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The National Immigrant Survey of Spain. A new data source for migration studies in Europe

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  • David S. Reher

    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

  • Miguel Requena

    (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid)

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    Spain has recently become the destination for large numbers of international migrants and now ranks as a key focal point for international migration in Europe. Currently, approximately one in ten residents in Spain are foreigners, up more than tenfold from figures holding at the outset of this century. Migration has now become a major social and political issue in the country. In order to provide reliable data about migrants in Spain for researchers and policy makers, acting on a proposal of a research team working within the context of the Population and Society Research Network (GEPS), the Spanish Statistical Office has recently carried out an extremely ambitious survey of foreign-born persons currently living in Spain. In the course of the survey, nearly 15,500 persons were interviewed regarding a large array of issues pertaining to their migration experience. Important documentation, including the project report, the methodological specifications of the survey, and the anonymized micro data have recently been made available to the scientific community and to policy makers at the website of the Instituto Nacional de Estadística. The purpose of this paper is to describe this data source, its content, its methodological underpinnings, and the way the fieldwork and data cleaning were carried out. Examples of preliminary results will be presented so as to underscore the potential this survey affords for researchers everywhere.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

    Volume (Year): 20 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 12 (March)
    Pages: 253-278

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:20:y:2009:i:12

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    Keywords: immigrant survey; international migration; migrant strategies; migration data set; migration studies; migratory networks; Spain;

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    1. Pascual de Sans Àngels (ed.), 2007. "Las redes sociales de apoyo: la inserción de la población extranjera," Books, Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation, number 201174.
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    1. Ainhoa Aparicio, 2011. "Network Effects on Migrants' Remittances," Carlo Alberto Notebooks 202, Collegio Carlo Alberto.
    2. Roman, Monica & Ileanu, Bogdan, 2010. "Modelarea Deciziei De Remitere A Emigranţilor Est Europeni
      [Modelling The Remittance Decision Of Eastern European Emigrants]
      ," MPRA Paper 31776, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 15 Sep 2010.
    3. Ingo E. Isphording, 2013. "Returns to Foreign Language Skills of Immigrants in Spain," LABOUR, CEIS, CEIS, vol. 27(4), pages 443-461, December.
    4. Elena Vidal-Coso & Pau Miret-Gamundi, 2014. "The labour trajectories of immigrant women in Spain: Are there signs of upward social mobility?," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 31(13), pages 337-380, August.

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