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Prospects for the comparative study of international migration using quasi-longitudinal micro-data

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dc.contributor.author Liu, Mao-Mei
dc.contributor.author Creighton, Mathew J.
dc.contributor.author Riosmena, Fernando
dc.contributor.author Baizán, Pau
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-21T08:49:04Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-21T08:49:04Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Liu MM, Creighton MJ, Riosmena F, Baizán P. Prospects for the comparative study of international migration using quasi-longitudinal micro-data. Dem Res. 2016 Jul-Dec;35(26):745-82. DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2016.35.26
dc.identifier.issn 1435-9871
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/54925
dc.description.abstract Longitudinal micro-level data on international migration behavior is notoriously difficult to collect, but data collection efforts have become more frequent in recent years. However, comparative research on the patterns and processes of international migration remains quite rare, especially that which compares across regions. Objective: We highlight the promises and difficulties of comparative international migration research, by offering a detailed comparison of two prominent data collection efforts. Methods: We systematically review existing sources of longitudinal and quasi-longitudinal individual-level and household-level data on international migration. We then compare two widely used data sources: the Mexican Migration Project (MMP) and the Migration between Africa and Europe project (MAFE). Results: Data collection efforts are increasingly diverse, yet public accessibility to data remains limited. Also, comparability of data collected across settings can be complicated. In our MMP-MAFE analysis we show some ways in which comparability can be achieved. Conclusions: A primary roadblock to international comparative research is that, with some exceptions, the public accessibility of data remains low. Even when data is public and surveys are modeled after one another, comparability is not easy due to necessary trade-offs in adapting surveys to local settings and to developments in the field. Contribution: We demonstrate that, despite great strides in collecting quasi-longitudinal data on international migration, limited data accessibility still hinders the study of migration. With regards to comparability, our article provides important lessons for future data collection and analysis efforts that could improve comparability and thus advance understanding of the complex dynamics of international migration.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
dc.relation.ispartof Demographic Research. 2016 Jul-Dec;35(26):745-82
dc.rights ©2016 Liu, Creighton, Riosmena & Baizán. This open-access work is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License 2.0 Germany, which permits use, reproduction & distribution in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author(s) and source are given credit. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/de/
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/de/
dc.title Prospects for the comparative study of international migration using quasi-longitudinal micro-data
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2016.35.26
dc.subject.keyword International migration
dc.subject.keyword Longitudinal data
dc.subject.keyword Micro-data
dc.subject.keyword Quasi-longitudinal data
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