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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 1,500 abstracts (with links to the full studies) have been grouped into 15 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.







September 24, 2018
Trump is proposing a regulation that could change the face of legal immigration -- by restricting low-income immigrants
Dara Lind, Vox
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September 16, 2018
Our policies on immigration should be forward-thinking
Ruth Ellen Wasem, The Hill
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September 12, 2018
Repeating anti-immigrant screeds doesn't make them true
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
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September 3, 2018
Immigrants, Fearing Trump Crackdown, Drop Out of Nutrition Programs
Helene Bottemiller Evich, Politico
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August 31, 2018
Dean of Duke's Business School: Trump's Immigration Policy Could Make the U.S. an 'Economic Dinosaur'
John Byrne, Forbes
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August 30, 2018
Who's Afraid of a White Minority?
Thomas B. Edsall, The New York Times
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August 29, 2018
Honor bipartisan legacy of John McCain with immigration reform
Matthew Soerens, The Hill
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August, 2018
Through the Back Door: Remaking the Immigration System via the Expected "Public Charge" Rule
Jeanne Batalova, Michael Fix, & Mark Greenberg, MPI Commentary
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August 20, 2018
The Immigrant Grandparents America Needs
Stacy Torres & Xuemei Cao, The New York Times
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August 15, 2018
How Trump Radicalized ICE
Franklin Foer, The Atlantic Magazine
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August 14, 2018
Family Separation Isn't New: U.S. immigration policy has traumatized migrant children and parents for nearly a century
Natalie Escobar, The Atlantic
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August 13, 2018
Stephen Miller is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I'm His Uncle.
David S. Glosser, Politico
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August 10, 2018
Trump's New War on Immigrants
Masha Gessen, The New Yorker
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August 6, 2018
Anti-immigration, like pro-immigration, is a legitimate political position
Yuval Noah Harari, The Economist
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August 2, 2018
Neil Sedaka's 1975 song revived for anti-immigrant era
Robert Morrison, The Conversation
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August 1, 2018
Why baby boomers need immigrants to fund their retirement
Alexia Fernandez Campbell, Vox
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July 31, 2018
Forget the wall already, it's time for the U.S. to have open borders
Jeffrey Miron, USA Today
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July 27, 2018
Trump's Immigration Trap
Christopher R. Hill, Project Syndicate
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July 24, 2018
Watch What Happens When You Push Away Skilled Immigrants
Noah Smith, Bloomberg
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July 20, 2018
Those who deny birthright citizenship get the Constitution wrong
Elizabeth Wydra, The Washington Post
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July 14, 2018
We Need to Offer More than Asylum
Roberto Suro, The New York Times
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July 11, 2018
How cities help immigrants feel at home: 4 charts
Ernesto Castaneda, The Conversation
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July 11, 2018
The travel ban in numbers: Why families and refugees lose big
Raquel Aldana, The Conversation
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July 10, 2018
Racial resentment is the biggest predictor of immigration attitudes, study finds
Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post
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July 2, 2018
For Democrats, Immigration Is a Political Problem Without a Policy Solution
Eric Levitz, New York
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June 27, 2018
Don't Feed the Troll in the Oval Office

Thomas B. Edsall, The New York Times
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June 27, 2018
There is No Immigration Crisis

Peter Beinart, The Atlantic
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June 26, 2018
Violence drives immigration from Central America
Sarah Bermeo, Brookings
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June 26, 2018
GOP increasingly opposes legal --not just illegal -- immigration
Ronald Brownstein, CNN
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June 25, 2018
Why care about undocumented immigrants? For one thing, they've become vital to key sectors of the US economy
Mary Jo Dudley, The Conversation
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June 21, 2018
Return of the Blood Libel
Paul Krugman, The New York Times
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June 21, 2019
Our Real Immigration Problem
Bret Stephens, The New York Times
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June 18, 2018
The Rise of the Amnesty Thugs
David Brooks, The New York Times
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June 14, 2018
How Much Can Democrats Count on Suburban Liberals?
Thomas B. Edsall, The New York Times
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June 4, 2018
The Long History of Child-Snatching
Tera W. Hunter, The New York Times
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June 1-7, 2018
How to convince skeptics of the value of immigration?
Philippe Legrain, The Economist
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June 1, 2018
Another cruel and dehumanizing presidential tirade on immigration
Vicki Gass, Oxfam America
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"White nationalism is in many ways a mirror image of radical Islamism. Both share a nostalgic obsession with a purist form of identity: for one, a medieval Islamic state; for the other, a white nation unpolluted by immigrant blood. If the influence of white nationalists continues to grow, they will eventually seek to trample the rights of immigrants and minorities and dismiss courts and constitutions as anti-democratic because they don't reflect the supposed preferences of 'the people.' Their rise threatens to transform countries that we once thought of as icons of liberalism into democracies only in name."

