The Hague-IOM The Hague’s New Year’s Reception on 1 February was well attended by representatives from Embassies, Consulates and the Dutch government. The guests were informed about IOM’s global Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) - a system to track and monitor displacement and population mobility. It is designed to regularly and systematically collect, process and disseminate information to gain insight in the movements and needs of displaced populations, on site and en route.
Global DTM Project Coordinator Vivianne van der Vorst explained DTM monitors trends and dynamics in populations, needs and flows. By collecting data and generating regular analyses, DTM provides critical information to decision-makers and respondents to a crisis.
DTM has proven to be highly effective as a preparedness tool in medium to large-scale humanitarian response operations.
At the request of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix was used in 2017 to get a better understanding of the root causes of irregular migration to Europe, and to the Netherlands in particular.
In view of DTM, IOM has expanded its cooperation with the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and other partners.