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Citizenship & Immigration Canada -- Statistics (Citizenship & Immigration Canada)
This site offers official government information regarding immigration in Canada, in the form of fact sheets and reports. The site's three sections are "Facts and Figures," "Quarterly Administrative Data Release," and "Citizenship and Immigration statistics archives (1966 to 1996)."
Components of Population Change (Nineteenth Century) (Michael Haines)
The five text-based tables in this file were prepared by Michael Haines of Colgate University. The goal is to provide some updated summary information on the components of population change, the composition of the population, fertility and mortality, regional population redistribution, and recorded immigration to the United States from 1790 to 1920.
Geographic Mobility/Migration (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
This site provides access to migration-related data from a variety of census sources: the American Community Survey, the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (March files), the Survey of Income & Program Participation, and the Decennial Census.
Global Population Database (CIESIN)
Used to map the populations of 107 countries, in three subsets: Total, Rural, and Urban population counts. The database uses a rectangular grid for mapping of 20 minutes of latitude by 30 minutes of longitude (about 2,000 square kilometers at the equator). For urban areas of more than 25,000 people, density circles are drawn to provide more detail. Population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau's International Programs Center allow for the latest migration patterns. Documentation viewable on the web site, data available via FTP in ARC/INFO format.
Immigration Statistics (Office of Immigration Statistics, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
This site provides comprehensive annual immigration statistics, profiles of naturalized citizens and legal permanent residents, immigration maps, and reports on the immigration-related activities of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The annual Statistical Yearbook makes available detailed tables in Excel format for editions since 1996.
International Data Base (IDB) (U.S. Bureau of the Census, International Programs Center)
The IDB contains demographic statistics for all countries of the world, combining data from country sources (especially censuses and surveys) with IPC's estimates and projections to provide information dating back as far as 1950 and as far ahead as 2050. Data includes population, fertility, mortality, and migration indicators. Tables may be viewed online, downloaded in spreadsheet or customizable (comma or space delimited, etc.) format, or the entire database may be downloaded for use on a PC.
Kuwait - Central Statistical Bureau (State of Kuwait Central Statistical Bureau)
Socio-economic and agricultural statistics for the State of Kuwait are published by its Central Statistical Bureau. Statistical reports are downloadable in pdf format. Most reports are in Arabic but some are in English and Arabic.
Latin American Migration Project (LAMP) (Princeton University and University of Guadalajara)
The Latin American Migration Project (LAMP) is a multidisciplinary research project based at Princeton University and the University of Guadalajara. The survey is based on the Mexican Migration Project and uses the same methodology: an ethnosurvey approach, combining ethnographic techniques with representative survey sampling to gather qualitative as well as quantitative data. Latin American migration to the United States is the focus, but some additional migration patterns are included as well, such as migration from Paraguay to Argentina. The LAMP began in 1998, with the survey of five communities in Puerto Rico, and has since expanded to include the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Peru, Haiti, and Guatemala. Data from all these countries is available for download (free registration required).
Mexican Migration Project (MMP) (Princeton University, Office of Population Research)
The Mexican Migration Project, a binational research effort, was created in 1982 by an interdisciplinary team of researchers to increase understanding of the complex process of Mexican migration to the United States. The MMP gathers social as well as economic information on Mexican-US migration. Each year, during the winter months (when seasonal migrants are home), the Mexican Migration Project randomly samples households in communities located throughout Mexico. After gathering information on the household and its members, interviewers collect basic information on each person's first and last trip to the United States. From household heads, they compile a year-by-year history of U.S. migration and administer a detailed series of questions about the last trip northward, focusing on employment, earnings, and use of U.S. social services. Following completion of the Mexican surveys, interviewers journey to destination areas in the United States to administer identical questionnaires to migrants from the same communities sampled in Mexico who have settled north of the border and no longer return home. These surveys are combined with those conducted in Mexico to generate a representative binational sample.
Publicly-available datasets may be downloaded in ASCII, SAS transport, or SPSS portable format. Free registration is required for data access.
Migration Information Source (Migration Policy Institute (MPI))
The Migration Information Source, including the MPI Data Hub, provides immigration information for an expanding list of countries. An interactive database generates tables in HTML and Flash-based charts. Links are provided to sites which provided the raw data for many of the tables and graphs. The site also includes breaking news stories related to immigration and immigration policy.
