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  • 'Brain Drain' Debate in the United Kingdom, c.1950-1970
    Qualitative project. Sought to provide an analysis of the 'brain drain' debate of the 1950s and 1960s as a social phenomenon. The term 'brain drain' was adopted in the 1960s in the context of concerns the United Kingdom was losing skilled scientific and engineering personnel to other countries. Although the term is used in a variety of academic, policy and popular discussions about the international mobility of scientists, this project sought to rectify the absence of scholarly literature analyzing the original 'brain drain' debate. Comprised of 19 oral history interviews with scientists and engineers who emigrated to the United States or Canada in the 1950s or 1960s as well as British policymakers involved in any way in the 'brain drain' debate at this time. Also included is the transcript of a 'witness seminar' that brought officials and former emigres together to discuss their recollections. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • 2001 Chilean Social Mobility Survey
    Examined inter-generational and intra-generational mobility in Chile. Contains information on adult Chilean men's education, migration, current job, first job, social origins (parents' education, occupation, assets and living standards when the respondent was 14 years old), wife/partner, inter-generational transfers, household income and assets, respondent's siblings and focal brother, and respondent's opinions about inequality and determinants of economic well-being. Demographic variables include sex, age, education level, and socio-economic status.

  • Afghan Women's Resistance and Struggle in Afghanistan and Diasporic Communities, 2004-2005
    Aimed to develop a better understanding of Afghan women's resistance to war and violent conflicts; their engagement with multiple worlds as refugees or living in exile, their struggle for survival and/or their acquisition of new knowledge and power. Investigated the vast diversity (class, age, ethnicity, religion) of women's experiences in the process of historical changes (in times of war and conflict, in exile and in times of peace making) and the different ways they emerge as autonomous agents and construct their identities, in culturally specific circumstances. Assessed the gendered nature of social exclusion, and the importance of women's inclusion in the processes of reconstruction and peace making. Semi-structured interviews were used to study Afghan women (and some men) in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, UK and USA. Respondents were chosen to represent a sample of diverse groups (students, teachers, non-Governmental Organisation workers, United Nations workers, journalists, women and men in refugee camps) according to their religiosity, ethnicity, age, marital status, fertility rate, class, citizenship status, employment status and political, social and cultural activities. Detailed demographic information about each respondent is recorded in the data listing. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Attitudes in Russia to Social and Political Aspects of Human Trafficking, 2007
    Collected representative data across Russian regions on attitudes to human trafficking. Since the collapse of the Soviet state, thousands of Russian citizens have been trafficked out of the country as exploited labour, sex slaves, domestic labour, and beggars. Explored beliefs concerning the origins, nature and extent of human trafficking, and attitudes on what the Russian government should do to address the problem. Captured attitudes on how the state should aid the trafficked and the perceived efficacy of different institutions in dealing with trafficking. It also sought responses on how families should help or not help the trafficked; beliefs on the place of a woman in society, and attitudes towards prostitution.

  • Attitudes of Spaniards towards Immigration (1991-2007)
    Includes 18 surveys with a national sample of about 1,200 persons 18 years and over, representative of the Spanish population, and with a questionnaire on Attitudes of Spaniards towards Immigrants that has hardly varied from one year to the next. Summary data is available in an easy to use format.

  • British Columbia Immigrant Landings by Source and Class, 2005-2013
    Immigrants to British Columbia by country of origin and immigrant class. All Canadian immigration applications and approvals by country of origin, province of destination and immigration category from 2002 to June 2013.

  • British Migrants in Spain: the Extent and Nature of Social Integration, 2003-2005
    The objectives of this study were to: systematically explore the extent of social integration of European (especially British) migrants in Spain; explore in depth, using qualitative interviews, the nature of social integration; and gain an understanding, using case studies, of the role of town councils in aiding or impeding integration. Main topics include: social and economic integration; political integration; reasons for migration; language difficulties; schooling; work situation; health and fitness; official registration. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS)
    Designed to study the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation which is defined broadly as U.S.-born children with at least one foreign-born parent or children born abroad but brought at an early age to the United States.

  • Class and Ethnicity: Polish Migrant Workers in London, 1996-2006
    Examines recent Polish migrations to London and the socio-cultural consequences for Poland and the UK as well as individual narratives about ethnicity, class, migration and multicultural Britain. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Comparative Immigrant Entrepreneurship Project (CIEP)
    Survey of over 1,200 Colombian, Dominican, and Salvadoran family heads is the first to explicitly measure the extent of economic, political, and socio-cultural transnationalism among immigrants and to develop predictive models of these activities.

  • Comparative Immigrant Organization Project (CIOP)
    This survey of 89 Colombian, Dominican, and Mexican organization leaders and additional interviews with community activists and government officials is part of a larger study of the organizations constructed by Latin American immigrants in the United States and their impact on the political incorporation of these immigrants to American society. This specific dataset was designed to give us greater understanding of the forces creating and sustaining these organizations and to test several preliminary hypotheses about the effects of contexts of exit and modes of incorporation in receiving countries on the character of immigrant transnationalism. Accordingly, there are detailed measures of the extent of economic, political, and socio-cultural transnationalism and characteristics of both the organizations and their members.

  • County-to-County Migration Flows
    The American Community Survey (ACS) and the Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS) ask respondents age 1 year and over whether they lived in the same residence 1 year ago. For people who lived in a different residence, the location of their previous residence is collected. ACS uses a series of monthly samples to produce estimates. Estimates for geographies of population 65,000 or greater are published annually using these monthly samples. Three years of monthly samples are needed to publish estimates for geographies of 20,000 or greater and 5 years for smaller geographies. The 5-year dataset is used for the county-to-county migration flows since many counties have a population less than 20,000. The first 5-year ACS dataset covers the years 2005-2009. In addition to the county-to-county flow files, there are similar files that substitute minor civil divisions (mcd), in place of counties, for states where they serve as general-purpose local governments. These states are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Also see State-to-State migration (1989-2008) and County-to-County migration (1991-2008) as well as Census of population and housing (1990) County-to-county migration flow files, special project 312 (SP312).

