Studying Second-Generation Immigrants: Methodological Challenges and Innovative Solutions
Douglas D. Heckathorn
October 1, 2006
To study the second generation, researchers need both demographic information and information that can only be learned through surveys and interviews. Douglas D. Heckathorn of Cornell University provides an overview of Census Bureau data and a relatively new methodology useful for immigrant research.
International Migration in Africa: An Analysis Based on Estimates of the Migrant Stock
United Nations DESA/Population Division
September 1, 2004
Hania Zlotnik of the UN Population Division focuses on the challenges of analyzing data on migration in Africa.
Building a Gender and Age-Sensitive Approach to Refugee Protection
March 1, 2003
Women and children constitute almost 70 percent of those under UNHCR's care. Bela Hovy of UNHCR's Population Data Unit explores what steps are needed to tailor services for women, children and other refugees with special needs.
The Global Dimensions of Female Migration
March 1, 2003
Contrary to popular belief, women have been active migrants for more than forty years. Hania Zlotnik of the UN Population Division discusses new UN data and the growth of female migration.
The New Immigrant Survey in the US:
The Experience over Time
Guillermina Jasso, Douglas S. Massey,
Mark R. Rosenzweig, and James P. Smith
January 1, 2003
Large gaps exist in the social science and public policy research on immigration.
Guillermina Jasso of New York University, Douglas S. Massey of the University of
Pennsylvania, Mark R. Rosenzweig of Harvard University, and James P. Smith of RAND
take an in-depth look at the New Immigrant Survey, which aims to bridge the chasm
between information needs and existing data.
Data Sources on the Foreign Born and International Migration at the US Census Bureau
January 1, 2003
This article maps out the key features of three of the primary US Census Bureau
data resources used to research immigration: the census itself, the American
Community Survey, and the Current Population Survey.
Human Trafficking: The Need for Better Data
International Organization for Migration
November 1, 2002
Fighting criminals who traffick in people and protecting those who fall prey
to their networks depends on securing better data. Frank Laczko, Chief of
Research and Publications at the International Organization for Migration,
examines progress and shortcomings in the field.
Statistics on Forced Migration
September 1, 2002
Can international migration data be improved? Bela Hovy, Head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s Population Data Unit, shares lessons from the field of forced migration.
Defining 'Foreign Born' and 'Foreigner' in International Migration Statistics
Migration Policy Institute
July 1, 2002
The concepts of 'foreign born' and 'foreigner' initially appear identical. However, in an international context, they are used to categorize people in fundamentally different ways. Elizabeth Grieco, MPI Data Manager, explains how these concepts can reflect alternative views of citizenship and discusses what this means for data comparability.