Nang Rong Projects (Thailand) (Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University (Thailand))
(from the web site) "The Nang Rong Projects are designed to monitor and promote understanding of the sweeping demographic, social, and environmental changes taking place in Nang Rong, Thailand, over the last 20 years. Scholars from across the US and Thailand contribute to research on life course choices, fertility and contraceptive behavior, migration processes, and land use/land cover change." The projects include a household census (1984, 1994, 2000); migrant follow-up data (1994/5, 2000/1); documentation of social networks; community-level data; and GIS sources. Most of the household data and migrant follow-up data are downloadable for public use, while other areas of the data are restricted and require an IRB-approved research plan and a contractual confidentiality agreement.
Pew Hispanic Center (Pew Charitable Trusts)
The Pew Hispanic Center, supported by Pew Charitable Trusts, was founded in 2001 "to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the entire nation." The Center commissions studies on such topics as education, immigration, labor, and economics, including some public opinion surveys. Several datasets are available on the site, along with research reports back to 2002.
State of Metropolitan America (Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program)
The State of Metropolitan America is an interactive website aimed at allowing users to analyze demographic and social trends that affect the United States' largest metropolitan areas. The site's major subject areas, via over 300 indicators, are: population and migration, race and ethnicity, immigration, age, households and families, educational attainment, work, income and poverty, and commuting. The data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, and includes the 2000 Census as well as data from the American Community Survey since 2006.
The site allows users to display, map, and download data for the 50 U.S. states (plus the District of Columbia) and 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. From the interactive map, users can download a CSV file that includes all years of data for a given indicator, or a ZIP file that includes all years of data for all indicators in a given subject area. From the profile page for any given geographic area on the indicator map, users can download a CSV file that includes the geography type, year, and indicator currently in view, a CSV file that includes the same indicator for all geographies and all years, or a ZIP file that includes all indicators in the subject area for all geographies and all years.
Trans-Atlantic Slave Database (Trans-Atlantic Slave Database)
The TransAtlantic Slave Database was initially published on CD-ROM in 1999, and is in the DISC collection. The project has since expanded, and is now online. The Voyages database on the site includes voyages spanning the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, some 35,000 in all. Users can construct queries, select variables to be displayed in tables and downloaded, and view summary statistics, maps, and timelines.
The site estimates that only four-fifths of slave voyages were actually documented, and provides an interactive page for further examining and fine-tuning estimates. The site also includes an African Names database of over 67,000 individuals aboard slave ships, a small portion of the over ten million Africans who were forcibly brought to the Americas but of great interest to genealogists.
U.S. Demography (CIESIN)
Included here are informative explanations of the following datasets: Public Use Microdata Samples, Current Population Survey, Economic Census Data, County Business Patterns, County City Data Book, Statistical Abstract Supplement, National Economic Social and Environmental Databank, Regional Economic Information System, Enhanced County to County Migration 1985-1990, TIGER 1992 Boundaries, and STF3A Standard Extracts.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
Includes timely and issue-oriented information, an annual statistical overview of refugee activities (see "Resources" on the front-page menu), the Refworld database of official documents on refugees, and country-specific reports.
Virginia Emigrants to Liberia Database (Marie Tyler-McGraw and Deborah Lee)
From 1820 to 1865, the state of Virginia sent more emigrants to the newly-created independent African republic of Liberia than any other U.S. state. A 2007 book by historian Marie Tyler-McGraw, recounting Virginia's participation in the Liberian colonization movement, led to a collaboration in which two related databases were placed online under the auspices of the Virginia Center for Digital History: a database of 3,700 emigrants and one of 250 emancipators. Stories, timelines and other resources are included on the site as well.
The Emigrants Database includes variables for first and last names, gender, age at emigration, place of origin, emancipator, ship name, date of emigration, level of education, occupation, Liberian destination, and additional notes. The Emancipators Database includes first and last names, locale, occupation, year of emancipation, ship name, emancipated names, and notes. Both databases are searchable by selected fields. If all selections are set to "any," all records are included in the resulting table. There does not appear to be a download option.
World Migrant Stock: The 2005 Population Database (United Nations Population Division)
The World Migrant Stock database uses data from population censuses and registers worldwide to estimate international migrant stock for reference years at 5-year intervals beginning with 1960. The web site for the 2005 edition of the World Migrant Stock Population Database lets users select up to 5 variables and up to 5 regions, plus start and end years, and then either display the resulting table or download it as a .CSV file.
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