  • Cuban and Mexican Immigrants in the U.S.
    The aim of this longitudinal study, based on data on Cuban and Mexican immigrants to the USA collected in 1973-74, was to map the process of immigrant adaptation and incorporation into the labor market.

  • Current Population Survey (CPS) (1962+)
    Monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A detailed demographic supplement is conducted annually in March, and supplements on other topics, including computer use and school enrollment, are also conducted regularly. Listings documenting the occurrence of current population survey supplements by topic and month are available. Questionnaires and codebooks are available at the Census Bureau site. For comparisons of CPS, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, see the comparison chart. See the Current Population Reports series for summary reports and methodological papers. While geography is at the state, county, or metropolitan statistical area level, one should use with caution for detailed geography due to the sample size.

  • Displaced New Orleans Residents Pilot Study (DNORPS)
    Designed to examine the current location, well-being, and plans of people who lived in the city of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005. Based on a representative sample of pre-Katrina dwellings in New Orleans. Fieldwork focused on tracking respondents wherever they currently resided, including back to New Orleans. The pilot study was fielded in the fall of 2006. The goal was to assess the feasibility of the study design and thereby to lay the groundwork for launching a major longitudinal study of displaced New Orleans residents. The follow up is The Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey (DNORS).

  • Do Human Rights Treaties Help Asylum-Seekers: Findings from the U.K.
    Mixed-method empirical study of the impact of human rights treaties on asylum jurisprudence and practice in the United Kingdom from 1991 to 2012. Codes references to core human rights treaties in published decisions by U.K. courts and administrative tribunals according to whether the treaty helped or did not help the asylum applicant obtain protection from persecution. It also codes the responses of 51 U.K. refugee lawyers who were interviewed about the effectiveness of human rights treaties in U.K. asylum law.

  • Dynamics of Household Land Use and Economic Welfare on the Amazon Frontier, 1996-2005, Rondonia, Brazil
    Examines household land use and economic welfare in the Amazon basin, through the collection of a third round of panel data with improved spatial referencing and a new system for tracking households and individuals. The study area is typical of the arc of deforestation across the southern Brazilian Amazon. Data from this study were used to model the relationship between deforestation and household well-being, thereby gaining insight on welfare outcomes that also have implications for conservation policies. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with the residents of the Ouro Preto do Oeste region of the Brazilian state of Rondonia. Demographic questions focused on: education, age, household size, migration and place of birth of the residents. Other questions focused on the ownership of the lots, years of residency on the lots, household income sources, household wealth and assets, as well as household cost of living.

  • Egypt Integrated Household Survey, 1997-1999
    The 1997 questionnaire was administered to 2,500 households from 20 governorates using a two-stage, stratified selection process from March through May, 1997. Topics include household information, housing characteristics, access to facilities, migration, subsidized food expenses, all food expenses, non-food expenses, health, anthropometrics, maternity history, childcare, wage employment, farming, livestock ownership, non-farm enterprises, credit and savings, remittances and transfers, and other income. In addition to the household level data, data were collected on the overall characteristics of the community/villages containing the surveyed households. The EIHS 1999 survey was conducted on a sub-sample (348 households) of the EIHS 1997. The EIHS 1999 household questionnaire consists of the following sections or topics: household Information, housing characteristics, Income Sources, food expenses, non-food expenses, farming, livestock ownership, non-farm enterprises, non-farming assets, and other income sources, and subsidized food expenses.

  • Encuesta de Hogares 2005
    Bolivia Household Survey 2005. Includes household demographics, migration, education, employment, income, expenditures, and housing; however, modules from prior years on health and social programs were not included in this year. The sample size was 4,260 households.

  • Encuesta Migracion, Fecundidad y Familia
    Argentina Survey on Migration, Fertility, and Family 2011. The population covered by this survey was women ages 18-49 who migrated from Bolivia, Paraguay, or Peru to Argentina. The 653 women who participated in the survey answered questions on the topics of marital status, education, contraceptive use, fertility, employment, health care, and their relationship with their home country and family members still residing there. The women were surveyed during the process of obtaining immigrant identification from the Directorate of Immigration in Buenos Aires. Tabulations only.

  • Encuesta Permanente de Hogares (2003+)
    Argentina Permanent Household Survey. In 2003, data collection for Argentina household surveys was changed from periodic (May and October) to continuous, and the questionnaire was redesigned to capture more accurate data on the labor market. At the start of continuous data collection, approximately 13,000 households were surveyed per quarter. In the third quarter of 2006, 3 new urban areas were added to the survey, and the sample was expanded in areas of 500,000 or fewer inhabitants, increasing the average number of participating households to around 18,000. Households in each participating area were assigned to one of 12 weeks in the quarter. Households were surveyed for two consecutive quarters. They were then removed for 2 consecutive quarters and returned to the survey for two more quarters, so that a household was followed over a year and a half. Data were gathered on employment, income, migration, education, housing, and demographics.

  • Encuesta sobre Migracion en la Frontera Norte y Sur de Mexico
    Includes 2 databases: (1) provides elements based on direct and reliable information on the dynamic analysis, the magnitude and characteristics of migration of Mexican workers to the United States and (2) measures and characterizes migration from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, moving into Mexico and / or America, for the purpose of working in these countries. Free registration is required.

