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Non-response in a survey among immigrants in Denmark

Non-response in einer Studie unter Immigranten in Dänemark
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Deding, Mette; Fridberg, Torben; Jakobsen, Vibeke

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Abstract "The purpose of this paper is to analyse the character of response bias in a Danish survey among native Danes and immigrants from Turkey, Iran and Pakistan and thus enable the tailoring of future surveys to particular immigrants groups. The authors find that both contact rates and cooperation rates are lower for immigrants, leading to a significantly lower overall response rate. They also find important differences between groups - immigrants from Pakistan are especially difficult to reach, while refusals are particularly high among those from Turkey. Language is likewise important as a very large share of women could not be interviewed in Danish. The authors analyse not only the determinants of the probability of contact and the probability of cooperation but also the determinants of overall nonresponse, by looking at individual characteristics and observable interviewer characteristics. They find that the characteristics of the sample persons are important for both contact and cooperation rates, with different factors affecting each. Yet none of the observable interviewer characteristics appear to affect the response rate. Furthermore, after controlling for all the other variables, they find that the lower probability of response among immigrants compared to native Danes persists. The analysis clearly points to the need for tailoring surveys directed to immigrant groups to avoid response bias." (author's abstract)
Keywords Denmark; research documentation; research results; research process; migrant; migration research; contact; cooperation; willingness to cooperate; knowledge of languages; culture; comparison; explanation; probability; interview; situation; observation
Classification Research Design; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; Migration, Sociology of Migration
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 107-121
Journal Survey Research Methods, 2 (2008) 3
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications