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The Measurement of the International Migration of Women: Data Sources and Methodological Issues

Citation

Bilsborrow, Richard E. & Zlotnik, Hania (1994). The Measurement of the International Migration of Women: Data Sources and Methodological Issues. Sociological Abstracts, 42(7), 94S27548.

Abstract

The collapse of "sovietism" & the imminent demise of communism have encouraged Western European & North American countries to in­tensify their pressures on non-Western countries with single-party & / or military dictatorships to change to multiparty, democratically elected governments. Already several countries in Africa, including Ghana, Ke­nya, Tanzania, & Nigeria, have yielded, or are about to succumb, to this pressure. Focus here is on Nigeria, examining the potential consequences of a change to democracy for obtaining & using data generated &/or collected by governments, agencies of governments, government­sponsored research in private organizations, & international organiza­tions. It is argued that, to the extent that restriction of access to informa­tion is a common strategy for political control in a single-party or mili­tary dictatorships, the return to multiparty, democratically elected gov­ernments should facilitate access to public data. However, the anticipat­ed benefit of easier access to public data may not be fully realized if there is no improvement in the current data organization, storage, & preserva­tion practices in Nigeria.

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

1994

Journal Title

Sociological Abstracts

Author(s)

Bilsborrow, Richard E.
Zlotnik, Hania