Migration Strategy Group on International Cooperation and Development (MSG) (ed.)

Michael Kolain

Self-Sovereign Identities for People on the Move—A New Approach to Public Sector Authentication?

DoT.Mig In Brief paper series

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The bedrock of any migration and mobility management is that public authorities have reliable identification documents for the person wanting or needing to move across borders. But, the lack of valid and full documentation about a person’s identity and past life is a wellknown obstacle in the fields of humanitarian and labor migration. 

A possible solution for this could be using “selfsovereign identities” (SSI), a new paradigm for identity management in the digital world which can potentially empower people on the move and provide them with more control and transparency regarding the processing of personal data.

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