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Sampling and surveying hard-to-reach populations for demographic research: a study of female labor migrants in Moscow, Russia

Citation

Agadjanian, Victor & Zotova, Natalya (2012). Sampling and surveying hard-to-reach populations for demographic research: a study of female labor migrants in Moscow, Russia. Demographic Research, 26(5), 131-150.

Abstract

Because household-based survey designs are notoriously ineffective in studying hard-to-reach groups such as irregular migrants, these groups, however numerically large they may be, are rarely represented in demographic analyses. In this paper, we report on the application of a workplace-based stratified probability sampling design, response rate, and item-specific refusals in a recent study of irregular female migrants from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan working in bazaars, eateries, and small retail outlets in Moscow, Russia. We argue that workplace-based survey, while not flawless, provides a uniquely feasible and cost-effective tool for studying irregular migrants and other marginalized groups.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2012.26.5

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2012

Journal Title

Demographic Research

Author(s)

Agadjanian, Victor
Zotova, Natalya