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Comment: Building a Better Underclass

Author(s): Massey, Douglas S.

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Abstract: When it comes to studying unauthorized migration, there is no perfect data set. The fact that undocumented migrants are clandestine means they necessarily fall outside the reach of the usual statistical systems, and the irregularity and marginality of their position in society makes it difficult to gather information on them using alternative methods. The best one can hope for is a triangulation that gets at the truth from multiple angles using diverse data sources that have complementary strengths and weaknesses. Despite obvious challenges, however, demographers have made considerable progress in assessing the numbers, characteristics, and behavior of undocumented migrants in the United States, especially those from Mexico.
Publication Date: Jun-2013
Electronic Publication Date: 25-Apr-2013
Citation: Massey, Douglas S. (2013). Comment: Building a Better Underclass. Demography, 50 (3), 1093 - 1095. doi:10.1007/s13524-013-0204-6
DOI: doi:10.1007/s13524-013-0204-6
ISSN: 0070-3370
EISSN: 1533-7790
Pages: 1093 - 1095
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Demography
Version: Author's manuscript

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