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Immigration Statistics: Methodology and Data Quality

  Estimates of the Legal and Unauthorized Foreign-Born Population for the United States and Selected States, Based on Census 2000 (421 KB, pdf)
By Jeffrey S. Passel, Jennifer Van Hook, and Frank D. Bean
Based on analyses drawing on data from Census 2000 and myriad other sources, this report presents initial, direct1 estimates of the unauthorized foreign-born population of the United States and six states in the year 2000.

Involuntary and Voluntary Migarant Estimates (213 KB, pdf)
By Rachel Cassidy
Reliable and thorough information on the foreign-born population in the U.S. are crucial to evaluating the impact of immigration, providing needed services to immigrants, and developing immigration policy. An immigrant’s legal status determines what rights and privileges are available to him/her, and most immigration policies apply to specific legal status groups.

Report on Cognitive Testing of Proposed International Migration Questions for the American Community Survey (209 KB, pdf)
By Maritsa V. Poros and Anthony M. Orum
The U.S. Census Bureau has recently been considering proposals for alternative questions to its international migration items in preparation for a National Content Test in 2006 and for inclusion on the American Community Survey (ACS) in 2008. The international migration
items include questions on respondent's place of birth, U.S. citizenship status, and year of entry to the United States.

U.S. Evaluation of Subnational ACS Foreign-Born Data –Benchmarking Report (158KB, pdf)
By Steven Camarota, Ph.D. and Jeffrey Capizzano
Like most large national surveys, the American Community Survey (ACS) employs a complex sampling design to select the housing units that will be included in the sample. Instead of conducting a simple random sample, the U.S. Census Bureau chooses the ACS sample using a
two-stage stratified sampling process (ACS Source and Accuracy Statement 2003).

Assesing the Quality of Data Collected on the Foreign-Born: An Evaluation of the American Community Survey
By Steven Camarota, Ph.D. and Jeffrey Capizzano
Since 1996 the U.S. Census Bureau has been piloting a new national data source, called the American Community Survey (ACS), which is intended to replace the decennial census long form in 2010.

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