Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35657
Authors: 
Kahanec, Martin
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 3890
Abstract: 
International migration of people is a momentous and complex phenomenon. Research on its causes and consequences, requires sufficient data. While some datasets are available, the nature of migration complicates their scientific use. Virtually no existing dataset captures international migration trajectories. To alleviate these difficulties, we suggest: (i) the international coordination of data collection methodologies and standardization of immigrant identifiers; (ii) a longitudinal approach to data collection; (iii) the inclusion of adequate information about relevant characteristics of migrants, including retrospective information, in surveys; (iv) minimal anonymization; (v) immigrant boosters in existing surveys; (vi) the use of modern technologies and facilitation of data service centers; and (vii) making data access a priority of data collection.
Subjects: 
Migration
immigrants
data collection
data access
data infrastructure
JEL: 
J15
J18
J61
J68
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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