Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees: Global Perspectives, 1941-1996
From the Archives of the Central Intelligence Agency

Quick Facts

  • A fully searchable digital archive that covers all aspects of 20th-century human migration
  • An invaluable tool for researching one of the most gripping subjects of our time
  • Firsthand reports and global analysis not available anywhere else that support a wide range of academic disciplines


For wide-ranging perspectives on human migration that stretch far beyond the borders of the United States, Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees: Global Perspectives, 1941-1996, is an unparalleled new resource. This fully searchable digital archive includes firsthand accounts from reputable sources around the world, covering such important events as post-World War II Jewish resettlement, South African apartheid, Latin American migrations to the United States and much more.

Global perspectives on global issues
The news and analysis in Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees: Global Perspectives comes from reports gathered every day between the early 1940s and 1996 by a U.S. government organization that became part of the CIA . These include translated and English-language radio and television broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals and government documents. Additionally, the archive contains one-of-a-kind analysis of the reports. Together, these sources constitute the only digital research tool that brings together local perspectives and global insight on immigration in the mid-to-late 20th century. In addition, the interface enables students and scholars to easily browse the collection by a broad range of topics, each providing highly relevant results for users at all levels.

From World War II to the Cold War and beyond
Human migration affects every corner of the globe. Beginning with the aftermath of World War II—which saw vast changes to European demographics, politics and economies—Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees: Global Perspectives, 1941-1996, continues to cover changes resulting from the Cold War, the first Gulf War and other sources of international upheaval. From firsthand reporting in refugee camps to government-level analysis on migration patterns, this comprehensive new resource is essential to anyone researching 20th-century world history. It also covers controversial issues such as ethnic friction and xenophobia, religious movements, border issues, the treatment of refugees and more.

Meets many needs: A breadth of research potential
Today, immigration, migration and refugees are among the most-searched topics in libraries in both the United States and Europe. In addition to providing historical context that is vital to understanding today’s news and issues, Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees: Global Perspectives, 1941-1996, provides insight into world economics, international relations, political science, foreign trade, human rights and countless other topics. With more than five decades of content from dozens of countries, it is an indispensable resource for libraries worldwide.

20th-Century Global Perspectives
In addition to Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees: Global Perspectives, 1941-1996, closely related collections—also from the Archives of the Central Intelligence Agency—include The Cold War: Global Perspectives on East-West Tensions, 1945-1991; Apartheid: Global Perspectives, 1946-1996; American Race Relations: Global Perspectives, 1941-1996; and Middle East and North Africa: Global Perspectives, 1958-1994.



“The Immigration, Migrations and Refugees database is a timely archival resource for students, scholars and reference librarians dealing with political science, international studies, population studies and world history topics….But, the most important aspect of the database is that it gives a global perspective from newspapers, government documents and broadcasts worldwide….This information could be used in a variety of disciplines or for anyone interested in what motivates people to leave their homelands, often with very little choice in the matter. Scholars working on projects regarding movements of populations will find it essential, and students could also find it a useful source of primary source historical documents.”
— Jamie Bloss, Readers Services Librarian, University of the South Pacific in Reference Reviews (2017)

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