Government Data in Migration Research
Advantages, Pitfalls, and Examples
This panel discusses the use of US government data in migration research.
Friday, May 20, 202212:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Speakers: Austin Kocher, Caitlin Patler, & Juan Pedroza, Alicia Riley
This panel discusses the use of US government data in migration research, starting with an exploration of the data available through the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, broadly known as the main clearinghouse for government data on migration research. Dr. Kocher will describe TRAC's processes, the epistemological issues with how government knowledge is produced, and various applications of the work in both academic work and in the real world. Dr. Patler will then discuss her experiences submitting FOIA requests to ICE and CBP as an individual academic, as well as partnerships with non-academic entities who have gathered data via FOIA, and present examples from that work. Dr. Pedroza will discuss the trade-offs between survey and administrative data to study immigration-related questions at the individual versus place level. There will be plenty of time for discussion and brainstorming student projects.
Sponsor(s): Center for Study of International Migration