American Sociological Association

Section on International Migration




Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS) - CILS was designed to study the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation which is defined broadly as United States-born children with at least one foreign-born parent or children born abroad but brought at an early age to the United States. The original survey was conducted with large samples of second-generation immigrant children attending the 8th and 9th grades in public and private schools in the metropolitan areas of Miami/Ft. Lauderdale in Florida and San Diego, California. Conducted in 1992, the first survey had the purpose of ascertaining baseline information on immigrant families, children's demographic characteristics, language use, self-identities, and academic attainment. The total sample size was 5,262. Respondents came from 77 different nationalities, although the sample reflects the most sizable immigrant nationalities in each area. Three years later, corresponding to the time in which respondents were about to graduate from high school, the first follow-up survey was conducted. Its purpose was to examine the evolution of key adaptation outcomes including language knowledge and preference, ethnic identity, self-esteem, and academic attainment over the adolescent years. The survey also sought to establish the proportion of second-generation youths who dropped out of school before graduation. This follow-up survey retrieved 4,288 respondents or 81.5 percent of the original sample. Together with this follow-up survey, a parental survey was conducted. The purpose of this interview was to establish directly characteristics of immigrant parents and families and their outlooks for the future including aspirations and plans for the children. In total, 2,442 parents or 46 percent of the original student sample were interviewed. During 2001-2003, or a decade after the original survey, a final follow-up was conducted. The sample now averaged 24 years of age and, hence, patterns of adaptation in early adulthood could be readily assessed. The original and follow-up surveys were conducted mostly in schools attended by respondents, greatly facilitating access to them. Most respondents had already left school by the time of the second follow-up so they had to be contacted individually in their place of work or residence. Respondents were located not only in the San Diego and Miami areas, but also in more than 30 different states, with some surveys returned from military bases overseas. Mailed questionnaires were the principal source of completed data in this third survey. In total, CILS-III retrieved complete or partial information on 3,613 respondents representing 68.9 percent of the original sample and 84.3 percent of the first follow-up.Relevant adaptation outcomes measured in this survey include educational attainment, employment and occupational status, income, civil status and ethnicity of spouses/partners, political attitudes and participation, ethnic and racial identities, delinquency and incarceration, attitudes and levels of identification with American society, and plans for the future.

Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles (IIMMLA) - IIMMLA was supported by the Russell Sage Foundation. Since 1991, the Russell Sage Foundation has funded a program of research aimed at assessing how well the young adult offspring of recent immigrants are faring as they move through American schools and into the labor market. Two previous major studies have begun to tell us about the paths to incorporation of the children of contemporary immigrants: The Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS), and the Immigrant Second Generation in New York study. The Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles study is the third major initiative analyzing the progress of the new second generation in the United States. The Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles (IIMMLA) study focused on young adult children of immigrants (1.5- and second-generation) in greater Los Angeles. IIMMLA investigated mobility among young adult (ages 20-39) children of immigrants in metropolitan Los Angeles and, in the case of the Mexican-origin population there, among young adult members of the third- or later generations. The five-county Los Angeles metropolitan area (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties) contains the largest concentrations of Mexicans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Filipinos, Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, and other nationalities in the United States. The diverse migration histories and modes of incorporation of these groups made the Los Angeles metropolitan area a strategic choice for a comparison study of the pathways of immigrant incorporation and mobility from one generation to the next. The IIMMLA study compared six foreign-born (1.5-generation) and foreign-parentage (second-generation) groups (Mexicans, Vietnamese, Filipinos, Koreans, Chinese, and Central Americans from Guatemala and El Salvador) with three native-born and native-parentage comparison groups (third- or later-generation Mexican Americans, and non-Hispanic Whites and Blacks). The targeted groups represent both the diversity of modes of incorporation in the United States and the range of occupational backgrounds and immigration status among contemporary immigrants (from professionals and entrepreneurs to laborers, refugees, and unauthorized migrants). The surveys provide basic demographic information as well as extensive data about socio-cultural orientation and mobility (e.g., language use, ethnic identity, religion, remittances, intermarriage, experiences of discrimination), economic mobility (e.g., parents' background, respondents' education, first and current job, wealth and income, encounters with the law), geographic mobility (childhood and present neighborhood of residence), and civic engagement and politics (political attitudes, voting behavior, as well as naturalization and transnational ties).

