether technology can portray a more accurate picture of the contributions of migrants to the countries destination, both economically and socially. 
  • Whether people who work in technology can assist in countries of origin  with analysis of data sources. Developing countries put their scarce resources into collecting population and then the Census bureaus lack funding to analyze and make use of data.