E.g., 11/28/2020
E.g., 11/28/2020

Immigration Data Matters

This useful online guide links users directly to the most credible, high-quality data on immigrants and immigration in the United States and internationally. The easy-to-use publication includes more than 250 data resources compiled by governmental and authoritative nongovernmental sources.

The guide covers a wide range of topics, among them foreign-born population stocks and flows, humanitarian and labor migration, naturalization, education and language attainment, labor force participation, income and poverty rates, remittance size and flow, immigration enforcement actions, public opinion, religious affiliation, and development indicators.

A Walk-Through on How to Find Top Immigration Stats on the Web

In this brief video, Jeanne Batalova, who manages the Migration Policy Institute’s Migration Data Hub, walks you through the Immigration Data Matters guide developed by MPI and the Population Reference Bureau.

Data sources in the guide, created by the Migration Policy Institute and the Population Reference Bureau, are organized into two sections, one U.S., one international. The international section features data sources by world region, as well as for the European Union (and select countries in Europe) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. The guide also offers tips on how to access more complex data sources, lists the frequency of updates, and offers other resources, including a glossary of commonly used immigration terms.

This guide was originally published in March 2018 and was updated most recently in November 2020.

Table of Contents 

Resources on Immigrants and Immigration Trends in the U.S.
Immigrants Now and Historically
Immigrants by Status
Enforcement Statistics
Children of Immigrants (under age 18)
U.S. Migration: Miscellaneous Topics

Key U.S. Government Immigration-Related Data
U.S. Census Bureau
Department of Homeland Security

International Resources on Migrants and Migration Trends
Global Migration Trends
Remittances and Migration Costs
Immigrant Integration
Migration Data by Region/Country
Global Migration: Miscellaneous Topics