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19 Collections of
Migration-Related Research Abstracts
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.

      More than 1,500 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.





May 17, 2021
Tucker Carlson's cries about immigrants have a disturbing 19th-century parallel
Zachary M. Schrag, The Washington Post
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May 11, 2021
Immigration emerges as a policy response to slowed US growth
Suzanne Monyak Roll Call
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May 11, 2021
How updating an old Herbert Hoover law would offer new hope to undocumented immigrants
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times
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May 5, 2021
Immigrants to the Rescue: for countries facing a demographic crisis, immigrants are the answer
John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus
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May 3, 2021
Immigrants Vote With Their Feet for Greater Freedom
Ilya Somin, Reason
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May 1, 2021
Biden's chaotic immigration policy
Ruben Navarrette, Jr., Las Vegas Review-Journal
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April 30, 2021
An Old Immigration Program Could Help Solve Our New Border Problems
Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes
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April 28, 2021
The Original Sin of America's Broken Immigration Courts
Isabela Dias, Mother Jones
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April 27, 2021
Some bad news about our future gives Biden a big opening (on immigration). Will he seize it?
Greg Sargent, The Washington Post
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April 23, 2021
Can two former presidents unravel the immigration knot?
Hugh Hewitt, The Washington Post
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April 21, 2021
Reconciliation May Not Solve Democrats' Immigration Woes
Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine
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April 19, 2021
What America would look like with zero immigration
Justin Gest, CNN Opinion
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May, 2021
America Never Wanted the Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses
Caitlin Dickerson, The Atlantic
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April 16, 2021
Immigration is a defining asset of the United States. Here's how to restore confidence in our system
George W. Bush, The Washington Post
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April 14, 2021
The Sensible Border Fix Protectionists Will Hate
Noah Smith, Bloomberg Opinion
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April 14, 2021
What Tom Friedman misses about our current immigration challenges
Greg Sargent, The Washington Post
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April 13, 2021
We Need a High Wall With a Big Gate on the Southern Border
Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times
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April 12, 2021
Huge Trump-era and pandemic immigrant visa backlog poses challenge for Biden
Bob Ortega, CNN Investigates
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April 5, 2021
The border can't be our only concern. The U.S. needs and immigrant integration policy
Francisco Lara-Garcia, Los Angeles Times
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April 9, 2021
New Immigration Policy Is Opening Doors for Mixed-Status Families
Sasha Abramsky, The Nation
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April 7, 2021
Immigration bill would help keep STEM grad students in U.S. -- but must include more majors
Christopher L. Eisgruber & Robert J. Jones, ROI-NJ
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April 6, 2021
'Fixing' the immigration crisis: The decisive point
Geoffrey S. Corn & Alyssa N. Shallenberger, The Hill
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April 5, 2021
Why American farms need immigration reform
Danilo Zak, The Hill
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"At a time when Americans often seem more defined by what divides us rather than the ties that bind us, people may have few opportunities, and less appetite, to find common cause with each other. Yet the nation's democracy depends on our social cohesion, a shared vision of the future, and embracing a spirit of what is possible when we all work together. Strengthening the well-being and prosperity of all residents and what connects us as neighbors and Americans is more critical today than ever. Reinforcing social cohesion requires leadership engagement, positive communications, and building meaningful contact across difference."

Susan Downs-Karkos, Innovations in Building Meaningful Contact Across Difference, 1.
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Cato publishes "The Most Common Arguments Against Immigration and Why They're Wrong"
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Report claims that the Trump administration's anti-immigrant legacy will live on in the decisions of his appointed immigration judges, many lacking knowledge of immigration law and policy, who have ruled in favor of deportation in 87 percent of cases (compared to 58 percent of all judges)
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Cato survey explores how Americans think about immigration, as well as the beliefs and values underlying their thinking
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MPI paper documents the disproportionate reliance of immigrants on public transit and argues that their dependence on public transit should be factored into transit planning and resource allocation decisions
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Paper argues that the "public charge" provisions of immigration law are antiquated and incompatible with the development and mission of contemporary benefits programs 
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Study finds that the entry-level salaries of H-1B immigrant workers are 30 percent higher than the salaries of their U.S.-born counterparts
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Paper describes the vital role played by undocumented immigrants in the U.S. economy
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Study argues for a doubling of annual immigration to maintain the position of the U.S. as the world's largest economy
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Paper argues for a social justice framework for adult education programs in the U.S. in order to empower learners and address "intersectional" challenges
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Paper critiques government use of the term "hard-to-serve" to describe immigrant and other adult learners
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MPI paper examines the impact of climate change -- specifically years of drought in Central America --- on the decision of farmers in Guatemala to migrate, and suggests steps that can be taken to help them cope with changing conditions
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Paper discusses how developed countries, through a strategy of "distancing refugees," have shifted responsibility for the world's refugees and asylum seekers on less developed countries
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CMS paper examines a less publicized family separation crisis, i.e. the dilemma of asylum applicants with family members in other countries, whose asylum applications are in limbo because of the Trump era "last-in, first-out" policy, and who remain separated from family members for prolonged periods
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Paper suggests ways that higher education institutions can create educational opportunities for at-risk refugee students
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United Nations paper urges governments to release immigrants from detention for the duration of the COVID crisis and cites best practices in non-custodial, community-based care from other countries
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Paper from the Bipartisan Policy Center examines alternatives to detention (ATD) programs in other countries and finds that they have high compliance rates and relatively low costs
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Paper from the American Immigration Council examines the underlying "sacred" beliefs that are predictive of pro- or anti-immigration attitudes and suggests that finding common ground among core values, rather than any kind of cost-benefit analysis of immigration, might be a better starting point for dialogue on immigration policy
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Science paper argues that a different form of social capital is necessary in ethnically diverse societies
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Upwardly Global publishes report urging a series of legislative and administrative steps to reduce barriers facing internationally trained immigrants and refugees
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections