IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Estimating the regional migration patterns of the foreign-born population in the United States: 1950-1990


  • Andrei Rogers
  • James Raymer


The regional distribution of the foreign-born population is determined by two principal migration processes: internal and external migration, modified, of course, by the impacts of mortality. (Since the fertility of the U.S. foreign-borns increases only the population of native-borns, it only needs to be included in studies of the regional distribution of the U.S. native-born population.) In this paper, we apply model schedules to graduate data on the internal and external regional migration patterns of the foreign-born population for the 1950-1990 period. Prior to the graduation we “cleanse”; the observed foreign-born data of obvious inconsistencies and errors arising from a small sample size. No observed data are available for emigration, forcing us to draw on methods of indirect estimation to obtain it. To find estimates of the unrecorded migration flows in-between the four census-defined periods in our study (that is, for 1950-1955, 1960-1965, 1970-1975, and 1980-1985) we interpolate between the data of adjacent census time periods. Finally, we combine the estimated migration data with the corresponding mortality data to calculate and analyze the multiregional life tables and projections associated with each five-year time interval.

Suggested Citation

  • Andrei Rogers & James Raymer, 1999. "Estimating the regional migration patterns of the foreign-born population in the United States: 1950-1990," Mathematical Population Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(3), pages 181-216.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:mpopst:v:7:y:1999:i:3:p:181-216
    DOI: 10.1080/08898489909525457

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:taf:mpopst:v:7:y:1999:i:3:p:181-216. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Chris Longhurst). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.