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Estimation indirecte du nombre d'immigrés en Espagne à partir des taux de fécondité et des naissances

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  • Luis Rosero-Bixby
  • Teresa Castro-Martín
  • David Sven Reher
  • María Sánchez-Domínguez
  • Patrick Festy

Abstract

This article proposes an indirect method to validate existing estimates of immigrants’ stock from the Spanish municipal population register, which some believe might be over-counting immigrants who double register in different municipalities or fail to deregister when leaving the country. The proposed method uses two pieces of information: births to immigrants and their fertility rates. Data on births by parents’ origin come from the Spanish birth registry; fertility rates are estimated with data from the 2007 National Immigrant Survey. For female immigrants, the indirect estimate does not differ significantly from the count in the register, which can be taken as a validation of both sources. Among men, however, the population register counts 15% more immigrants than the indirect estimate. Western European men and women, and Romanian men are immigrant groups with substantial and statistically significant excess count in the population register compared to this article’s estimate. The opposite pattern, i.e. ratio slightly below one, is found for Ecuadorian men and women and African men, suggesting that these groups might be under-counted in the population register.

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  • Luis Rosero-Bixby & Teresa Castro-Martín & David Sven Reher & María Sánchez-Domínguez & Patrick Festy, 2011. "Estimation indirecte du nombre d'immigrés en Espagne à partir des taux de fécondité et des naissances," Population (french edition), Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), vol. 66(3), pages 627-645.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:popine:popu_1103_0627
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