  • ESRU Social Mobility Survey in Mexico, 2006
    First nationally representative, fully probabilistic survey of inter-generational social mobility in Mexico. The main objective of the ESRU SMSM is to describe and analyze inter-generational socioeconomic mobility in Mexican society. The SMSM is a stratified multistage sample of 7,288 men and women aged 25-64 and living in private residences in Mexico. Collects information on the socioeconomic standing of the respondent and his/her spouse or partner, including education, occupation, income, assets, and wealth. Also includes information on the socioeconomic standing of the respondent's and his/her spouse/partner's parents and conditions when they were growing up. Additional topics include: international and domestic migration, health, occupational trajectory, opinions, and attitudes.

  • Estimating Human Trafficking into the United States [Phase I: Development of a Methodology]
    Developed and fully documented a method to estimate the number of females and males trafficked for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation from 8 countries (Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela) into the United States at the Southwest border. The model utilizes only open source data.

  • Ethiopian Rural Household Survey Dataset, 1989-2009 (ERHS)
    Longitudinal household data set covering households in a number of villages in rural Ethiopia. Data collection started in 1989, when a team visited 6 farming villages in Central and Southern Ethiopia. In 1989, IFPRI conducted a survey in 7 Peasant Associations located in the regions Amhara, Oromiya and the Southern Ethiopian People's Association (SNNPR). Civil conflict prevented survey work from being undertaken in Tigray. Under extremely difficult field conditions, household data were collected in order to study the response of households to food crises. The study collected consumption, asset and income data on about 450 households. In 1994, the survey was expanded to cover 15 villages across the country. An additional round was conducted in late 1994, with further rounds in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2004, and 2009. In addition, 9 new villages were selected giving a sample of 1477 households. The 9 additional communities were selected to account for the diversity in the farming systems in the country, including the grain-plough areas of the Northern and Central highlands, the enset-growing areas and the sorghum-hoe areas. Topics addressed in the survey include household characteristics, agriculture and livestock information, food consumption, health, women's activities, as well as community level data on electricity and water, sewage and toilet facilities, health services, education, NGO activity, migration, wages, and production and marketing.

  • Eurostat International Migration and Asylum Database

  • Finnish Social Science Data Archive
    Contains microdata on many topics regarding Finland including children and families, elections, immigration, foreigners, racism, religion, social capital, sports, the media, the internet, and youth. Also includes select data on Russia. Researchers must request the data through the archive.

  • Forcibly Displaced Populations, 1964-2008
    World Refugee Survey series, annual, cross-national, time-series data: numbers of "source" and "host" refugees and internally displaced persons,

  • Global Bilateral Migration Database
    Global matrices of bilateral migrant stocks spanning the period 1960-2000, disaggregated by gender and based primarily on the foreign-born concept are presented. Over one thousand census and population register records are combined to construct decennial matrices corresponding to the last 5 completed census rounds.

  • Haiti Enquete sur les Conditions de Vie en Haiti 2001
    Haiti Living Condition Survey 2001. Three questionnaires were used to collect data for the ECVH. The Housing Questionnaire covered housing demographics, migration, education, health, the labor force, the household economy, agriculture, and the environment. Each woman aged 14 and over and each person responsible for a child was given the Woman and Child Questionnaire on reproductive care, pre-and postnatal care, contraception, child support, disease in children, and anthropometry. A third questionnaire given to random members of the population age 15 or older contained questions on migration, working conditions and training, education, health, family planning, family attitudes and social life, satisfaction with the social and political situation and domestic violence.

  • Identities in Transition: a Longitudinal Study of Immigrant Children, 2004-2006
    Longitudinal study that investigates how the immigration process impacts on young children's identities, and the consequence for their well-being and social acceptance. The study specifically focused on British Asian and White English children aged 6-8 and 9-11 years, who were 1st generation immigrants (N=40), 2nd generation immigrants (N =178 ) and white English (N =180 ). This research aimed to further our understanding of social developmental processes involved in the acculturation of young immigrant children and consisted of a 12 month longitudinal study, with 3 testing points at 6 month intervals. This allowed us to track identity and acculturation changes developmentally. It also allowed us to examine causal relationships between variables. Both qualitative and quantitative interview techniques were used. Children completed quantitative measures of ethnic and English identification, acculturation strategy, perceived acculturation strategy of the ethnic out-group and experience of racist discrimination. The relationship between these variables and reported ethnic in- and out-group friends, in-group bias, peer acceptance and self-esteem were also examined using quantitative techniques. Two qualitative studies were also conducted, the first examining Social Capital (N=32) and the second examining Social Capital and acculturation in refugee children (N=8). This research informs our theoretical understanding of children's social development, and their attachment to their ethnic groups, and also social policy concerned with improving the integration of immigrant children into schools.

  • Immigrant Identity Project (IIP)
    The Project Transnational Identities and behavior: an Ethnographic Comparison of First and Second Generation Latino Immigrants was realized under the direction of Douglas Massey and Magaly Sanchez R with funding from the Russell Sage Foundation (May 2002). The study, known in abbreviated form as the Immigrant Identity Project, was organized as a sub-project of two larger investigations: the Mexican Migration Project and the Latin American Migration Project. The project sought to conduct in-depth interviews with immigrants residing in the northeastern United States , and was originally conceived to analyze whether the construction of immigrant identity conformed to the postulates of classic assimilation theory, segmented assimilation theory, or transnational theory, and to assess whether intergroup boundaries were being blurred or brightened. The project design called for recruiting a quota sample of first and second generation immigrants in the urban corridor that stretches from New York City through New Jersey to Philadelphia. Although New York and its suburbs in northern New Jersey are traditional immigrant gateways of long standing, Philadelphia and its suburbs in southern New Jersey only recently began to receive significant migration from Mexico, Central, and South America. Our sampling quotas were defined by the cross-classification of location (Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York), origin (Caribbean, Mexican, Central American, South American), and generation (first or second), yielding a 3x4x2 social space of 24 cells. Within each cell we sought to compile ten interviews roughly balanced between males and females, for a target of 240 interviews. We recruited young immigrants between the ages of 13 and 35 years, though we did not exclude those who fell outside these bounds.