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research - A plethora of data sets--ranging from government data (e.g., census), to major continuing surveys (e.g., GSS, PSID), to data sets used in famous studies (e.g., Portes and Bach's data from Latin Journey)--are available for your downloading pleasure as long as you are based in an ICPSR member institution.

Historical Census Data for the United States 1790-1970 - The Instructional Computing Group of Harvard University, in cooperation with Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan, has made a subset of historical data from U.S. decennial censuses from 1790 to 1970 available for forms-based querying on the web.

SSDAN - William Frey of the University of Michigan has developed the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) for the purpose of bringing census data to the college classroom. Funded by NSF and the Department of Education FIPSE, the Network enables college teachers to introduce "user-friendly" analysis of census data in their classes. Tailor- made data sets, from the 1950 through 1990 U.S. Censuses, and the Current Population Survey, can be used in a variety of social science classes dealing with topics such as: race-ethnicity, immigration, gender studies, marriage, households and poverty, U.S. income inequality, children, the elderly and others.

Ethnicity in 20th Century America - This link sends you to Thomas Archdeacon's (University of Wisconsin) home page for this HISTORY 404 class. A great deal of information including maps, tables and downloadable spreadsheets (Excel 5.0) of immigration-related data is available.

Public Data Queries, Inc. - This site features the PDQ-Explore engine, a tool which allows for quick, simple tabulations of large census data sets (e.g., PUMS, CPS). Codebooks and other documentation are available.

The World Bank Data Page - A goldmine of international data.


Chinese immigration and the Transcontinental railroad - In 1862, Congress passed a bill authorizing the creation of a transcontinental railroad that would connect the West with the rest of the nation. This project involved two companies, Union Pacific and Central Pacific, and would take six years to complete. Although most of the companies' railroad workers were initially from Ireland and Union Pacific employed some native-born American soldiers, the vast majority of workers for Central Pacific were Chinese immigrants by the time the railroad was finished. These immigrants faced particularly poor working conditions and fierce discrimination, but their efforts were crucial to the construction of the railroad and to the full development of the West. For more information about early Chinese immigrants and their role in building the Transcontinental Railroad, refer to the website (additional links available on website).

Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 1850 to 1990 - Recent list of detailed tables from the US Bureau of the Census. These tables update and expand data on the foreign-born population published in 1975 in Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Internet Law Library: Immigration, nationality, and citizenship law

US Bureau of the Census

US Commission on Immigration Reform Documents - The mandate of the USCIR, testimonies by commission members, lists of site visits, and executive summaries for the two reports to Congress: "U.S. Immigration Policy: Restoring Credibility," and "Legal Immigration: Setting Priorities," are available.


Atlantic Monthly Immigration Home Page

The American Prospect Immigration Archive

The Washington Post-This page contains an article by Sanford Ungar together with links to select chapters from books on immigration.

Working Papers at the Russell Sage Foundation Full working papers from Russell Sage Scholars are available in html format.

Center for Immigration Studies Books Page - A page with a listing of well over one-hundred international migration-related reports, papers, articles, and books. Some book titles link to descriptions or reviews of the book. For all books, a link is provided directly to an web-based order form.


Jan Rath - Dr. Rath is a cultural anthropologist and senior researcher/project manager at the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), University of Amsterdam. His primary research area is in immigrant and ethnic entrepreneurship.


