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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.







October 16, 2020
More than 150 business groups tell Trump to reverse executive order banning diversity training
Joseph Guzman, The Hill
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October 14, 2020
New Office of New Americans Investing in New Jersey's Immigrant Communities
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October 8, 2020
Deportation Nation
Julia Preston, New York Review of Books
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October 3, 2020
Trump's Turn from Immigration to the Enemy Within
Ryan Deveraux, The Intercept
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September 29, 2020
How U.S. Immigration Policy Creates a Robust, Soft Power Advantage for America
Matthew La Corte & Alexander Voisine, Niskanen Center
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September 27, 2020
In the 2020 presidential election, immigration is about two Americas
Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service
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September 23, 2020
How Immigration Can Reverse America's Aging Population Problem
Mauro F. Guillen, Boundless
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September 19, 2020
Immigrant Share Continues Flatlining Under Trump in 2019
David J. Bier, CATO at Liberty
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September 15, 2020
More than 250 groups call for full, permanent immigration status for all in Canada
Noushin Ziafati, Yorkton This Week
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September 11, 2020
Immigrants Have Always Played a Key Role in the U.S. Political Process. The Latest Ruling on Trump's Census Plan is Part of That History
David Litt, Time
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September 11, 2020
In a new term, Trump would further seal the gates of Fortress America
Editorial Board, The Washington Post
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September 5, 2020
UCLA Study Recommends Permanent Residence for Immigrants in Temporary Protected Status
Eliza Morena, Sierra Sun Times
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August, 2020
2021 Immigrant Action Plan: Restoring Human Dignity, Recovering the Economy, Reinforcing American Values
173 Organizational Endorsers
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August 28, 2020
Trump treats naturalization like a game show prize
Suketu Mehta, The Washington Post
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August 17, 2020
A Growing Immigration Divide: Trump and Biden stake out opposite ends of a complex issues -- leaving a vacuum in the middle
Steven Malanga, City Journal
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August 17, 2020
Wealthy turn anti-immigrant when their riches are threatened
University of Queensland,
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August 7, 2020
New Jersey to Allow Professional and Occupational Licensing Regardless of Immigration Status
The National Law Review
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August 6, 2020
An Unintended Consequence of Limiting High-Skilled Immigration to the U.S.
Whitney Appel, American Action Forum
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For a collection of resources (articles, commentary, and webpages) dealing with immigration and the coronavirus pandemic, 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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Fiscal Policy Institute analyzes the demographic composition and income levels of essential workers in New York State and New York City
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CMS report catalogs some of the ways that states are coming to the aid of undocumented essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Paper traces the long history of U.S. policy towards refugees and asylum seekers, culminating in the "A,B,C," measures taken by the Trump administration to abandon (A) long-standing U.S. Legal principles on non-refoulement, block (B) the entry of refugees and asylees, and criminalize (C) foreign nationals seeking asylum in the U.S.
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MPI paper suggests that immigration enforcement spending and practices may be deserving of the same public scrutiny as the attention paid to local police work since the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement
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Paper finds racist motivation and historical precedent in the Trump Administration's proposed expansion of the "public charge" rule
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CLASP study finds that the deportation of parents wreaks havoc on children in immigrant families
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George Mason study calls attention to the disproportional presence of immigrants among U.S. Nobel laureates
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NBER researchers find that immigrant entrepreneurs outperform U.S.-born entrepreneurs in the vital area of job creation 
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National Skills Coalition report outlines lessons learned from "early adopter" adult education programs that combine English language learning with improvements in digital literacy skills
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MPI paper laments the lack of attention by policy makers to the sharp digital divide between immigrants and U.S.-born individuals
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Harvard Business School study finds that the political and ideological preferences of earlier generations of European immigrants, who were exposed to welfare state reforms in their home countries, have left an enduring imprint on the American political landscape today
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MPI report finds that 263,000 unemployed or underemployed immigrant health care professionals, 80 percent of whom are legally present in the U.S., represent a pool of health professionals who can ease the current strain on the American health care system
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Study provides state breakdowns of undocumented students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities and finds that less than half have DACA protections
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Lancet study predicts that low birth rates and resulting population declines are likely to create major policy challenges for many developing countries, creating incentives for more liberal immigration policies
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What are the characteristics of populist movements around the world, and what are the conditions that spawn these movements? Paper reviews the research on these questions
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Paper traces the connection between hateful speech and rising levels of intersectional violence directed at Black, Latino, Jewish, and Muslim communities in the U.S.
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