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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.







November 27, 2018
We Need a High Wall with a Big Gate
Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times
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November 24, 2018
Don't Bet on Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the New Congress
Priscilla Alvarez, The Atlantic
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November 12, 2018
Caravan To Nowhere: Five Fallacies That Stall Immigration Discourse
Rajshree Agarwal, Forbes
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November 12, 2018
Republicans must learn from the election mistake on immigration
Jordan Bruneau, The Hill
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November 8, 2018
When Environmentalism Meets Xenophobia
Gaby Del Valle, The Nation
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November 1, 2018
Measuring immigration's role in U.S. rise as economic power
Mike Cummings, Yale News
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October 26, 2018
Democrats Can't Keep Dodging Immigration As a Real Issue
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine
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October 26, 2018
I'm a Child of Immigrants. And I Have a Plan to Fix Immigration
Sonia Nazario, The New York Times
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October 25, 2018
We need to talk about integration after migration. Here are four ways we can improve it
Anne Gallagher, World Economic Forum
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October 17, 2018
Liberals need a new approach to immigration
Editorial, The Economist
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October 16, 2018
The nuanced arguments of America's smartest immigration restrictionists
Rachel Lu, The Week
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October 11, 2018
DHS rule change would harm immigrant, citizen health outcomes
Kathryn Pitkin Derose, The Hill
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October 10, 2018
The Democrats Have an Immigration Problem
Robert Draper, The New York Times
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October 3, 2018
The World's First Immigration Economy
Salvatore Babones, Foreign Policy
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October 1, 2018
Trump Wants to Turn the Safety Net Into a Trap
Bryce Covert, The New York Times
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September 26, 2018
Trump's Latest Immigration Curbs Threaten Older Adults Who Need Personal Care
Howard Gleckman, Forbes
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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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"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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Using new methodology, Yale study substantially revises upward the estimated number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
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MPI updates its profile of Houston's immigrant communities with particular attention to their changing legal service needs caused by harsh Trump administration immigration and deportation policies
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New American Economy (NAE) develops a methodology for ranking the effectiveness of America's 100 largest cities in integrating immigrants and publishes its findings
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Legal scholars propose a way to restore "moral legitimacy" to the U.S. deportation system by expanding the realm of discretion in immigration enforcement and by using a more nuanced understanding of immigrant contributions to inform the system
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National Immigration Forum reports on the "living room conversations" it convened in 21 American cities and concludes that fears related to culture, security, and the economy confuse public attitudes on immigration
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MPI study identifies innovative strategies used by state and local governments to enforce labor standards in low-wage industries with large numbers of immigrant workers
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MPI updates its "spotlight" report on Vietnamese immigrants in the United States
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OECD report calls attention to the growing population of children with a migrant background in member countries, analyzes the risk and protective factors that shape their educational outcomes and life chances, and identifies promising practices to meet their unique needs
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MPI publishes a seven-country study of early childhood education and care (ECEC) policies and programs for refugees
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In an effort to inform the public debate on immigration, the Hamilton Project -- a research arm of the Brookings Institution -- releases a report explaining "a dozen facts about immigration"
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Report from the Kaiser Family Foundation predicts that the Trump administration's proposed new public charge rule will result in a massive loss of healthcare in the U.S., with dire consequences for the entire population
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Legal scholar argues that the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 census is "both unnecessary and counterproductive"
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MPI report envisions a new form of partnership between immigrant sending and receiving countries in which receiving countries provide advanced skill training in home countries, and graduates work either at home or abroad
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National survey of 1,400 DACA and TPS recipients sheds light on their educational achievements, employment experience, and hopes for the future
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Transatlantic Council paper analyzes the history of anti-immigrant, radical right political movements and parties and suggests strategies to curb their growth and influence
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Legal scholars argue that the modern deportation system lacks "moral credibility" because laws are arbitrary in nature, do not provide proportionality in punishment, and are inconsistent with cultural norms
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CAP report recommends steps that state officials can take if federal courts uphold the legality of the Trump administration's decision to end the DACA program
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National Conference of State Legislatures publishes an immigration "primer" for state policy makers
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UNICEF report urges UN member states to adopt a 6-point agenda for action to mitigate the hardships experienced by migrant and refugee children from Central America and Mexico
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Evidence from the "age of mass  migration" (1880-1924) suggests that cultural fears, not economic concerns, drove the movement to restrict immigration
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MPI publishes an essay on the history of Salvadoran migration to the United States, which discusses the circumstances of the Salvadoran community today in the wake of the revocation of temporary protected status by the Trump administration
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Oxford report reviews the social scientific literature on the economic impact of migration, and sees strong connections between immigration and prosperity in Europe and North America
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Paper questions the wisdom and constitutionality of the denaturalization campaign launched by the Trump administration
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In examining political trends over a 20-year period, CATO research brief reports that U.S. communities with the lowest immigrant educational levels tend to support the Republican Party, whereas communities with large numbers of college-educated immigrants lean toward the Democrats
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NSC provides recommendations to immigrant affairs offices on how to improve workforce policies and programs for immigrants and refugees
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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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