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Measuring and comparing immigration, asylum and naturalization policies across countries: challenges and solutions

Gest, Justin, Boucher, Anna, Challen, Suzanna, Burgoon, Brian, Thielemann, Eiko R., Beine, Michel, McGovern, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-3984-2080, Crock, Mary, Rapoport, Hillel and Hiscox, Michael (2014) Measuring and comparing immigration, asylum and naturalization policies across countries: challenges and solutions. Global Policy, 5 (3). pp. 261-274. ISSN 1758-5880

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1758-5899.12132


Academics and policy makers require a better understanding of the variation of policies that regulate global migration, asylum and immigrant naturalization. At present, however, there is no comprehensive cross-national, time-series database of such policies, rendering the analysis of policy trends across and within these areas difficult at best. Several new immigration databases and indices have been developed in recent years. However, there is no consensus on how best to conceptualize, measure and aggregate migration policy indicators to allow for meaningful comparisons through time and across space. This article discusses these methodological challenges and introduces practical solutions that involve historical, multi-dimensional, disaggregated and transparent conceptualizing, measuring and compiling of cross-national immigration policies. Such an approach informs the International Migration Policy and Law Analysis (IMPALA) database.

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Additional Information: © 2014 University of Durham and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2014 12:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:12
Projects: IMPALA
Funders: University of Sydney’s School of Social and Political, Ian Potter Foundation, Australian Research Council, Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, University of Sydney, British Academy, The London School of Economics and Political Science, Barrow Cadbury Trust, (CIEES), University of Luxembourg, National Research Fund of Luxembourg

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