Identifying Indigenous Mexican and Central American Immigratnts in Survey Research
To respond to the increased number of indigenous Mexicans and Central Americans entering the United States, the National Agricultural Worker Survey enhanced its questionnaire to address issues of unfamiliar categories, language and cultural factors and fear of discrimination that affect indigenous identification. The results demonstrate, that allowing respondents to specify their “other” race and asking about multiple language fluencies better identified the population. Different combinations of traditional and enhanced race and language questions identified four to eighteen percent of the survey’s population as indigenous. Moreover, indigenous respondents’ answers to the race question varied by Latin American sending region.
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