  • Immigrants Admitted to the United States (1972-2000)
    Developed by the United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service. Annual data are furnished on 2 types of immigrants who were granted legal permanent residence in the United States: new arrivals and adjustments. Variables include port of entry, month and year of admission, class of admission, and state and area to which the immigrants were admitted. Demographic information such as age, sex, marital status, occupation, country of birth, country of last permanent residence, and nationality is also provided.

  • Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles (IIMMLA), 2004
    Focused on young adult children of immigrants (1.5- and second-generation) in greater Los Angeles. Investigated mobility among young adult (ages 20-39) children of immigrants in metropolitan Los Angeles and, in the case of the Mexican-origin population there, among young adult members of the 3rd- or later generations. The 5-county Los Angeles metropolitan area (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties) contains the largest concentrations of Mexicans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Filipinos, Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, and other nationalities in the United States. Compared 6 foreign-born (1.5-generation) and foreign-parentage (second-generation) groups (Mexicans, Vietnamese, Filipinos, Koreans, Chinese, and Central Americans from Guatemala and El Salvador) with 3 native-born and native-parentage comparison groups (3rd- or later-generation Mexican Americans, and non-Hispanic Whites and Blacks). The targeted groups represent both the diversity of modes of incorporation in the United States and the range of occupational backgrounds and immigration status among contemporary immigrants (from professionals and entrepreneurs to laborers, refugees, and unauthorized migrants). Provides basic demographic information as well as extensive data about socio-cultural orientation and mobility (e.g., language use, ethnic identity, religion, remittances, intermarriage, experiences of discrimination), economic mobility (e.g., parents' background, respondents' education, first and current job, wealth and income, encounters with the law), geographic mobility (childhood and present neighborhood of residence), and civic engagement and politics (political attitudes, voting behavior, as well as naturalization and transnational ties).

  • Immigration Policy: 1783-2010 [Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States]
    Measures the restrictiveness of immigration policy for low-skill immigration in the 19 listed countries from the 19th century through to today. The measure is comparable across countries and across time. In addition, the sub-measures used to create the immigration policy variables are included as well.

  • Indigenous Peoples and Afro-descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean Data bank - PIAALC
    Contains different subsystems of information that were created on the basis of several projects developed by the Division in recent years. Includes statistics on population, education, health, labor, and migration.

  • International Migration Flows to and from Selected Countries
    Time series data on the flows of international migrants in select countries. Earliest data is 1970. Users should be aware of the problems of comparability underlying existing statistics. DSS has stored the 2005, 2008, and 2015 revisions. For the 2011, 2012, and 2013 revision see the UN site.

  • International Migration Statistics

  • IPUMS - Migration Records
    Some IPUMS samples include separate data files documenting migration events in the period prior to the census. These data do not fit within the data structure of the IPUMS extracts, because they can include multiple observations per household or per woman. Researchers must download the files and link them to data from the IPUMS extract system.

    Migration samples are currently available for Brazil (2010), Ecuador (2001, 2010), El Salvador (2007), Malawi (2008), Mexico (2000, 2010), Nepal (2001), Saint Lucia (1991), and Senegal (2002).

    Several IPUMS samples have comparable data organized as a series of variables on the household record. These unharmonized variables can be accessed through the data extract system: Migration - Jamaica (1991), Panama (1990, 2000, 2010). Registration is required.

  • IPUMS-International Census Data
    Project dedicated to collecting and distributing census data from around the world. Samples are currently available for Argentina (1970, 1980, 1991, 2001, 2010), Armenia (2001, 2011), Austria (1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011), Bangladesh (1991, 2001, 2011), Belarus (1999), Bolivia (1976, 1992, 2001), Brazil (1960, 1970, 1980, 1991, 2000, 2010), Burkina Faso (1985, 1996, 2006), Cambodia (1998, 2008), Cameroon (1976, 1987, 2005), Canada (1971, 1981, 1991, 2001), Chile (1960, 1970, 1982, 1992, 2002), China (1982, 1990), Colombia (1964, 1973, 1985, 1993, 2005), Costa Rica (1963, 1973, 1984, 2000, 2011), Cuba (2002), Dominican Republic (1960, 1970, 1981, 2002, 2010), Ecuador (1962, 1974, 1982, 1990, 2001, 2010), Egypt (1996, 2006), El Salvador (1992, 2007), Ethiopia [1984, 1994, 2007], Fiji (1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2007), France (1962, 1968, 1975, 1982, 1990, 1999, 2006, 2011), West Germany (1970, 1987), East Germany (1971, 1981) Ghana (1984, 2000, 2010), Greece (1971, 1981, 1991, 2001), Guinea (1983, 1996), Haiti (1971, 1982, 2003), Hungary (1970, 1980, 1990, 2001, India (1983, 1987, 1993, 1999, 2004 -- all employment surveys), Indonesia (1971, 1976, 1980, 1985, 1990, 2000, 2005, 2010), Iran (2006), Iraq (1997), Ireland (1971, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2006, 2011), Israel (1972, 1983, 1995), Italy (2001), Jamaica (1982, 1991, 2001), Jordan (2004), Kenya (1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009), Kyrgyz Republic (1999, 2009), Liberia (1974, 2008), Malawi (1987, 1998, 2008), Malaysia (1970, 1980, 1991, 2000), Mali (1987, 1998, 2009), Mexico (1960, 1970, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010), (Mongolia 1989, 2000), Morocco (1982, 1994, 2004), Mozambique [1997, 2007], Nepal (2001), Netherlands (1960, 1971, 2001), Nicaragua (1971, 1995, 2005), Nigeria (2006-2010), Pakistan (1973, 1981, 1998), Palestine (1997, 2007), Panama (1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010), Paraguay [1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002], Peru (1993, 2007), Philippines (1990, 1995, 2000), Portugal (1981, 1991, 2001, 2011), Puerto Rico (1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2005, 2010), Romania (1977, 1992, 2002), Rwanda (1991, 2002), Saint Lucia (1980, 1991), Senegal (1988, 2002), Sierra Leone (2004), Slovenia (2002), South Africa (1996, 2001, 2007, 2011), Spain (1981, 1991, 2001, 2011), South Sudan (2008), Sudan (2008), Switzerland (1970, 1980, 1990, 2000), Tanzania (1988, 2002), Thailand (1970, 1980, 1990, 2000), Turkey (1985, 1990, 2000), Uganda (1991, 2001), Ukraine (2001), United Kingdom (1991, 2001), United States (1850+), Uruguay (1963, 1975, 1985, 1996, 2006, 2011), Venezuela (1971, 1981, 1990, 2001), Vietnam (1989, 1999, 2009), Zambia (1990, 2000, 2010). Registration is required.

