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The immigrant population is usually defined in one of two ways. Some countries have traditionally focused on producing data that represents foreign nationals (European countries and Japan) whilst others refer to the foreign-born (Australia, Canada and the United States).

This difference in focus relates in part to the nature and the history of immigration systems and legislation on citizenship and Naturalisation.

Source Publication:
Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 1, United Nations, New York, 1998, para. 2.145.

Statistical Theme: Demographic and population statistics - Migration statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, March 5, 2003