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17 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 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.







March 26, 2020
These taxpayers won't get stimulus checks. That's unjust.
Tim Breene, CNN
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March 20, 2020
Trump's 'Chinese' Virus Is Part of a Long History of Blaming Other Countries for Disease
Becky Little, Time
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March, 2020
Coronavirus Is Spreading across Borders, But It Is Not a Migration Problem,
Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, Meghan Benton, & Susan Fratzke, Migration Policy Institute Commentary
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March 18, 2020
2019 Year in Hate,
Southern Poverty Law Center
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March 13, 2020
Xenophobia Puts Us All at Greater Risk of Getting the Coronavirus,
Kevin J. A. Thomas, Center for Migration Studies
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March 12, 2020
The Coronavirus Is Killing Globalization as We Know It
Philippe Legrain, Foreign Policy
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March 5, 2020
The Open Borders Trap
Jason DeParle, The New York Times
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March 4, 2020
Trump's immigration policies will make the coronavirus pandemic worse
Wendy E. Parmet, STAT News
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February 28, 2020
White Supremacy Goes Green
Beth Gardner, The New York Times
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February 23, 2020
Surprise Trump immigration deal would boost US economy
Josh T. Smith, The Hill
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February 2020
The Future of Refugee Resettlement: Made in Europe?
Susan Fratzke & Hanne Beirens, MPI Commentary
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February 19, 2020
Survey: Immigration Policies Driving Work Out of America
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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February 17, 2020
Here's a hard truth about immigration: Both sides are going to have to compromise
Frank Argote-Freyre, Star-Ledger
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February 17, 2020
The Northeast Needs Immigrants to Bolster Economy and Help Prevent a Demographic Catastrophe
Robin Lally, Rutgers Today
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February 13, 2020
How Partisanship Is Destroying America's Competitiveness
Adi Gaskell, Forbes
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February 7, 2020
Expanded Immigration Ban Puts Americans Last
Doug Rand, Just Security
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February 5, 2020
The Next Harmful Immigration Move Against International Students
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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January 30, 2020
Republicans have a clear message on immigration. Why don't the Democrats?
Ariel Armony, Los Angeles Times
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January 30, 2020
Questions Linger on How State Dept. Employees Will Carry Out New 'Birth Tourism' Policy,
Courtney Bouble, Government Executive
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February, 2020
Indian Immigrants Are Saving Canadian Hockey
Shikha Dalmia, Reason
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January 13, 2010
New Data: Legal Immigration Has Declined Under Trump
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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January 13, 2020
Why Hostility to Immigration Runs Deep
Noah Smith, Bloomberg
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January 10, 2020
To Win On Immigration, We Have To Lead With Love
Suzette Brooks Masters, People's Action
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January 9, 2020
Against Tribal America
Joel Kotkin, City Journal
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January 8, 2020
New Immigration Fees To Hit Businesses Hard
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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January 7, 2020
Immigrants are an economic boon to America
Jerry Haar, The Hill
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For a collection of resources (articles, commentary, and webpages) dealing with immigration and the coronavirus, click on the link below.

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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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Considering the powerful economic and environmental forces driving migration, Oxford study discusses the effectiveness of governments in regulating migration since 1960
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CMS publishes report on the plight of an estimated 218,000 "stateless" persons living in the United States
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CMS study emphasizes the importance of voluntary reverse migration, caused by improving economic and social conditions in countries of origin, in reducing the size of the undocumented population in the U.S. over the last decade
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Census Bureau publishes report detailing 2060 U.S. population projections under three different immigration admission scenarios: high, low, and none
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NFAP study quantifies the harm to future economic growth caused by Trump's efforts to scale back immigration through administrative means
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Essay fronm the Transatlantic Council calls for a "fundamental rethink" of the purpose and practice of immigrant integration
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On the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railorad, New American Economy offers reflections on the history and progress of the Chinese in America 
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MPI releases report on recent Braziian immigration to the U.S.
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In order to eliminate inequities in access to health care, study suggests that health care practitioners should adopt a "cultural safety" perspective, rather than "cultural competency" 
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Report from the Foundation for Child Development urges policy makers to adopt a public health perspective when considering the needs of low-income, immigrant children
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Pew publishes demographic analysis of eligible immigrant voters in the 2020 presidential election -- now nearly 10 percent of the overall electorate
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Paper from the National Foundation for American Policy calls attention to sharp declines in legal immigration to the United States since 2016,
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MPI study documents worrisome declines in the issuance of nonimmigrant visas for tourism, business, and study in the U.S. since 2015,
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CATO study suggests that reforms to the nation's legal immigration system holds the real key to managing migration more effectively and controlling illegal border crossings,
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Detailing steps that states can take to integrate undocumented immigrants, report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities argues that an "inclusive approach" can help families and communities prosper,
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Transatlantic Council paper calls for new approaches and new standards to promote the integration of refugee women and other marginalized migrant populations,
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Study finds that sanctuary policies reduce homicide rates from domestic violence for Hispanic Women,
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Report from Welcoming America calls attention to the fears and cultural concerns caused by large-scale immigration and highlights promising strategies to bridge the nation's social and cultural divides,
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Annenberg report finds negative and distorted depictions of immigrants in American television shows,
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American Library Association produces white paper with recommendations on how to make library programs more responsive to the needs of new Americans,
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Harvard paper sees a serious risk to general social norms in the federal government's disruptions of immigrant family life through deportation,
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