Surveying immigrants in Southern Europe: Spanish and Italian strategies in comparative perspective

Comparative Migration Studies. 2017;5(1):1-18 DOI 10.1186/s40878-017-0060-4


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Journal Title: Comparative Migration Studies

ISSN: 2214-594X (Online)

Publisher: SpringerOpen

Society/Institution: IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion)

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Communities. Classes. Races: Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology: City population. Including children in cities, immigration

Country of publisher: Netherlands

Language of fulltext: English

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Inmaculada Serrano Sanguilinda (National Research Council, CSIC)
Elisa Barbiano di Belgiojoso (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)
Amparo González Ferrer (National Research Council, CSIC)
Stefania Maria Lorenza Rimoldi (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)
Gian Carlo Blangiardo (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)


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Abstract | Full Text

Abstract Italy and Spain, as countries of recent immigration and high irregularity rates, have struggled to adapt their statistical system, especially their population registers, to adequately reflect the presence of an increasing number of immigrants in their territory. The population registers of the two countries have adapted differently to these changing realities: Spain introduced significant improvements in Padrón which have increased its coverage and accuracy. This is still not the case in Italy, making it necessary to resort to non-random sampling methods. The paper discusses the methodological implications of these differences and evaluates different methodological solutions based on both random and non-random sampling methods in both countries.