The Center for Migration and Development - Founded in 1998, the CMD has become a source for research, teaching and the public dissemination of knowledge regarding migration and development. The CMD will continue to sponsor a wide array of research, travel and conference programs aimed at linking scholars with interests in migration and development. Under the new directorship of Professor Edward Telles, the CMD plans to continue in this tradition but will expand it with the addition of research on race and ethnicity, especially as it relates to migration and development. In particular, the CMD will continue with its research on the relationship between immigrant and other communities in the developed world and the growth and development of the sending nations and it will now include the Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America. The Center's data archive and working papers series provides readily available resources based on recent research conducted at Princeton. We invite you to browse through the announcements and online resources featured in this site

Migration Research Group - At the Hamburg Insitute of International Economics in Germany, this multi-national team of researchers focuses on issues of labour migration, migration policy, and migration networks, and have been fortunate to find support from the EU Marie Curie Excellence Grant and the Volkswagen Foundation. Their main projects currently center on the effect of policy on migrant networks and how diversity through migration influences economic performance in host countries, with emphasis on the distribution of social-cultural and human capital.

They also offer through their public information service Focus Migration periodic policy and country profiles which provide a useful overview of the essential points in migration policy. - The Spanish language Web site of the Red Internacional de Migración y Desarrollo (International Network for Migration and Development). The site includes numerous publications, including PDFs of the network's refereed journal Migración y Desarrollo. - A Spanish language Web site dedicated to issues surrounding the role of remittances in development, especially in Central America.

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) - An independent, non-partisan,non-profit think-tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide. The Institute provides knowledge-based policy analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee issues at the local, national, and international levels. MPI's work focuses on four major programmatic areas: Migration Management, Refugee Protection and International Humanitarian Response, North America's Migration Agenda, and Immigrant Settlement and Integration. In addition, MPI intends to expand its efforts in two crosscutting areas, that of migration and development and of national security and immigration.

The Migration Information Source is a monthly online publication of MPI that provides up-to-date analysis and data on international migration and refugee flows. Each month, we have over 70,000 unique visits to, and over 5,000 researchers, policymakers, journalists, and NGO staff members have chosen to sign up for our email newsletter. To subscribe to the Migration Information Source newsletter:

Inter-University Committee on International Migration - Since its establishment in 1974, the Inter-University Committee on the International Migration has been a focal point for migration and refugee studies at member institutions, which include Boston University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard, MIT, Regis College, Tufts University, and Wellesley College. The committee is chaired by MIT as a program of The Center for International Studies (CIS).

RAND - A non-profit research institute with some projects dealing with immigration. Information on some of these projects can be linked to from RAND's Hot Topics section.

ERCOMER (European Research Centre On Migration and Ethnic Relations) - ERCOMER has a strong interest in comparative research in the fields of international migration and ethnic relations within the European context. They are based at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. ERCOMER maintains a virtual library for international migration that contains a massive list of web-based resources.

Center for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations - The Center for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (CEIFO is the Swedish acronym) is an inter-disciplinary research unit established in 1983 at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm University. Its research program covers international migration, ethnicity, nationalism, xenophobia and racism, ethnic relations, immigration policies and refugee reception models.

Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations - Based at the University of Warwick, UK.

U. of Western Ontario Population Studies Centre.

Migration Research Unit - based at the University of London, UK.

IMIS (Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien) - Based at Universität Osnabrück, Germany. (requires proficiency in reading German)

CIEMI (Centre d'Information et d'Etudes sur les Migrations Internationales) - Based in Paris, CIEMI is primarily involved in disseminating information on international migration issues.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, International Migration Policy Program - Based in Washington, DC. CEIP's International Migration Policy Program analyzes the dynamics of immigrant/refugee flows and the policies surrounding these dynamics. The newsletter, Research Perspectives on Migration is available on-line in PDF format (some issues in HTML as well).

The Center for Immigration Research - Based at the University of Houston. Abstracts and/or executive summaries of working papers are available on-line.

The Center for Migration Studies - Located in New York City, CMS is committed to facilitating the study of sociodemographic, historical, economic, political, legislative and pastoral aspects of human migration and refugee movements. CMS publishes International Migration Review.

The Immigration History Research Center - Founded in 1965, the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) at the University of Minnesota is an international resource on American immigration and ethnic history. It maintains archival and library collections, sponsors academic and public programs, and publishes bibliographic and scholarly works.

The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies - Located at the University of Amsterdam.

