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.
- 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.
http://www.dhs.gov/ximgtn/statistics/publications/yearbook.shtm (Includes the 2008 yearbook)
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.
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.
- 1979-1982 IUCat (book)
- 1983-1988 IUCat (book)
- 1989-1991, 1993-1997 IUCat (book)
- 1998 IUCat (book)
- 1999-2002 IUCat (book)
- 1999-2014 IOM, listed under "Reports of the Director General" (online, public)
- 2015-current IOM, listed under "Annual Reports and Organizational Effectiveness Reports" (online, public)
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)
- 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.
Offices and Agencies
Office of Immigration Statistics
As part of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services department (formerly known as the INS), this agency offers statistical information about foreign nationals who enter the United States for temporary or permanent residence, or as refugees and asylees. Their website also contains data on the apprehension, removal, or naturalization of foreign nationals.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
The Canadian government's equivalent to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Lots of countries have such governmental branches, so I'll provide a list of links to such branches below.
Australia -- Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
Links include: Overseas arrivals and departures; temporary entrants in Australia; population data; program statistics; visa grants; settlement reports; longitudinal survey; and citizenship.
Great Britain -- Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release
British immigration statistics provided by the British government.
Israel -- Ministry of Immigrant Absorption (Hebrew)
Statistics Norway: Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration
Finnish Database for Research on Migration and Ethnicity
The Finnish government even tracks Finns who no longer live in Finland. Interesting.
Immigration New Zealand--Research and Statistics
Immigration statistics for New Zealand.