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19 Collections of
Research Abstracts and Links
Available for Your Quick Reference 

      Learn about evidence-based policies and strategies to address human need, build strong communities, boost economic growth, promote immigrant integration, and preserve the American dream


      How does global migration impact local communities? What are the key challenges and opportunities?  In an era of highly-charged debate on immigration, often based on fear and misinformation, what light can the research community shed on these questions?

      This site provides digests of important research dealing with policy options and model practices designed to promote immigrant integration, intergroup understanding, economic revitalization, and organizational success.

      Close to 2,000 abstracts (with links to the full studies) have been grouped into 19 topical collections listed on the navigation bar. The Portal also provides links to events, commentary, and selected media coverage of interest to our readers. See below for latest additions.





February 23, 2024
The Divided Landscape of Indian American Politics
Jeet Heer, The Nation
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February 13, 2024
Immigration reform has always been tough, and rarely happens in election years
Daniel Tichenor, The Conversation
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February 10, 2024
History confirms Republicans rejected a once-in-a-lifetime immigration opportunity
C. Steward Verdery, Jr., The Hill
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February 9, 2024
Mexico is America's Answer to China's Belt and Road
Howard W. French, Foreign Policy
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February 7, 2024
Senate Deal Would Significantly Transform Border Policy
Adriel Orozco, Immigration Impact
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February 5, 2024
Immigrants Make America Stronger and Richer
Paul Krugman, The New York Times
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February 1, 2024
To Fix Immigration, We Have to Fix Asylum
David French, The New York Times
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February 1, 2024
Migration Law Scholar looks at prospects for breaking immigration gridlock in election year
Liz Mineo, The Harvard Gazette
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January 31, 2024
One Big Reason Migrants Are Coming in Droves: They Believe They Can Stay
Miriam Jordan, The New York Times
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January 30, 2024
What Biden Can Do After Another Failed Border Deal
David J. Bier, The New York Times
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January 26, 2024
200 Immigration-Related Bills Have Already Been Introduced in State Legislatures in 2024
Juan Avilez, Immigration Impact
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January 24, 2024
Is Trump's Deportation Plan For Undocumented Immigrants Realistic?
Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes
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January 22, 2024
Immigration overtakes inflation as top voter concern
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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January 22, 2024
Biden administration has admitted more than 1 million migrants into U.S. under parole policy Congress is considering restricting
Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News
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January 22, 2024
On Immigration, Biden Made His Own Bed: The president is still trying to appease his conservative critics
Gaby Del Valle, The Nation
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January 19, 2024
Governor Mills Unveils Plan to Establish an Office of New Americans in Maine State Government
Office of Governor Janet T. Mills
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January 14, 2024
How to Fix America's Immigration Crisis
Steven Rattner & Maureen White, The New York Times
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January 14, 2024
Immigration crackdowns are good politics but bad economics
Ruchir Sharma, Financial Times
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January 13, 2024
Many Older Immigrants in New York Are Struggling
Winnie Hu & Jeffrey E. Singer, The New York Times
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January 12, 2024
Immigration Court Backlogs Continue Into 2024
Tejas Shah, National Law Review
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"Current immigration policies are mismatched with market forces and demographic realities. These mismatches have led to serious dysfunctions in the immigration system -- from illegal migration to untenable backlogs and an overreliance on temporary visas for long-term employment situations. Sustaining the growth of the U.S. labor force and avoiding the accumulation of new unauthorized immigrant populations will require deep reforms to the U.S. immigration system, beyond those contemplated by the Biden administration's legislative proposal."

Muzaffar Chishti et al, "Rethinking the U.S. Legal Immigration System: A Policy Road Map," Migration Policy Institute, 14.
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Study examines how Trump and non-Trump Republicans Differ on Immigration Policy
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Despite the creation of an "Age, Gender, and Diversity Policy" by the U.N. refugee agency, report finds a lack of gender-informed policy and practice within three refugee populations in Asia
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Paper proposes a major "reconceptualization" of the current U.S. asylum system eliminating the "exceptionality" of asylum grants
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Study details the time and steps involved in preparing a complete asylum application
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Study examines, and suggests improvements in, the community consultation process of the U.S. refugee resettlement system
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Paper critiques the lack of coordinated hemispheric response to the displacement of Haitian migrants
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Study examines the impact on origin countries of the migration of trained healthcare workers to developed countries
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Study discusses record-setting increases in global spending on immigration enforcement benefitting companies in the military and security industries but not addressing the push factors of migration
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Paper explains why southern border crossings are happening in an ostensibly legal manner at official ports of entry, rather than illegally at other locations
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What were the top ten migration issues of 2023? Paper attempts to list and explain them
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Essay critiques the plenary powers doctrine which gives Congress and the Executive Branch a blank check to manage immigration, often with racist intent or outcomes
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Michigan issues report on how to remove licensure barriers for foreign-trained medical professionals
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Study explains the gravity of the direct care workforce shortage in the U.S. and recommends a series of bipartisan legislative and administrative solutions to the problem, including immigration reforms
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Study finds that mixed-status immigrant families (where one or more members are undocumented) experience much higher levels of material hardship than other families
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What are the effects of climate change on global migration? New paper seeks to provide some answers
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Report reveals changes in the number and nationality backgrounds of undocumented immigrants over the last decade
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Report calls for a bipartisan effort to implement immigration reforms that would alleviate the grave shortage of direct care workers in the healthcare sector
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Study attempts to measure the positive economic impact of legislation to clear the green card backlog, which has grown to an estimated 7.6 million individuals
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Study estimates the wage gains if asylum seekers are granted work authorization
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