MPI Issues Handy Compilation of Sought-After Data on Immigrants in the U.S.
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released its annual compilation of statistics on immigrants in the United States, offering some of the most sought-after data on current and historical immigration trends, as well as the current size of the foreign-born population, employment rates, geographic concentrations and more. The U.S. immigrant population of 40.4 million in 2011 is the world’s largest immigrant population.
The data article in the Migration Information Source, MPI’s online journal, provides data to answer the following questions and more:
- How many immigrants are in the United States today?
- What are the historical numbers and shares of immigrants in the United States?
- How many unauthorized immigrants are here? Where are they from?
- What percentage of the immigrant population is college educated?
- How many immigrants work in the labor force?
- What kinds of jobs do they have?
- What is the unemployment rate among immigrants?
- Which states and counties have the largest and fastest-growing foreign-born populations?
- Which states have the highest/lowest percentages of Mexican-born immigrants?
- How many of the foreign born came as refugees and asylees?
The Spotlight draws on data from MPI, the Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey (ACS) and decennial Census, the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Information Technology.
The complete article can be found online at: http://my.migrationpolicy.org/salsa/track.jsp?v=2&c=7TwGVL8a5aoscMZQ%2BMRJG9lxoRE07hzO
MPI’s Data Hub offers significant current and historical demographic, educational, workforce, linguistic, and income and poverty data on immigrants nationally and by state. To access the data by state, visit: www.migrationinformation.org/DataHub/acscensus.cfm.
[Source: Migration Information Source]
Each month Policy Press offers a free topical article available from each of their four journals. The articles free for the month of August are:
1. Welcome relief or indecent subsidy? The implications of wage top-up scheme - Policy & Politics (July 2012)
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2. What do we know and how well do we know it? Identifying practice-based insights in education - Evidence & Policy (May 2012)
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3. Beyond CV building: the communal benefits of student volunteering - Voluntary Sector Review (July 2012)
4. What is commitment? Women’s accounts of intimate attachment - Families, Relationships & Societies (June 2012)
5. Serving the public or delivering public services? Religion and social welfare in the new British social policy landscape - Journal of Poverty & Social Justice (February 2012)
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After the Olympics frenzy, will London’s East End return to its former poverty? - Poverty and Inequality (August 3, 2012)
[Source: The Policy Press]
The World Bank has a number of marvelous country profile websites, and their site dedicated to China is top-notch. It’s not just a simple demographic overview of this dynamic country; it is a series of meditations on the state of their economy, political culture, urban development, and other affairs.
First-time users will want to look at the “Country-At-A-Glance” section at the top of the homepage to get a thumbnail sketch of the country’s current state of affairs. Over on the left-hand side of the page, visitors can look over the “Projects & Programs” area, which talks about the Bank’s activities in the country, which include energy efficiency projects and sustainable biodiversity conservation works. Moving on, the “What’s New” area features opinion pieces from World Bank officials, press releases, and information about lending policies. Users are also invited to sign up for their RSS feed and email updates here.
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Founded in 1974, Social Indicators Research has become a leading journal for the publication of research results dealing with measurement of the quality of life. These studies - empirical, philosophical and methodological - encompass the whole spectrum of society, including the individual, public and private organizations, and municipal, country, regional, national and international systems. Topics covered include health, population, shelter, transportation, the natural environment, social customs and morality, mental health, law enforcement, politics, education, religion, the media and the arts, science and technology, economics, poverty, and welfare.
Impact Factor: 1.000
Read, download and save these articles online. They are available online for free until December 31, 2011:
You may click here to view the most downloaded articles which are downloaded live and in real-time from Social Indicators Research.
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- Practical Action
Founded over 40 years ago by an economist, Practical Action’s aim is to help impoverished people “use technology to challenge poverty”, to gain “access to technical options and knowledge”, and “influence the social, economic and institutional systems for innovation and use of technology.” The “Downloads” tab has a link to “Practical Answers” that cover almost two dozen themes and lets you browse the extensive library, submit technical questions to expert, and it also provides you with a section entitled “Share” which documents peoples’ experience with Practical Action. You will also find the “Featured Articles” section of the Downloads useful and full of such practical information as “Build Your Own Tippy Tap”, for hand washing after toileting and a “Solar Voltaic System Design Info Sheet” that covers electrical design issues. Back on the homepage, you will find links to their social networking, e-newsletter, and the latest from their series of blogs.
- Education for Employment: Realizing Arab Youth Employment
The Arab world is “overwhelmingly young”, and the human potential throughout the area is tremendous. Recent events across the region have “amplified the social and economic disconnect between skills, jobs, and opportunity.” To address this situation, a group of organizations (including the Islamic Development Bank), started the Education for Employment (e4e) initiative. The basic goal of the initiative is to position “education as a major priority to drive improved employment prospects.” On their website, you can look over a brief summary of their work, and also look over their report from April 2011. The report is based on 200 in-depth interviews and surveys of over 1500 employers and 1500 youth throughout the region. You can download the 150 page report, or view the executive summary here in Arabic or English. The report’s chapters include “Perspectives of e4e Stakeholders” and “The e4e Challenge in the Arab World”.
- United Nations Development Programme: Open Data
In an effort to expand access to large data sets and information about their work, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has created this website to provide access to such materials. You can dive right in with the “Exploring the Data” section, and they have the option to look over information organized by country or project. The helpful diagram on the homepage provides a basic visual representation of where the UNDP directs its various resources. Recent data indicates that the top three recipients of UNDP funds are Afghanistan, the Republic of the Sudan, and Zimbabwe. On the right-hand side of the homepage, You can use the “Our Stories” section to learn about how the UNDP deploys its resources in Somalia to support local governance and their work supporting fishermen in Panama. When looking through the countries or projects for data sets, you will note that they can look over the data in a visual format, export it for other uses, and also filter through the dataset.
[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 17, Number 48, December 2, 2011]