Migration and Globalization: Challenges and Perspectives for the Research Infrastructure

14 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2008

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Martin Kahanec

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Central European University; Central European Labour Studies Institute

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Global Labor Organization (GLO); UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University, Department of Economics; Free University Berlin; University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Journal of Population Economics

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Abstract

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.

Keywords: migration, immigrants, data collection, data access, data infrastructure

JEL Classification: J15, J18, J61, J68

Suggested Citation

Kahanec, Martin and Zimmermann, Klaus F., Migration and Globalization: Challenges and Perspectives for the Research Infrastructure. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3890. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1318849

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