Government Data in Migration Research

Advantages, Pitfalls, and Examples

This panel discusses the use of US government data in migration research.

Friday, May 20, 2022
12:00 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.


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Sponsor(s): Center for Study of International Migration