The Urban Institute - The Center on Labor, Human Services and Population at the Urban Institute is involved in a great deal of immigration-related research. Other units with in the institute also examine issues related to immigrants and immigration (e.g., welfare reform). Many PDF and HTML reports are available on-line.

International Organization for Migration - IOM is an intergovernmental entity concerned with promoting humanitarian migration principles. A lot of information, including .pdf newsletters, is available.

The Mexican Migration Project - Based at the University of Pennsylvania. The Mexican Migration Project examines patterns of migration between Mexico and the US.

The International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship - ICMEC has established a homepage on the internet to act as an electronic bulletin board. This resource will offer: (1) a directory of professionals and academics in migration related fields, (2) full text working papers which may be down-loaded or read on-line, (3) information on the Center, (4) a listing of current events and programs in New York, North America, and Europe, and (4) several other resources for researchers and professionals. ICMEC has also a number of listservs. Participation is open to professionals, researchers, academics and graduate students. These are intended to serve as low-volume lists for the discussion of recent publications or works in progress, announcements of upcoming events, current news items of interest, references for researchers, or other academic and professional correspondence. Five lists to coincide with five 'working groups': (1) Refugees: Causes, Policies, Solutions (REFUGEE); (2) US and Canada: Immigration, Incorporation, Citizenship (USCANMIG); (3) Europe: Immigration, Incorporation, Citizenship (EUROMIG); (4) Ethnicity and Nationalism: Theory, Causes, Impact (ETHNAT); (5) Global Migration: Theory, Causes, Impact (GLOBEMIG). To participate simply send a message to stating (1) your full name, (2) professional affiliation, (3) address and phone number, and (4) which working group(s) you wish to join.


Church World Service (CWS), National Council of Churches - A US-based network of Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches cooperating to provide assistance to refugees.

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) - Based in the Episcopal Church, EMM provides resettlement services to refugees in the US.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) - An arm of the organized American Jewish community, HIAS is charged with the relocation and resettlement of refugees and migrants. The site contains stats on the people resettled by HIAS.

Immigration and Refugee Services of America Network (IRSA) - IRSA is the nation's oldest and largest non-sectarian network of nonprofit organizations serving immigrants, refugees and their children.

U. S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) - USCR is devoted to the defending the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons worldwide. The site includes information about USCR's publications, press releases, and links to related sites.

International Rescue Committee (IRC) - IRC is a nonsectarian voluntary organization providing protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) - An outreach unit of US Lutheran churches, LIRS provides support for asylum, refugee resettlement, and other immigration services.

Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), U. S. Catholic Conference (USCC) - The United States Catholic Conference is the public policy and social action agency of the Catholic bishops in the US. within USCC, MRS is responsible for developing Conference policy on migration, immigration and refugee issues, as well as providing program support and field coordination for a network of 119 diocesan refugee resettlement offices throughout the US.

World Relief - World Relief is the international assistance arm of the National Association of Evangelicals (USA). World Relief assists refugees world-wide and resettles refugees and immigrants trough a network of affiliate offices and sponsoring churches.

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) - SEARAC provides education to the general public about the refugee situation in Southeast Asia and assistance to public and private agencies in meeting the needs of Indochinese refugees. Its web site includes descriptions of its programs and publications.

Refugee Welfare and Immigration Reform Project - The Refugee Welfare and Immigration Reform Project is a cooperative effort of the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the Refugee Welfare and Immigration Reform Project is to increase awareness and understanding of new federal welfare reform and immigration policies, as well as state- and county-level policy options the impact of these policies on refugee families and effective service strategies and programs that enable refugee families to respond positively to these new policies.


International Migration Review - Based at the Center for Migration Studies, IMR is arguably the top journal for international migration research. The table of contents for current and past issues can be found at this site.

International Migration - Published on behalf of the International Organization for Migration
International Migration is a refereed, policy-oriented journal on migration issues as analysed by demographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and other social scientists from all parts of the world. It covers the entire field of policy relevance in international migration, giving attention not only to a breadth of topics reflective of policy concerns, but also attention to coverage of all regions of the world and to comparative policy.

Read a Sample Article
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