International Development & Migration

Resources for researching international development and migration may include data from subscription databases, publicly available data portals or archived academic projects. Some suggestions are:

Annual time series data for over 1,600 indicators. Topics include national accounts, trade, government finance, and external debt.

A resource for theory and research in international affairs. Access is given to databases, reports, working papers and other outputs in the field of international development. Content is updated monthly.

Migration flow, policy and visa databases compiled by the International Migration Institute (IMI).

DEMIG policy data tracks more than 6,500 migration policy changes enacted by 45 countries around the world mostly in the 1945-2013 period.

DEMIG TOTAL data reports immigration, emigration and net migration flows for up to 161 countries covering various periods of time from the early 1800s to 2011, disaggregating total flows of citizens and foreigners whenever possible.

DEMIG C2C (country-to-country) database contains bilateral migration flow data for 34 reporting countries and from up to 236 countries over the 1946–2011 period. It includes data for inflows, outflows and net flows, respectively for citizens, foreigners and/or citizens and foreigners combined, depending on the reporting countries.

Imagining Europe from the Outside investigates the impact of perceptions of human rights and democracy on migration aspirations and decisions.

One of the main aims of this European survey is the collection of statistics on industry, trade consumption and living conditions. Collection of data on population includes categories for international migrations and asylum as well as immigration by sex and immigration by country of previous residence.

The Human Development Index report presents agenda-setting data and analysis on economic, social, political, and cultural issues.

A continuing annual programme of survey collaborations that adds a cross-national, cross-cultural perspective to the individual, national studies. Special topics have included the environment, migration, the role of government, social inequality, the impact of religious background, behaviour, and beliefs on social and political preferences, and national identity. Participating countries vary for each topical module.

A resource on data and methodology developed during a number of related migration research projects (Mexican migration survey, legalised population survey, health and migration survey) to investigate migration flows into the United States of America and throughout Latin America.

The IDS online databases cover bilateral, multilateral and private donors’ aid and other resource flows to developing countries.

The Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR) collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937. It includes a wealth of textual and statistical material and provides an in-depth view of the economy, society (through births, deaths and marriages) and medicine during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is also popularly known as the Histpop project.

A major source for global monthly, quarterly and annual data and statistics on international development and trade. Issues to do with development and migration are covered in depth. Most of these surveys are made available through the UK Data Service but further analysis and commentary is provided by the OECD iLibrary with direct links to international migration statistics, social and welfare statistics and indicators on demography, migration and population by region.

Theorising the Evolution of European Migration Systems was a four-year project which took a fresh look at how patterns of migration to Europe develop.

The United Nations Demographic Yearbook collects, compiles and disseminates official statistics collected annually on topics such as births and deaths, ethnicity, population size and composition and marriage. Coverage is from 1948 until 2013.

A collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates. Data comprises over 800 indicators covering more than 150 economies and lists topics such as agriculture and rural development, aid effectiveness, economy and growth, infrastructure and urban development.

A networked CD-ROM database containing 1500 indicators of macroeconomic, sectoral and social data, covering 53 African countries. Time series include data from 1970 to 1998. It includes two sets of tables: At-A-Glance and African Development Indicators 2000. It also contains two different tools for data display: Query and African Briefings. Accessing this resource requires you to download the OxLIP+ Thin Client software.

Further resources on this theme may be found by using SOLO, OxLIP+ and the relevant library LibGuides.

Recommendations for additions to this list are always welcome. Please email the Bodleian Data Library with suggestions.

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