Demographic Observatory No.1: International Migration
In 1968, the Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre (CELADE)-Population Division of ECLAC began publication of the Demographic Bulletin in order to disseminate periodically information prepared by CELADE-Population Division of ECLAC, with collaboration from the national statistical offices, on national population estimates and projections, urban and rural population, economically active population, fertility, mortality and international migration, among other issues. The publication of Demographic Bulletin No. 761 in July 2005 marked the completion of 38 years of publication in printed form and 8 years of dissemination on the Internet. Thanks to new technologies, CELADE-Population Division of ECLAC has been able to distribute the demographic information that it collects and processes to a growing number of increasingly diverse users. This situation has led to the decision for CELADE-Population Division of ECLAC to create a new publication to replace the Demographic Bulletin. This new publication is the Demographic Observatory, which, in addition to offering the information usually published by CELADE-Population Division of ECLAC, will contain an analytical chapter which is intended to introduce the topic to the different users. It will also include a CD-ROM with more detailed information in electronic files. This first issue is on the subject of international migration and, more specifically, on the dissemination of information on persons enumerated in countries other than their country of birth in the 2000 round of population censuses in Latin American countries. It includes the data obtained in the context of the programme on Investigation of International Migration in Latin America (IMILA) and also includes data disseminated by the United States Bureau of Census on people born in Latin American countries and enumerated in the United States in 2000. The analytical chapter reviews the topic of international migration in Latin America and the Caribbean and refers to some characteristics of intraregional migration. It includes a number of tables, the first of which is a matrix of the cumulative stock of migrants from the countries of the region over the last few decades. The subsequent tables contain data on the characteristics of those persons enumerated outside their country of birth, for which the census databases available in CELADE were used. Lastly, the explanatory notes refer to technical details and to limitations of the information.
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