  • Kenya - Migration Household Survey 2009

  • Labor Migration and STI/HIV Risks in Armenia
    Assessed the scope, scale and, to a certain extent, the quality of the current interventions aiming at providing HIV prevention among labor migrants, examine the HIV/STI risks in urban and rural Armenia stemming from labor migration, assess the needs for prevention interventions, and produce recommendations for comprehensive, evidence-based, culturally-grounded, and cost-effective interventions to reduce these risks.

  • Labor Migration from Armenia and Returnees Survey
    Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) funded surveys on labor migration from Armenia and returnees. Includes data, documentation, and select reports for Sociological Survey on Labor Migration, Labor Migration from Armenia in 2005-2007, and Returnee Survey 2008. Includes data on remittances.

  • Longitudinal Study of Older People in Anhui Province, China, 2001-2003
    Examined the physical and psychological well-being of older adults (aged 60 and above) living in rural Anhui Province, China. The original purpose was to study the impact of rural-to-urban migration on the physical and psychological well-being of older adults left behind in rural villages by their adult children. Contains 2 parts; Part 1: 2001 Survey and Part 2: 2003 Follow-up Survey. Similar Questions were asked in the two surveys to assess intergenerational transfers and relations of the respondents, including social support, caregiving, emotional cohesion, remittances, grandchild care, and filial piety. Respondents were also asked about their health status (physical, emotional, and cognitive). Demographic information includes age, sex, marriage status, and education.

  • Longitudinal Study of the Second Generation in Spain (ILSEG)
    Public version of the ILSEG data (ILSEG is the Spanish acronym for Investigacion Longitudinal de la Segunda Generacion, Longitudinal Study of the Second Generation). Questions address the current situation and plans for the future of young Spaniards who are children of immigrants to Spain, who were living in Madrid and Barcelona and attending secondary school in 2007-2008. Represents the first attempt to conduct a large-scale study of the adaptation of children of immigrants to Spanish society over time. To that end, a large and statistically representative sample of children born to foreign parents in Spain or those brought at an early age to the country was identified and interviewed in metropolitan Madrid and Barcelona. In total, almost 7,000 children of immigrants attending basic secondary school in close to 200 educational centers in both cities took part in the study. Topics include basic demographics, national origins, Spanish language acquisition, foreign language knowledge and retention, parents' education and employment, respondents' education and aspirations, religion, household arrangements, life experiences, and attitudes about Spanish society. Demographic variables include age, sex, birth country, language proficiency (Spanish and Catalan), language spoken in the home, number of siblings, mother's and father's birth country, religion, national identity, parent's sex, parent's marital status, parent's birth year, and the year the parent arrived in Spain. Also see the ILSEG site.

  • Longitudinal Survey Data of Households in Ouro Preto do Oeste, Rondonia, Brazil, 1996-2009
    Updates Dynamics of Household Land Use and Economic Welfare on the Amazon Frontier, 1996-2005, Rondonia, Brazil, examines household land use and economic welfare of residents living in the highly deforested Amazon basin region of southern Brazil. This release represents the 4th round of data collection which includes primary data from household panel surveys in the core study area, combined with several other sources of data, including cadastral maps matched with satellite imagery to quantify land cover change, spatial data on biophysical factors, markets, and public infrastructure, and secondary data from official sources (such as agricultural census data). Interviews were conducted with respondents residing in the Ouro Preto do Oeste region of the Brazilian state of Rondonia. Survey questions focused on respondent ownership of land lots, years of residency on the lots, property sales, physical characteristics of lots and dwellings, types and quantity of livestock and crops, and use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Several questions asked respondents whether they owned various durables, including vehicles, household appliances, tools, and farm equipment. Demographic information includes age of respondent and other household occupants, household size, migration, and education level, as well as information on household income, assets, pensions, and cost of living.

  • Mali: Zone Lacustre Household Dataset, 1997-1998
    This case study took place in Niafunke in northern Mali where the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has an agricultural development project, the "Projet du Developpement de la Zone Lacustre". The site was selected in order to represent food security issues in West African semi-arid and arid environments as well as to represent a francophone country. 4 round survey of 275 households in 10 villages within the Zone Lacustre, collected in 1997 and 1998. In each survey round, men and women were interviewed separately. Each survey covered the household composition, migration, possessions, agricultural production, nonagricultural income, objective and subjective food consumption measures, and nonfood expenditures. Additional questions on poverty perception and nutritional knowledge, practices, and attitudes were asked in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round.

