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Immigration: Data Matters MPI and PRB Release Guide to Finding and Using Most Accurate Data
Press Release
Thursday, October 16, 2008

Immigration: Data Matters MPI and PRB Release Guide to Finding and Using Most Accurate Data

WASHINGTON – The Migration Policy Institute, along with the Population Reference Bureau, today released a new pocket guide that shows the public how to find and use some of the most accurate and up-to-date immigration-related data compiled by government and non-governmental sources.

The guide, Immigration: Data Matterswhich offers links to U.S. and global immigration data sources, is available both in print and online at www.migrationpolicy.org/research/immigration-data-matters?pdf=2008DataGuide.pdf.

In an era when immigration has become such a polarized topic—and people are trying to understand how immigration is shaping the U.S. population, communities, the economy, and educational and labor systems—it is imperative to have access to high-quality data.

Whether one is a policymaker, journalist, academic or interested citizen, finding credible data to better understand immigration’s impacts can be a challenge at times. Immigration: Data Matters contains a select collection of resources and website links with accurate, recent data on a number of immigration-related topics, including:

  • Immigrant population estimates in the United States
  • Illegal immigration
  • English proficiency
  • Immigrant children
  • Education
  • Immigrants in the labor force
  • Health
  • Income and poverty
  • Refugees/asylees

The guide also includes a helpful explanation of the limitations that various data sources may contain and provides other useful resources as well as a glossary of commonly used immigration terms. 

For more information or to request a copy of the data guide, please contact MPI Communications Director Michelle Mittelstadt at [email protected] or 202-266-1910. The guide can also be found online at www.migrationpolicy.org/research/immigration-data-matters?pdf=2008DataGuide.pdf.