Surveying Ethnic Minorities and Immigrant Populations

Methodological Challenges and Research Strategies

Edited by Joan Font and Mónica Méndez

Surveying Ethnic Minorities and Immigrant Populations

Edited by Joan Font and Mónica Méndez

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

296 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9789089645432 Published June 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
What challenges do researchers face when surveying immigrant populations and ethnic minorities? What are the best ways to ensure that general population surveys adequately represent minority groups?  The first book to systematically address these questions, this volume analyzes more than a dozen surveys conducted in eight Western countries on topics ranging from politics to health. These case studies—which include local and national surveys with various levels of funding—offer valuable lessons about dealing with a range of methodological challenges.

1 Introduction: The methodological challenges of surveying populations of immigrant origin           


2          Designing high-quality surveys of ethnic minority groups

in the United Kingdom           

3          The 2007 Spanish National Immigrant Survey (ENI): Sampling from the Padrón     

3.2       International migrations and the Spanish statistical system    

3.3       Role of the ENI in supplying information on international migrations in Spain         

4          Enhancing  representativeness in highly dynamic settings: Lessons from the NEPIA survey


5          The influence of interviewers’ ethnic background in a survey among Surinamese in the Netherlands           

5.2       Existing research on response effects and race of interviewer effects

6          Surveying migrants and migrant associations in Stockholm   

7          Comparing the response rates of autochthonous and migrant populations in nominal sampling surveys: The LOCALMULTIDEM study in Madrid           

7.2       Response rates in survey research: What do we know about interviewing immigrants?         

7.4       Comparing the response rates of migrant-background and autochthonous individuals           160

7.5       Does trying harder pay off? The success of refusal conversion and additional location attempts      

8          Non-response among immigrants in Denmark           

8.2       Hypotheses linking characteristics of sample persons and interviewers with contact and cooperation

8.3       Population sampling of immigrants and Danes          


9          Immigration and general population surveys in Spain: The CIS surveys         

10        An evaluation of Spanish questions on the 2006 and 2008 US General Social Surveys

10.3  The 2006 GSS: Some data on the coverage of Hispanic population     

10.4  Differences in socio-demographic profile of Hispanics 

10.5  Differences in attitudes, behaviours and other non-demographic variables      

11        Under-representation of foreign minorities in cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys in Switzerland          


12        Surveying immigrant populations: Methodological strategies, good practices and open questions

12.2  Deciding on the target population, sampling frames and

sampling strategies     

Review Quotes
Howard Schuman | University of Michigan
“Even survey methodologists and researchers who are not directly concerned with immigration as such will gain from reading the book and keeping it as a reference.”
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