  • Market for Migrant Domestic and Sex Workers, 2002-2006
    Explored attitudes towards, and experience of, the markets for migrant domestic and sex workers in the Czech Republic, Hong Hong, Spain, Thailand, and the UK through a combination of interview and survey research. Interviews were structured around a standard set of topics, and examined respondents' attitudes towards gender, race/ethnicity, age, and domestic work/commercial sex. It aimed to examine continuities and discontinuities between domestic work and sex work, paying particular attention to the role of the social/cultural imagination in constructing a market for migrant workers and questions about how this demand relates to broader socially tolerated attitudes towards race, gender, age and sexuality, and to make a contribution to current theorizing on gender, nationality, global interdependence, age, racial/ethnic identities and the complex intersections among these systems. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Measuring Brain Drain by Gender 1990-2000

  • Mexican American People: A Generation Later
    In an original study conducted in 1965, Leo Grebler, Joan Moore, and Ralph Guzman surveyed Mexican Americans in San Antonio, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. The 1st survey provided a rich cross-sectional view of this population's demographics and attitudes, Ortiz and Telles' 35 year follow-up now allows for a longitudinal view of the behavior and ethnic identification of 1st- through 4th-generation Mexican Americans in these areas. The new survey was used to test hypotheses related to Mexican Americans' social mobility, their ethnic identity and behavior, their experiences with discrimination, and the relationship between socioeconomic status and ethnic identity. Data includes birth dates, citizenship information, education, income, housing, language, medical, religious affiliations, immediate and extended family demographic information, and self perception in regards to ethnicity.

  • Mexican Migration Project. (MMP) 1982+
    Main focus is to gather social as well as economic information on Mexican-US migration. Has 154 communities in 24 states. Each year, during the winter months (when seasonal migrants tend to return home), households in communities located throughout Mexico are randomly sampled. After gathering social, demographic, and economic information on the household and its members, interviewers collect basic immigration information on each person's first and last trip to the United States. From household heads and spouses, detailed year-by-year labor history and migration information is compiled; in addition, for household head migrants, a detailed series of questions about their last trip to the U.S. is administered, focusing on employment, earnings, and use of U.S. social services. Information on 24,701 Mexican households, 957 U.S. households, and individual-level data on 162,293 persons. Contains information on 8,252 household heads with migration experience to the U.S. and information on 51 household heads with Canadian migration experience.

  • Migration and Remittances Factbook

  • Migration and Skills
    Intends to provide quantitative data of labor migration for analysis and later cross comparison with datasets gathered from other test countries. Information obtained from this endeavor will help guide labor migration efforts in Armenia with the European Union, which other counties have begun to initiate over the past several years. The Migration Survey of 2011-2012 has given CRRC-Armenia an opportunity to continue building upon data collection which will assist with development of well rounded policy recommendations at all institutional levels directed towards issues within the field of labor migration. Full data collection survey, sample size 4000: with 2600-potential migrants and 1400-Return migrants (18-50 years old) in Yerevan and marzes. Includes remittances.

  • Migration Policy Institute. Immigration Data Hub.
    Access to the latest immigration statistics, maps, and numbers for the United States and other countries including where ethnic groups live, remittances, and the top global destinations for immigrants. Showcases the most current national and state-level demographic, social, and economic facts about immigrants to the US; as well as stock, flow, citizenship, net migration, and historical data for countries in Europe, North America, and Oceania. Track historical immigration trends, see which global cities have the the largest immigrant populations, and learn more about refugee and asylum patterns.

  • Migration, Nutrition and Ageing Across the Lifecourse in Bangladeshi Families: a Transnational Perspective, 2009-2012
    Older Bangladeshi women play a lead role in caretaking for multiple generations in large families, facing many challenges in coping with ageing, their own health challenges, and issues such as poverty, racism, and social exclusion. Very little is currently known about how eating patterns and migration affect the health, nutritional status and experiences of ageing among Bangladeshi women. This information is needed to inform the development of culturally sensitive and effective programs to improve the health of this socially disadvantaged group. The aim of this study is to closely examine migration, nutrition, and ageing across 2 generations of Bangladeshi women living in Cardiff, UK and in Bangladesh. Mixed methods will be used to assess body weight, bone density, general health status, and women's perceptions of nutrition, eating patterns, and ageing. Results will inform the development of community-based, participant-driven resources for promoting nutrition and healthy ageing. The overarching goal is to develop rich multimedia resources that enable presentation of the findings to the general public, academia, and Bangladeshi community members, and to assist health practitioners working with Bangladeshi communities. Engagement with policy makers is also planned to inform policy development to improve the health status of ageing Bangladeshi adults. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • National Migration Study (Thailand)
    You must apply directly to Sara Curran ( for access to this data. (Princeton University only)

  • National Sample Survey. Employment & Unemployment and Migration Particulars. India. Round 64 (2007-2008)

  • National Sample Survey. Housing Conditions. India. Rounds 49 (1993), 58 (2002), 65 (2008-2009), 69 (2012)
    1993 includes Migration. 2012 includes Drinking Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.

  • National Sample Survey. Migration & Ownership of Land (by Non-Tribal) in Tribal Areas. India. (Round 44 - 1988-1989)

  • National Survey of Latinos (2002, 2004+)
    Surveys among the Latino community with themes each year (immigration, politcs and civil participation, education). Many of the years are also available in Roper IPOLL.

    Sample Size: Nationally representative samples of Latino respondents ages 18 and older.

  • New Immigrant Survey (NIS)
    Nationally representative multi-cohort longitudinal study of new legal immigrants and their children to the United States based on nationally representative samples of the administrative records, compiled by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), pertaining to immigrants newly admitted to permanent residence.

