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Immigration statistics are somewhat hard to find; a 1985 book entitled IMMIGRATION STATISTICS:  A STORY OF NEGLECT (available online; a link is provided below) does a good job of explaining this problem.  The best place to look for immigration statistics is on the Web, but a list of some potentially useful print resources at the IUB Wells Library has also been provided below.  If you want to browse, go to the JV 6000's in the Research Collections or Government Information, Maps and Microform Services (East Tower 2 or ET2) -- that's where most of the immigration information can be found.  Keep in mind that immigration is a very controversial issue; there are also different KINDS of immigrants--there are refugees, there are asylees, there are legal immigrants, there are illegal immigrants, and so on. Be wary of the source of immigration statistics for these reasons.


  • Trends in International Migration:  Continuous Reporting System on Migration. OECD, 1992-present. Most current on shelf is 2002.
    [ET2 Stacks -- JV 6001. A1 C66 ]. (Select "Trends in International Migration" (SOPEMI)) OR (Search for the title by selecting "Advanced Search" and "in article title")
    Obviously the focus here is on OECD countries.  Which is okay, since these are the countries that people generally want to migrate to in the first place.  An excellent print resource, in fact; if you're determined to use a print resource, you are recommended to look here first.

  • Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (previously titled "Statistical Yearbook of the Immigration and Naturalization Service", changed for the 2002 version.) INS, 1978-present.
    [ET2 Stacks -- HS 8.15]. Most current on shelf is 2007. (Includes the 2008 yearbook)
    The statistics are for the U.S. only, but this is a terrific resource.  Lots of aggregate data represented in tables and supplemented with textual summaries.

  • World Migration Report. International Organization for Migration [IOM], 2000.
    [ET2 Stacks -- JV 6006. W67]. Also 2003 and 2005 versions are available in print.
    There aren't a whole lot of tables and graphs here, but there is plenty of statistics contained within the text itself.  Chapters are divided up by world region.  International organizations such as the IOM and the UN not only provide a much needed global perspective on immigration; such international organizations look at immigration much more objectively.

  • International Organization for Migration - Council - Report of the Director General on the work of the organization for the year... IOM.
    [ET2 Stacks -- JV 6008 .I387b].
    2007 report at, earlier reports (back to 2000) can be found at (the reports are listed under each individual session's page).
    Contains LOTS of tables, but inadequate explanation of the contexts of these tables and how to use them. The ET2 has editions of this publication from 1989 to 2002.

    Other publications

  • Comparative Research on International Migration and International Migration Policy: Migration from the Maghreb and Turkey to the European Union, and from Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador to the United States. Carried out by Philip J. Muus and Elsbeth W. van Dam for the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.  Luxembourg, 1998.
    [ET2 Stacks -- JV 7590. M88 1998]. 
    Compares and contrasts the two migration patterns mentioned in the title.  What we are interested in here is how well the authors use the immigration statistics to support their arguments.  Students interested in using immigration statistics to support a position in a paper they are writing are suggested to take a look at this volume.

  • Citizenship and Immigration Statistics. 1996.
    [ET2 Stacks -- JV 7225.5 .A3]. 
    A LITTLE old, obviously--more up-to-date information can obviously be found online (see below).  Provides statistics by country, year, age.

  • The Changing Course of International Migration.OECD, 1993.
    [ET2 Stacks -- JV 6011. C53 1993].
    There are four tables here really worth looking at, on pages 21-27, that compare populations of different world regions for the years 1960, 1990, 2000 (projected), and 2020 (also obviously projected).

  • The Migration of Women:  Methodological Issues in the Measurement and Analysis of Internal and International Migration. UN, 1996.
    [ET2 Stacks -- JV 6020. M42 1996].
    There are a number of data tables in here worth a look.

  • Migration Potential in Central and Eastern Europe. IOM, 1998.
    [ET2 Stacks -- JV 7590. W355 1998].
    Also found online at
    A look at the situations within the following countries:  Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Yugoslavia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Belarus, and the Ukraine.  Based on surveys and interviews--1000 interviews in each country (1200 in the Ukraine).  Differentiates among the various types of migration.  The survey responses are graphed very nicely.

  • International Migration: Migrants entering the United Kingdom and England and Wales, 1999. London, 2001.
    [ET2 Stacks -- JV 7602. I57].
    Breaks down each country by region, gender, age, occupation, rationale (for migration), etc.  Very detailed, although the topic is pretty specific (like many of the resources listed here so far).  Lots of detailed tables. There are older annual versions going back to 1975/1980.

  • Immigration Statistics:  A Story of Neglect (1985)
    This is the online book that I mentioned above.  Nearly twenty years old, though.

  • Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-born Population of the United States:  1850-1990
    The title is pretty self-explanatory, and the site is terrific.  Twenty-two different detailed tables are available.  Each table is explained very well, plus the sources of the statistical information are provided.

  • Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)
    This is sort of nice--you just click on any state for extensive information on immigrants and refugees living in that state.

    Offices and Agencies

  • Office of Immigration Statistics
    As part of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services department (formerly known as the INS), this agency offers statistical information about foreign nationals who enter the United States for temporary or permanent residence, or as refugees and asylees.  Their website also contains data on the apprehension, removal, or naturalization of foreign nationals.

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    The Canadian government's equivalent to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Lots of countries have such governmental branches, so I'll provide a list of links to such branches below.

  • Australia--Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
    Links include:  Overseas arrivals and departures; temporary entrants in Australia; population data; program statistics; visa grants; settlement reports; longitudinal survey; and citizenship.

  • Great Britain--Research Development Statistics
    British immigration statistics provided by the British government.

  • Israel--Ministry of Immigrant Absorption
    Includes tables on total immigration to Israel as well as breakdowns by country of origin, age group, and other dimensions.  To find the data, click on research tab in left hand corner.

  • Statistics Norway:  Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration
    There are a few links here.

  • Finnish International and Internal Migration Statistics
    The Finnish government even tracks Finns who no longer live in Finland.  Interesting.

  • Immigration New Zealand--Research and Statistics
    Immigration statistics for New Zealand.

last updated: 2/7/2012