Estimating Characteristics of the Foreign-Born by Legal by David A. Swanson, Dean H. Judson (auth.)

By David A. Swanson, Dean H. Judson (auth.)

This short represents a entire assessment of tools for estimating features of the foreign-born inhabitants within the usa, in particular orientated towards features by felony status. various tools were proffered during the last many many years, in a wide number of venues; this paintings brings them jointly, makes an attempt to impart a few order at the definition of “legal status,” and describes strengths and deficiencies either in equipment and in info. The authors have a mixed 50 years of expertise in either demographic and statistical methodology.

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Woodrow-Lafield (1998) focuses on estimating net authorized immigration from all countries and from Mexico and presents 30 alternative series on the basis of varying assumptions as to emigration levels, agricultural legalization beneficiaries as resident, and other nonspecific authorized or ambiguous immigration. 4 million residents of foreign-born. She argues that measurement is an essential step for quantifying net unauthorized or unauthorized immigration requiring further exercise of expert judgment.

Another method used in direct survey of the foreign-born for the express purpose of determining immigration status is the Residency Status Assignment based on answers to a series of questions (Marcelli and Lowell 2005). In this method, residency status is assigned to respondent based on answers to a series of questions. While the question of being unauthorized is never asked outright, the status of immigration is implied by the answers to these questions. In concluding this section on survey-based methods, we note that ‘‘capture– recapture’’ methods are used to estimate wildlife populations (Besbeas et al.

1998) note that while stock and flow estimates of the unauthorized migrant population tended to be unreliable prior to 1980 due in part to lack of methodologies for correcting for biases in the available data sources and otherwise to the fact that these methods tended to be inconsistent in their assumptions and methodologies. This ‘‘slippage’’ between data sources is a significant limitation of this method. , foreign-born emigration) deemed to be excessive. As stated in the description of this method, this means that lacking firm numbers on legal temporary flow (in and out), too much inflow is generated by this method and insufficient outflow, which can easily lead to misjudgments about what is too much or too little.

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