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The special migration statistics: a vital resource for research into British migration

Rees, P; Duke-Williams, O; (1994) The special migration statistics: a vital resource for research into British migration. Working Paper - University of Leeds, School of Geography , 94 (20)

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Abstract

This paper describes a new data set from the 1991 Census called the special migration statistics (SMS). These consist of interaction data of some complexity. Before they were released for general use by the UK social science and geographic community, it was essential to understand and to thoroughly check the data. Checks of two kinds were carried out: external and internal. The external checks involved comparison of counts of migrants resident in an area with those previously published in the 1991 Census Small Area Statistics. The internal checks compared migrant totals with the sum of area to area flows. The SMS passes the full set of tests and users can be confident when using the statistics to describe migration in Britain in the year prior to the 1991 Census. The checks proved invaluable in uncovering errors of data transmission which occurred during the transfer of the multitape files, and the checking program developed will prove invaluable for users in the perior prior to the creation of a full SMS database accessible via a commercial software package. The software is described in the paper and examples of its use outlined. The paper summarises the pattern of migration revealed by the statistics for two illustrative spatial systems: wards in a large northern city and regions in Great Britain. -from Authors

Type: Article
Title: The special migration statistics: a vital resource for research into British migration
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1455471
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