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Migration, Immigration, Diasporas, and Refugees

A guide to books, data, and research on the politics and policy of migration, immigrants and diasporas, and refugees in the United States

Statistics & Data

  • U.S. Census Bureau Migration and Geographic Mobility Statistics
    Information about U.S. Census Bureau surveys and programs that collect information about internal/domestic migration and estimates of international migration, including:
  • Homeland Security Immigration Data & Statistics
    Since the passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) has responsibility to carry out two statutory requirements: 1) to collect and disseminate to Congress and the public data and information useful in evaluating the social, economic, environmental, and demographic impact of immigration laws; and 2) to establish standards of reliability and validity for immigration statistics collected by the Department’s operational Components.
  • Migration Policy Institute US Data Hub
    "The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute seeks to improve immigration and integration policies through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions."
  • Pew Research Center: Migration
    Charts and statistics about U.S. immigrants. 1980 to the present.
  • TRAC Immigration Tools
    Provides access to data on the immigration court caseloads and outcomes (including deportation proceedings); ICE detentions, removals, and facilities; immigration judges; and juvenile cases. Information on criminal enforcement of immigration law including statutes used is also available. Based upon analyses by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University of court and agency records obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
  • Visa Statistics, Dept. of State, 2000-present
    The Report of the Visa Office is an annual report providing statistical information on immigrant and non-immigrant visa issuances by consular offices, as well as information on the use of visa numbers in numerically limited categories.
  • Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, 1996 to Present
    Admissions on permanent basis, temporary basis, asylum or refugee status, and naturalizations. Data is by country and region, in Excel.