  • Nigeria - Migration Household Survey 2009

  • OECD International Migration Statistics
    Includes immigration data by citizenship and age, detailed occupation, duration of stay, field of study, labor force status, occupation, sector, sex and age for flows into and out of OECD countries. OECD International Migration Statistics Macrodata source

  • Panel Data on International Migration 1975-2000
    This dataset, a product of the Trade Team - Development Research Group, is part of a larger effort in the group to measure the extent of the brain drain as part of the International Migration and Development Program. It measures international skilled migration for the years 1975-2000. The authors use data from 6 key receiving countries in the OECD: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and the US.

  • Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicilios (1973-1979, 1981-1990, 1992-1993, 1995-1999, 2001-2004, 2006-2009)
    National household sample survey for Brazil. Includes general characteristics of the population, migration, education, labor, income and fertility, as well as families and households. Also available directly from IBGE.

  • Polish Migrants in London: Social Networks, Transience and Settlement, 2004-2006
    Qualitative study. Examines Polish migration to London in the context of Poland joining the European Union. Consists of semi-structured interviews with key informants from the Polish community in London, Polish centres and church groups. There are also 3 focus groups conducted with recent Polish migrants to London. Recent Polish migration has been seen as transient, involving short periods of migration and frequent returns to the home country. Explores Polish migrants' attitudes to living in London, their expected duration of stay and their plans to return home. Analyzes how Poland's accession to the EU impacts on migrants' attitudes to settling in the UK. Also examines the social networks used by Polish migrants and how these networks provide information, practical support (e.g. jobs), as well as friendship, asking if these networks aid settlement or reinforce transience. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Politics and the Migrant Poor in Mexico City, 1970-1972
    Comparative study of male migrants and their city-born neighbors living in 6 relatively small, predominately low-income communities on the periphery of Mexico City. Dealt with a relatively small group of people in a limited number of localities at a particular point in time. The research addressed several broad theoretical and empirical problems such as the most important incentives and disincentives for political involvement, the effect a large group of people entering the political arena has on the functioning of the political system, how the individual citizen -- and especially the disadvantaged citizen -- can manipulate the political system to satisfy their needs, the process by which individuals form images of politics and the political system, the process by which individuals assume a role of participation or non-participation in political activity, what occurs at the "grass roots" of a nation's political system, and how political activity at that level affects system outputs. Attempted to place the low-income migrant in a social and political context, and focused on the nature and frequency of interactions between the research communities and external actors, especially political and government officials. Demographic variables include age, race, socio-economic status, marital status, dwelling unit type, and religious preference.

  • Population Registers of Sart, Belgium, 1811-1900

  • Post-Trafficking Livelihoods in Nepal: Women, Sexuality and Citizenship, 2010-2012
    The aims were to examine the intersections of sexuality, citizenship and pro-poor policy making for trafficked women upon their return to their home country of origin, Nepal. The aims of the project were: 1. To examine the role of sexuality and citizenship in livelihood strategies, focusing particularly on the experiences of diverse groups of returnee trafficked women as new democratic processes, supported by national and transnational communities, are unfolding in Nepal. 2. To generate new gendered understandings and research approaches to the relationship between citizenship, sexuality and pro-poor development. This objective involved analysing competing discourses and policies on sexuality, trafficking and emerging models of citizenship as they intersect with pro poor development in Nepal. 3. To examine the professionalisation of activist anti-trafficking networks and the impact of this on grassroots activists/local NGOs' ability to get sexual citizenship on transnational advocacy, donor and national pro-democracy agendas. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey
    Addressed respondents' views on immigration reform in America. Gauged views on the immigration system, levels of support for immigration reform policies, and perceptions of immigrants' influence on the economy and the job market. Additional questions focused on attitudes toward both illegal and legal immigrants, the moral implications of immigration, and Congress' ability to handle immigration reform during the economic downturn. Consists of a national sample as well as samples for Arkansas and Ohio.

  • Rural-Urban Migration in China and Indonesia project (2008+)
    Established to investigate the impacts of internal migration within China and Indonesia. In particular, the investigation is focused on the collection of data through five year longitudinal surveys in China and Indonesia and the use of these data to answer questions with relation to migration's impact on income mobility, poverty alleviation, education, health and nutrition of migrant children, and the assimilation of migrant workers into the city. A similar survey is being launched for Vietnam. Researchers must apply directly to the hosting centers.

  • Scottish Demography: Scottish Migration to, and Return from, South East England, 2005-2006
    Examined Scots living in England. Scots are one of the largest non-English born immigrant groups in the UK. While the attraction of Scotland to the English-born population is documented, less attention is given to why Scots continue to migrate to England (albeit in lower numbers) and how the employment and progression opportunities, especially in the South Eastern England labor market compare with opportunities in Scotland. This is important in the context of concern about Scotland's demographic regime and the significant reduction in numbers projected over the next 3 decades. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Senegal - Migration and Remittances Household Survey 2009

  • South Africa - Migration Household Survey 2009

  • State-to-State migration (1989-2008) and County-to-County migration (1991-2008)
    Based on the year-to-year changes in the addresses shown on the population of returns from the IRS Master File system. 1990-2013 is available on the IRS website. The data present migration patterns by state and county for the entire United States and each individual state and county, including inflows and outflows. Includes the following:
  • Number of returns (which approximates the number of households)
  • Number of personal exemptions (which approximates the population)
  • Total "adjusted gross income" (starting with Filing Year 1996)
  • Total money income (fstarting with Filing Year 1993)

  • Stratification and Mobility in a Latin American City: Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1960
    Surveyed 2 separate samples of Buenos Aires residents in 1960. Respondents in Sample A (Part 1), drawn from household members, were asked to provide details about their employment and information about their foreign background and arrival in Argentina if they were immigrants. The respondents' native language, their familiarity with it, and their feelings toward their native country were also assessed. Family heads, included in Sample B (Part 2), along with the questions asked of Sample A respondents, also answered questions about their leisure activities, their outlook on life, and attitudes toward people. Several variables traced the respondents' occupational patterns beginning at age 21 and continuing through the time of the interview. The respondents' fathers' and grandfathers' occupations were also ascertained. Derived measures evaluate the respondents' own occupational mobility as well as occupational change from one generation of their family to the next. Demographic information covers the respondents' age, gender, marital status, level of education, and income.