Sashan Polakow-Suransky, "White Nationalism is Destroying the West, The New York Times, Oct. 12, 2017.
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MPI reports on the "patchwork of responses" to the massive exodus of Venezuelans to other countries in Latin America
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CMS report details how refugees "help to define, strengthen, and revitalize the United States"
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GCIR report suggests strategies that foundations can pursue to help refugees and asylum seekers and the embattled organizations that work with them
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Paper argues for a more inclusive immigrant rights strategy that doesn't pit one group against another
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MPI updates its profile of European immigrants in the United States, including European "diaspora groups"
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MPI convenes a meeting of experts on high-skilled immigration to prepare a "state of the field" report
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Welcoming Economies and Global Detroit release "Playbook" for communities interested in unlocking the economic potential of immigrants and refugees
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Researchers challenge the inevitability of a low-wage, exploitive "secondary" labor market and cite examples of how "lateral" involvement on the part of civic sector organizations can complement and support the "vertical" labor law enforcement efforts of government
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Paper finds that the 2013 Senate-passed immigration reform bill would produce substantially more economic benefits for the American people than the Trump-supported Raise Act of 2017
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Wharton paper calls attention to the role that immigrants play in stimulating foreign investment in the United States
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National Academies of Science Task Force raises strong objections to the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 census
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Article critiques the seldom-discussed but growing practice of granting immigrant visas to "high value" foreign investors
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Arguing that education and training can help immigrants close the "middle-skills gap," Urban Institute report highlights promising practices and effective strategies to upskill the immigrant population
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MPI produces a guide to help school systems design effective programs to serve English language Learners
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In an addendum to an earlier report, National Partnership calls attention to the growing backlog of naturalization applications and worries that it may reflect a deliberate effort on the part of the Trump administration to suppress voting in the U.S.
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Report calls attention to the impressive scientific contributions of the children of immigrants and identifies several factors accounting for their success
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Study examines the differences and similarities between immigrant and native-born entrepreneurs and the businesses they create
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National Immigration Forum releases fact sheet on the economic contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs
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Paper argues that the U.S. has a long history of exploiting immigrant labor and identifies some of the factors that permit these "vestiges of chattel slavery" to persist
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Paper challenges the journalistic consensus that there is an economic basis for anti-immigrant attitudes and finds that "racial resentment" is a much stronger predictive force
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Scholars produce summary of research on the topic of immigrants and crime, observe that there is a generally inverse relationship between the two, and describe institutional forces that push a false narrative of immigrant criminality to advance their vested interests
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Report discusses how employers have taken steps to integrate refugees into their workforces and how employers have benefitted in the process
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Colorado study attempts to quantify the positive return on investment from state expenditures to support the resettlement of refugees
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Written for a European audience, MPI report calls for an "analytical revolution," premised on the use of cost-benefit analysis, to determine the effectiveness of various approaches to the labor market integration of refugees
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Pew produces statistical portrait of immigrants in Philadelphia and notes their role in fueling the population resurgence of the city
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Study finds improvements in "happiness" levels among immigrants and native-born persons and suggests "that human migration contributes to a happier world"
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MPI publishes an analysis of the impact of the Trump administration proposal to expand the definition of "public charge" as a way of reducing the flow of immigrants to the U.S.
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Paper traces the development of language rights through the regulation-setting process
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Article suggests that the courts should extend constitutional scrutiny to immigration enforcement activities because of their negative impact on labor rights in the U.S.
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Study documents the baneful influence of for-profit prison corporations on the U.S. immigration detention system
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Vera Institute report finds no evidence that "zero tolerance" approaches actually work to deter unauthorized border crossings
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