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      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 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 commentary and selected media coverage of interest to our readers. See below for latest additions.





April 19, 2024
New migrants get work permits. Other undocumented immigrants want them, too
Miriam Jordan & Lydia DePillis, The New York Times
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April 12, 2024
How immigrant workers in US have helped boost job growth and stave off a recession
Paul Wiseman et al, The Associated Press
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April 12, 2024
Trump says migrants are fueling violent crime. Here is what the research shows
Ted Hesson & Mica Rosenberg, Reuters
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April 10, 2024
How immigration is helping the economy defy expectations
Tobias Burns, The Hill
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April 9, 2024
FY 2024 government funding package is a mixed-bag on immigration
Adriel Orozco, American Immigration Council
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April 8, 2024
65,000+ people sign up to sponsor refugees in the first 3 months of Welcome Corps Expansion
Matthew La Corte, Niskanen Center
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April 5, 2024
Migrant border crossings dip in March, with U.S. officials crediting crackdown by Mexico
Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News
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April 4, 2024
Biden administration extends duration of some immigrant work permits
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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April 2, 2024
Immigration needs to address the caregiving shortfall
Benjamin H. Harris & Liam Marshall, Brookings
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April 1, 2024
Four countries that will shape migration in 2024 -- and beyond (Ecuador, China, India, and Colombia)
Gil Guerra, Niskanen Center
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March 29, 2024
How Temporary Protected Status has expanded under the Biden administration
Mohamad Moslimani, Pew Research Center
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March 29, 2024
Distrust of immigrants grows as GOP hammers crime narrative
vana Saric, Axios
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March 27, 2024
EU received 5.1 million immigrants in 2022
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March 22, 2024
Immigration is fueling Us economic growth while politicians rage
Augusta Saraiva & Enda Curran, Bloomberg
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March 21, 2024
Is the Canadian dream broken? Study suggests it might be
Surbhi Bir, Toronto Metropolitan University
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March 20, 2024
The $7 trillion boost to the US economy from immigration has downsides too
Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN Business
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March 13, 2024
Refugees to Receive Work Permits in Just 30 Days Under New USCIS Process
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March 11, 2024
Over a 150-year period, Immigrants have never been incarcerated at a greater rate than those born in the U.S.
Stephanie Kulke, Northwestern Now
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March 8, 2024
Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than U.S.-born Americans, studies find
Jasmine Garst, NPR
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March 8, 2024
Judge Upholds Biden Program Giving Some Immigrants Short-Term Legal Status
Miriam Jordan, The New York Times
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March 7, 2024
House passes immigration bill named after slain Georgia student Laken Riley
Mychael Schnell & Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill
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March 6, 2024
From China to New York by Way of the Southern Border
Winnie Hu & Jeffrey E. Singer, The New York Times
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March 4, 2024
National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) joins other groups to support immigration bill that would recapture unused visas
Kimberly Bonvissuto, McKnights Senior Living
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March 2, 2024
Without immigration reform, the US risks losing the race for AI talent
Jose-Marie Griffiths, The Hill
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February 29, 2024
Biden is trying to fix Trump's broken immigration system
Maria Cardona, The Hill
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February 28, 2024
This is where new migrants are going when they reach the U.S.
Elena Mejia & Lisa Beyer, Bloomberg
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February 27, 2024
Biden's immigration silver lining
Hans Nichols & Stef W. Kight, Axios
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February 23, 2024
New data shows why the U.S. needs more immigrants
Alexia Fernandez Campbell, The Center for Public Integrity
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February 21, 2024
Biden considering major new executive actions to address migrant crisis
Myah Ward, Politico
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February 17, 2024
Trudeau's welcome mat for immigrants wears thin amid Canada housing crunch
Steve Scherer, Reuters
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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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"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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Essay explains the climate challenges faced by Iran due to drought, floods, and extreme heat and the impact of these developments on internal and external migration
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Report summarizes efforts by the U.S. immigration system to achieve greater digital efficiency but points out that these reforms could easily be reversed
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Study reviews state efforts to expand immigrant eligibility for healthcare insurance coverage and discusses the long-term advantages of greater federal and state coverage
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Reports released on the role of immigrants in the New York, Massachusetts, and Michigan healthcare sectors
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Report summarizes legislation introduced in Congress in recent years to admit foreign-trained healthcare workers to fill labor shortages
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Report describes the contributions of DACA recipients to their communities, as well as the barriers they still face lacking security of status and a pathway to citizenship
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Report discusses state efforts to refine K-12 accountability systems so that progress in acquiring English language proficiency is factored into assessments of academic performance
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Report discusses recent state efforts to eliminate systemic barriers to economic and career mobility for immigrant populations
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Paper argues that an increase in immigration alone is not a viable solution to below replacement birth rates in Europe and North America and that governments must promote the "more children model"
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Essay analyzes the severely restrictive immigration policies of the conservative Heritage Foundation, which may serve as a blueprint for immigration policy under a second Trump administration
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Report assesses the growth and effectiveness of private refugee sponsorship programs in Europe and North America
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Report reviews state efforts to expand health insurance coverage for immigrants
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Paper argues that an increase in employment-based immigration will strengthen U.S. national security
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Report urges creation of a "bridge visa" to eliminate shortcomings in the legal immigration system
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New York City Comptroller weighs the impact of recent immigrants on New York's economy
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Research assesses the fiscal impact of the 3 million refugees and asylees resettled in the U.S. since 1980
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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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