  • Study of Wife Abuse Among Vietnamese Immigrants to the US, 2000-2001
    Involved a purposive sample of 129 Vietnamese immigrant women to the United States, 57 of whom experienced domestic violence. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected on abuse, efforts to stop the abuse, immigration experiences, current and prior relationship with partners, and many facets of life. One year after the 1st interview, the women who had experienced abuse were re-interviewed to determine whether their circumstances had changed and why they had or had not changed. For both interviews, data were collected on contacts with the justice system and satisfaction with those contacts. To measure abuse and one-year outcomes, variables included: values/norms promoting husband's domination, conflict over expectations about gender roles and other aspects of family life, immigration (reasons for immigration, sequencing of husband's and wife's move, each person's legal status), and circumstances related to immigration (discrimination, employment and occupational status, proximity of extended family, wife's support network). Qualitative data on the pattern, nature, and context of the abuse was collected to provide description of why the abuse occurred, and to support findings from the quantitative analysis and/or better specify the causative model. Additional variables included wife's perceptions of immigration law and the outcome of criminal justice involvement; wife's perception of the consequences of divorce (financial, legal realities and cultural norms regarding child custody, effect of marital status on woman's social status and quality of life); need for and effects of wife moving from the ethnic community to the mainstream to escape abuse (need of identification with the ethnic group, support network of relatives and friends, social reactions to abuse); wife's economic power (ability to speak English, earn a living); wife's experience in seeking help (knowledge of United States legal system, availability of legal and victim assistance for abused women, experience with the justice system and victim assistance programs). Demographic variables included age, race, citizenship status, religion, education, and number of children.

  • Suburban Immigrant Koreans in Bergen County, New Jersey, 2004
    Compares Korean households at varying degrees of spatial dispersion (i.e., concentrated, dispersed, and highly dispersed) and their corresponding job, consumption, religious, and social linkages to ethnic enclaves both in the suburbs and the central city. To do so, the study focused on the current ethnic linkages of dispersed Korean suburban immigrant households in Bergen County, New Jersey. In addition, Bergen County, NJ is the largest and fastest growing suburban settlement of Korean immigrants in the New York metropolitan area.

  • Survey of Mexican Migrants
    The Pew Hispanic Center conducted an unprecedented survey of Mexican migrants in the United States, including thousands who say they have no U.S.-issued identity documents. Provides detailed information on the demographic characteristics, living arrangements, work experiences and attitudes toward immigration of 4,836 Mexican adults who completed a 12-page questionnaire as they were applying for a matricula consular, an identity document issued by Mexican diplomatic missions. Fieldwork was conducted in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Raleigh, NC, and Fresno, CA, from July 12, 2004, to Jan. 28, 2005.

  • Survey of New Refugees, 2005-2009
    Longitudinal study of refugee integration in the UK. The overall aim of the survey was to collect information on the characteristics of new refugees at the time of their asylum decision and to provide data on the integration of new refugees in the UK over time. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Transatlantic Trends Survey Series (2003+)
    Aim is to identify the attitudes of the public in the United States and in 12 European countries towards foreign policy issues and transatlantic issues. Each year, participants have been asked their views on each other and on global threats, foreign policy objectives, world leadership, and multilateral institutions. This study is a follow-on to Worldviews 2002: American and European Public Opinion on Foreign Policy. Periodically asks about views on immigration.

  • Trends in international migrant stock: Migrants by Age and Sex
    Contains time-series of estimates and projections of the number of international migrants by sex, age, and origin for the years 1990, 2000, 2010, and 2013. The 2010 version is stored on the DSS server.

  • Uganda - Migration Household Survey 2010

  • UK Data Archive. Population and Vital Statistics Data.
    Various population data sets from the United Kingdom Data Archive. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA. Not all data is available outside the United Kingdom.

  • Undocumented migrants and ethnic enclave employers
    Collected qualitative interview data from 55 undocumented migrants and 24 ethnic enclave employers from Bangladeshi, Chinese, Turkish (including Kurds from Turkey and Northern Cypriots) communities who were living in London. To obtain a free account please register.

  • Voice of immigrants (2000-2004)
    Includes 4 surveys conducted between 2000 and 2004 (except for 2003), with a sample of about 770 persons per year, and a geographical scope of 5 Spanish Autonomous Communities with the biggest number of immigrants (Madrid, Catalonia, Andalusia, Valencia and Canaries), and also Murcia in some of the studies. Summary data is available in an easy to use format.

  • Wellbeing in Developing Countries (2003-2006)
    Series of studies which aim to develop a conceptual and methodological approach to understanding the social and cultural construction of wellbeing in developing countries (26 community profiles in Bangladesh; Ethiopia; Peru; Thailand). Include details on (1) physical description of the community; historical background and key events; people (population and demographics); languages, religion, social settlement; material resources (occupation, market, infrastructure, provision of government and non government services); natural resources and land use (water, livestock, forest, wildlife, crops); human resources and processes (education, migration, health); socio-political resources (social and political groups, local institutions, social stratification); cultural resources (traditions and beliefs, religious and non religious events); values and satisfaction; incomes (self-employment, wage income, and in kind); expenditures (production costs, food and non-food items); and credit and saving behavior. (Free registration is required)

  • World Population Prospects
    Comprehensive set of demographic indicators for 1950-2100. Includes measures of fertility, life expectancy, migration, and measures of the impact of HIV/AIDS. Older versions are on the DSS server.

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