The ethnosurvey in theory and practice

D. S. Massey

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Describes a research approach designed to overcome the limitations of federal immigration statistics and to illuminate the social processes underlying aggregate patterns of migration. The principal weaknesses of existing data sources are that they undernumerate and imperfectly measure undocumented migration; they do not reflect the widespread circularity of modern international movements; they omit variables central to the immigration process; and their cross-sectional collection and tabulation precludes the analysis of immigration as a dynamic process. The ethnosurvey is a research design that ameliorates these problems and is illustrated by a study of Mexican migration to the United States. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1498-1522
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Migration Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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