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Estimating Internal Migration in Contemporary Mexico and its Relevance in Gridded Population Distributions

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Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York, New York, NY 10010, USA
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CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, City University of New York, New York, NY 10010, USA
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Population Program and Geography Department, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
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Department of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
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Received: 1 December 2018 / Revised: 19 March 2019 / Accepted: 27 March 2019 / Published: 4 April 2019
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Abstract

Given downward trends in fertility and mortality, population dynamics –and thus the
estimation of spatially-explicit population dynamics and gridded population and derivative
products– are increasingly sensitive to mobility processes and their changes in spatiality. In this
paper, we present a procedure to produce origin-destination intermunicipal/intercounty and
interstate migration matrices, briefly discussing their use and application in gridded population
products. To illustrate our approach, we produce total and sex-specific matrices with information
from the 2000 and 2010 Mexican Census long-form 10% surveys. We share the code required to
reproduce the extraction of these and for potentially at least another 122 country-periods based on
harmonized publicly-available data from IPUMS International, which allow for the addition of
ancillary social and economic data and individual and household levels, or IPUMS Terra, which
further allow for GIS-based mapping, visualization, and manipulation and for the merging of
important contextual, e.g., environmental, data. Besides discussing the likely limitations of these
measures, using official projections from the Mexican government, we illustrate how
migration/mobility data improve the estimation of spatial/gridded population dynamics. We wrap
up with a call for the collection of more adequate, spatially-explicit data on residential mobility and
migration globally.
Keywords: internal migration; residential mobility; gridded population products; spatial population distributions internal migration; residential mobility; gridded population products; spatial population distributions
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Jones, B.; Riosmena, F.; Simon, D.H.; Balk, D. Estimating Internal Migration in Contemporary Mexico and its Relevance in Gridded Population Distributions. Data 2019, 4, 50.

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