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Measuring and Comparing Migration, Asylum and Naturalization Policies Globally: Challenges and Solutions


  • Michel Beine

    ( - Université du Luxembourg)

  • Anna Boucher

    (Cities research network - The University of Sydney)

  • Brian Burgoon

    (UvA - Universiteit van Amsterdam)

  • Suzanna Challen

    (Harvard University [Cambridge])

  • Mary Crock

    (Sydney Law School - The University of Sydney)

  • Justin Gest

    (Harvard University [Cambridge])

  • Michael Hiscox

    (Harvard University [Cambridge])

  • Marc Helbling

    (WZB - Berlin Social Science Center - Berlin Social Science Center)

  • Patrick Mcgovern

    () (Department of Economics - LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science)

  • Hillel Rapoport

    (Department of Economics [Israël] - Bar-Ilan University [Israël], CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PSE - Paris School of Economics - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - PSL - Université Paris sciences et lettres - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement)

  • Eiko Thielemann

    (Department of Economics - LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science)


Academics and policy makers require a better understanding of the variation of policies that regulate global migration, asylum and immigrant naturalization. At present, however, there is no comprehensive cross-national, time-series database of such policies, rendering the analysis of policy trends across and within these areas difficult at best. Several new immigration databases and indices have been developed in recent years. However, there is no consensus on how best to conceptualize, measure and aggregate migration policy indicators to allow for meaningful comparisons through time and across space. This article discusses these methodological challenges and introduces practical solutions that involve historical, multi-dimensional, disaggregated and transparent conceptualizing, measuring and compiling of cross-national immigration policies. Such an approach informs the International Migration Policy and Law Analysis (IMPALA) database.

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  • Michel Beine & Anna Boucher & Brian Burgoon & Suzanna Challen & Mary Crock & Justin Gest & Michael Hiscox & Marc Helbling & Patrick Mcgovern & Hillel Rapoport & Eiko Thielemann, 2014. "Measuring and Comparing Migration, Asylum and Naturalization Policies Globally: Challenges and Solutions," PSE-Ecole d'économie de Paris (Postprint) hal-01045140, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:pseptp:hal-01045140
    DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12132
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    Cited by:

    1. Sari Pekkala Kerr & William Kerr & Çağlar Özden & Christopher Parsons, 2017. "High-Skilled Migration and Agglomeration," Annual Review of Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 9(1), pages 201-234, September.
    2. Michel Beine & Anna Boucher & Brian Burgoon & Mary Crock & Justin Gest & Michael Hiscox & Patrick McGovern & Hillel Rapoport & Joep Schaper & Eiko Thielemann, 2016. "Comparing Immigration Policies: An Overview from the IMPALA Database," International Migration Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 50(4), pages 827-863, December.

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