Definition: Country of birth
Country of birth is the country where a person was born, that is the country of usual residence of mother at the time of the birth.
Native-born - Person born in the country of residence (country of survey/enumeration).
Foreign-born - Person born in other country than country of residence (country of survey/enumeration).
Information on country of birth should be obtained in accordance with the national boundaries existing at the time of data collection.
This item will identify migrants to a country and will permit analyses comparing the circumstances of migrants to native-born residents. In the context of free movement of persons across the EU it is important to be able to examine the relationship between migration and for example social exclusion. Of course, a small sample sizes will not be sufficient for any more than an overview of this issue.
Eurostat, "Task Force on Core Social Variables. Final report", Methodologies and Working Papers, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2007