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Immigration statistics are somewhat hard to find. Immigration Statistics: A Story of Neglect explain this problem. The best place to look for immigration statistics is online. Included below are also some items available through the library. Remember that immigration is a controversial issue and that there are different kinds of immigrants -- refugees, asylees, legal immigrants, illegal immigrants, etc. Be wary of the source of immigration statistics for these reasons.


  • Continuous Reporting System on Migration: SOPEMI. OECD, 1979-1990.
    Trends in International Migration:  Continuous Reporting System on Migration.
    OECD, 1992-2004.
    International Migration Outlook. OECD, 2006-current.
    Focus is on OECD countries.
    • 1983;1987-1990 IUCat (book)
    • 1992-2000, 2002-2003 IUCat (book)
    • 1997-2004 OECD iLibrary (online, IU affiliation required)
    • 2006-current OECD iLibrary (online, IU affiliation required)

  • Statistical Yearbook of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. U.S. INS, 1978-2001
    Yearbook of Immigration Statistics. U.S. DHS, 2002- current
    Statistics for U.S. only, but this is a terrific resource. Lots of aggregate data represented in tables and supplemented with textual summaries. (Includes the 2008 yearbook)
    • 1978-current HeinOnline (online, IU affiliation required)
    • 1978-2001 IUCat (book)
    • 2003-2014 IUCat (book)
    • 1996-current DHS (online, public)

  • World Migration Report. International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2000.
    Not a whole lot of tables and graphs here, but there are plenty of statistics contained within the text. Chapters are divided up by world region. International organizations such as the IOM and the UN not provide a global perspective on immigration.
    • 2000-2005 IUCat (book)
    • 2000-2015 IOM (online, public)
  • Report of the Director General on the work of the Committee for the year... Intergovenmental Committee for European Migration, 1954-1982.
    Report of the Director General on the work of the Committee for the year...
    IOM, 1984-1988
    Report of the Director General on the work of the organization for the year...
    IOM, 1989-1997
    Report on the work of the organization for the year... IOM, Council, 1998
    Report of the Director General on the work of the organization for the year...IOM, Council, 1999-current
    Contains LOTS of tables, but inadequate explanation of the contexts of these tables and how to use them.


Other publications

  • Comparative Research on International Migration and International Migration Policy: Migration from the Maghreb and Turkey to the European Union, and from Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador to the United States. Carried out by Philip J. Muus and Elsbeth W. van Dam for the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.  Luxembourg, 1998.
    Compares and contrasts the two migration patterns mentioned in the title. Examine how well the authors use the immigration statistics to support their arguments. Students interested in using immigration statistics to support a position in a paper they are writing are suggested to take a look at this volume.
  • The Changing Course of International Migration.OECD, 1993.
    There are four tables worth looking at, on pages 21-27, that compare populations of different world regions for the years 1960, 1990, 2000 (projected), and 2020 (projected).
  • The Migration of Women:  Methodological Issues in the Measurement and Analysis of Internal and International Migration. UN, 1996.
    There are a number of data tables in here worth a look.
  • Migration Potential in Central and Eastern Europe. IOM, 1998.
    A look at the situations within the following countries: Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Yugoslavia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Belarus, and the Ukraine. Based on surveys and interviews -- 1000 interviews in each country (1200 in the Ukraine).  Differentiates among the various types of migration. The survey responses are graphed very nicely.
  • International Migration: Migrants entering the United Kingdom and England and Wales, 1999. London, 2001.
    Breaks down each country by region, gender, age, occupation, rationale (for migration), etc.  Very detailed, although the topic is pretty specific (like many of the resources listed here so far).  Lots of detailed tables. There are older annual versions going back to 1975/1980.
    • 1975-1986,1988-1999 IUCat (book)
  • Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-born Population of the United States:  1850-1990
    Twenty-two different detailed tables are available. Each table is explained very well, plus the sources of the statistical information are provided.
  • Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR): Data Hub
    Click on any state for extensive information on immigrants and refugees living in that state.


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