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Migration and Globalization: Challenges and Perspectives for the Research Infrastructure

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  • Kahanec, Martin

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    (Central European University)

  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.

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    (IZA and University of Bonn)

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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.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3890.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Publication status: published in: German Data Forum (RatSWD): Buildung on Progress: Expanding the Research Infrastructure for the Social, Economic, and Behavioral Sciencs, Vol. 2, Opladen and Farmington Hills, MI, 2010, 689 - 701
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Keywords: data infrastructure; migration; immigrants; data collection; data access;

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  1. World Bank, 2010. "Taking Stock of Recent Migration Flows in the European Union," World Bank Other Operational Studies 2965, The World Bank.

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