You may not know a lot about every part of the world you'll be studying this semester. Here are some sources to get a quick summary of a country's or region's history and culture.
Depending on your topic, you might need to find out what is happening right now in the country of your text. Newspapers are a great way to do this.
UN Global Migration Database - The United Nations keeps excellent data on all the migrations around the world. Check out the Data and the Publications tabs.
OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) -- The OECD collects and analyses data and makes recommendations to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Two ways to search - search this Migration topic page or go to the Countries tab and select your country of destination.
Migration Policy Institute - The MPI is a nonpartisan thinktank that looks at global migration issues. SO much data!
The World Bank - The World Bank looks at global migration, especially with respect to remittance payments (sending money home.)
United Nations Statistics Division -- The UN collects statistics for every nation. This page brings together all their migration statistics.
UNESCO -- UNESCO is the United Nation's Education, Scientific, and Cultural group. The webpage is also available in Spanish if you click at the top left. Search your country under the "Countries" dropdown menu or check out the section on International Migration.
Pew Research Center Global Attitudes & Trends -- Pew not only does excellent reporting on statistics and public opinion in the US (check out their great research on Hispanics) but they also survey people from all over the world about global issues. Search your country in the box or "migration" - check out this interesting fact sheet.
Latinobarometro -- Based in Chile, this company does annual public opinion polls of 18 Latin American countries. In Spanish!