david a. cook-martín

U.S. and International Sources on Migration*


American Community Survey and Census Data on the Foreign Born by State

Statistics from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS)

The Mexican Migration Project is a unique cross-national research project that has been gathering data on migrations between Mexico and the United States for over two decades. Its datasets are publicly available and the source of information not gathered by any other research project.

The researchers of the Mexican Migration Project have now initiated a new project to gather data about migrations from and within Latin America (LAMP):

The Pew Hispanic Center regularly publishes valuable summaries of government gathered data, but also of its own surveys. These data refer primarily to the Hispanic or Latino population, but also to the foreign-born more broadly.

Public Use Microdata Series information, international and U.S. based.

U.S. Census Bureau

Historical Statistics of the United States
Massive amounts of statistics from colonial times to the present. Subscription library database: you will need to configure your browser to access from off campus. -K. Dunn

Historical Abstract of the U.S. (1878-present)

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 (Open Collections Program, Harvard University Library)

On the Migration Policy Institute site you can find detailed information on the size, composition, and socio-economic characteristics of the US Foreign Born population in both 1990 and 2000 by state. The “U.S. in Focus” articles are also very interesting.

State Data Center of Iowa. Includes migration between counties, between states, and internationally. Be sure you realize what type of migration the data refers to. I believe all the data is from the Census, but just the numbers relevant to Iowa have been extracted. -Katie Dunn

Iowa Workforce

Iowa Department of Elderly Affairs

Transnationalism. Data from the Center for Migration and Development and the Pew Hispanic Center.


European Migration Centre (includes statistics on migration in Europe)

The International Organization for Migration gathers information about people’s movements across national borders and produces report on key migrations issues.

Migration Policy Institute

ICPSR contains data on global migration (do search for "migration")

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - Factbook, data on migration flows worldwide including latest remittance figures

SNAPSHOT OF GLOBAL MIGRATION - An interactive map by The New York Times

Stalker's Guide to International Migration (see especially the "statistics" tab)



International Labour Migration (from the International Labour Association)
See especially the ILM Database. - Katie Dunn

International Historical Statistics (in print in Burling Library's reference section)

  • The Americas 1750-2000 Ref HA 175 .M55 2003
  • Europe 1750-2000 Ref HA 1107 .M5 2003
  • Africa, Asia, & Oceania 1750-2000 Ref HA 4675 .M552 2003

These volumes each include a section on the number of Immigrants/Emigrants for different countries, compiled from a variety of sources. See International Migrants under Section A, Population and Vital Statistics. -Katie Dunn

World Development Indicators (Networked Library CD-ROM database)
Networked Library CD-ROM Database. Only has very basic data on migration, but other data series might be useful for analysis alongside migration data - GDP, education levels, average income etc. Many data series for all countries, normalized to facilitate comparison across countries and years. WDI is available on all library computers (PCs) and can also be installed to other campus computers. I have uploaded an instructional guide for WDI to the Documents section for this class, but feel free to stop by the library for an introduction to WDI or to get help. -Katie Dunn.



U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Refugees and Asylees: 2006. This report presents information on the number and characteristics of persons admitted as refugees or granted asylum to the United States in fiscal year 2006.

Data on Refugees and Asylees. Access data on refugees and asylees admitted in fiscal year 2006 by several characteristics.

Forced Migration Online, data on involuntary migration from an international perspective

UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency), statistical yearbook and reports.

OECD data on migration which includes refugees.

* This page is meant to be a resource for students in my International Migration course who are required to complete a data project, but may hold interest for others. Suggestions Thanks to Grinnell Research Librarian Katie Dunn for her assistance in compiling some of these materials.

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