Migration Policy Institute
Immigration Data Matters: How to Find the Most Accurate Resources
Jeanne Batalova, Senior Policy Analyst; Data Hub Manager, MPI
Mark Mather, Associate Vice President, U.S. Programs, Population Reference Bureau
Elizabeth M. Grieco, Senior Writer/Editor, Pew Research Center, and former Chief, Foreign-Born Population Branch, U.S. Census Bureau
Marc Rosenblum, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of the Office of Immigration Statistics, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Andrew Selee, President, MPI
With immigration increasingly visible in the news and the political space in the United States and internationally, getting access to accurate, high-quality data is essential for publics and policymakers to understand immigration’s demographic effects and impacts on the economy, education and labor systems, and the communities in which immigrants and their families live and work.
This event marks the release of an updated version of the popular Immigration Data Matters guide, which directs users to more than 220 international and U.S. data sources, and explains how to navigate sometimes complex datasets issued by government statistical agencies, international organizations, and reputable research organizations. This handy online guide includes data sources covering everything from the size of foreign-born population stocks and flows to citizenship applications, children in immigrant families, refugee admissions, migrant deaths, international student enrollment, global remittance flows, enforcement activities, and much more.
At a time of proliferating data sources on immigration and immigrants, the presenters discuss where some of the most user-friendly data can be accessed, including MPI’s own Migration Data Hub. They share their insights on how to avoid common pitfalls in using existing immigration data and highlight relevant data sources available from international organizations and national governments, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.