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The challenge of measuring immigrant origin and immigration-related ethnicity in Europe

Published inJournal of international migration and integration, vol. 10, no. 1, p. 67-88
Publication date2009

Different European nation-states use the most diverse statistical con- structions of foreign origin or ethnic minority populations. Several countries traditionally even shun from producing such data. This makes international comparison a very difficult endeavour. Anyone wanting to perform comparative research on immigrants or (immigrant origin) ethnic minorities in Europe is unavoidably confronted with the most diverse types of national statistical data and has to opt for ad hoc solutions. Attempts at international comparison can thus be very tricky due to data characteristics. It is important that researchers are aware of these problems and do not simply accept data (especially in comparisons) at face value. In this article we embark on a comparative explorative study of the way in which immigrant background and immigration related ethnicity is taken stock of by national statistical institutes in a set of European nation-states.

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JACOBS, Dirk et al. The challenge of measuring immigrant origin and immigration-related ethnicity in Europe. In: Journal of international migration and integration, 2009, vol. 10, n° 1, p. 67–88. doi: 10.1007/s12134-009-0091-2
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