Sampling migrants in six European countries

how to develop a comparative design?

Hans-Jürgen Andress, Romana Careja

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This article discusses the possibilities and constraints of designing an identical or at least comparable sampling strategy across different European countries. It is based on expert reviews from six European Union member states that discuss the possibilities of sampling migrants in their respective countries. The country sample includes two countries from Northern Europe (Sweden, Denmark), two from Continental Europe (Germany, The Netherlands), and two from Southern Europe (Spain, Italy). After a discussion of various definitions of the target population and an overview of existing strategies to sample them, it is investigated which of them can be used in the six countries analyzed in the expert reviews. The focus is on probability samples and the use of population registers, while other sampling strategies are only briefly touched upon. The analysis shows that even with only six European countries an identical register-based sampling design is difficult. The authors propose that, by focusing on sampling immigrants in cities, researchers can better implement sampling strategies which result in comparable samples.
Original languageEnglish
Article number33
JournalComparative Migration Studies
Volume6
Number of pages21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1. Dec 2018

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Sampling migrants in six European countries : how to develop a comparative design? / Andress, Hans-Jürgen; Careja, Romana.

In: Comparative Migration Studies , Vol. 6, 33, 01.12.2018.

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