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18 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 18 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.







July 1, 2020
The World Builds a Wall to Keep America Out
Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times
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June 28, 2020
The Danger of America's Coronavirus Immigration Bans
Ilya Somin, The Atlantic
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June 26, 2020
The irony of immigration
Steven Roberts, Ohio TimesReporter
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June 21, 2020
Immigrants should acknowledge their debt to black people,
Quaid Saifee, Crain's Detroit Business
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June 21, 2020
Supreme Court DACA Decision a Win for Trump
Maria Cardona, The Hill
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June 13, 2020
The Surprising Origin of our Modern Nation of Immigrants
Jia Lynn Yang, The New York Times
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June 8, 2020
Immigrants are not to blame for global epidemics: insights from past and present
Tahseen Shams, Open Democracy
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June 4, 2020
New Visa Restrictions Will Make The U.S. Economic Downturn Worse
Press Release, University of California San Diego
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June 2, 2020
The Lottery: The two faces of birthright citizenship
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, The Nation
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May 27, 2020
What Isolation Does to Undocumented Immigrants,
Emily Kaplan, The Atlantic
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May 26, 2020
Trump Is Using the Coronavirus Pandemic as an Excuse to Permanently Close the Borders,
Katy Murdza, Immigration Impact
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May, 2020
The Rocky Road to a MobileWorld after COVID-19
Meghan Benton, MPI Commentary
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May 22, 2020
Liberate Naturalization Ceremonies!
Linda Chavez, The Bulwark
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May 19, 2020
If Joe Biden wins, immigration reform may actually be possible
Paul Waldman, The Washington Post, May 19, 2020
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May 15, 2020
Immigration reform after Covid-19
Alex Nowrasteh, The Hill
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May 12, 2020
Is Biden Going to Repeat Obama's Immigration Mistakes?
Laura Weiss, The New Republic
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May 11, 2020
Immigration Policies Threaten American Competitiveness
William R. Kerr, Working Knowledge (Harvard Business School)
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May 8, 2020
Can COVID-19 positively change perceptions on Migration?
Catherine Xhardez, openDemocracy
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May 6, 2020
The world needs more immigration after the pandemic, not less,
Pankaj Mishra, The Print
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May 1, 2020
After the Pandemic, the U.S. Will Need More Immigrants,
The Editors, Bloomberg Opinion
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April, 2020
As COVID-19 Slows Human Mobility, Can the Global Compact for Migration Meet the Test for a Changed Era?
Lena Kainz, Migration Policy Institute Commentary
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April 30, 2020
Trump's Immigration Pause Won't Outlast Him,
Shikha Dalmia, Reason
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April 30, 2020
Trump's New Immigration Ban Is Potentially More Dangerous, and More Legally Vulnerable, Than You Might Think,
Anil Kalhan, American Constitution Society Expert Forum
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April 29, 2020
Trump's Immigration Lockdown Will Weaken America,
Noah Smith, Bloomberg Opinion
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April 28, 2020
America's Faith in Law is at Stake in the DACA Case,
H. Lee Sarokin, The Atlantic
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April 28, 2020
Immigration suspension: All hat and no cattle?
Ruth Ellen Wasem, The Hill
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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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CATO team of experts produces white paper advancing "12 New Immigration Reform Ideas for the 21st Century"
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Police Executive Research Forum publishes "best practices" guide for law enforcement agencies in small cities interested in building trust with immigrant communities
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European study suggests that hostility towards immigrants is motivated more by sociopsychological factors than economic concerns
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MPI examines the growing community of Venezuelans in the U.S.
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MPI releases new profile of Chinese immigrants in the U.S.
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Paper warns that the new public charge rule penalizes people with disabilities and calls for efforts to "destigmatize disability" in immigration law
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Urban Institute finds that misunderstandings regarding the public charge rule abound in immigrant communities resulting in large-scale avoidance of the public health system
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MPI examines how states have responded to the needs of English language learners under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015
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Paper from the Economic Policy Institute examines defects in the H-1B program and endorses congressional efforts to reform the program
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Harvard study explores the influence of generation, gender, race, and mother tongue in determining the economic advancement of immigrants and their children
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CMS releases demographic analysis of foreign-born essential workers broken down by occupational category and state of residence
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Essay from members of the Open Door Collective stresses the power of immigrant adult education to reduce poverty, especially when educators work in partnership with advocacy and social service organizations serving the immigrant community
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Paper argues that a "merit-based" immigration system, where DACA recipients are given priority over applicants from abroad, might be an effective, bipartisan solution to the DACA problem
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Seton Hall paper decries the "tinderbox" of potential COVID-19 infection within the immigrant detention system in the U.S. and suggests reforms, such as decriminalization and greater use of the bond system, to reduce the risk of mass infection
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Study finds that attitudes towards immigrants become more accepting when native-born Americans are reminded of their own immigrant backgrounds
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New American Economy publishes a detailed snapshot of the growing population of black immigrants in the U.S.
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Reviewing the Trump administration's restrictions on immigration since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, MPI researchers see a "crisis within a crisis"
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Paper argues that health and social assistance, particuarly in the current COVID-19 crisis, should be delivered by the government, not private sector organizations; author also sees the issuance of the public charge order as evidence of a flawed philosophy holding the poor responsible for their plight
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CMS paper presents a vision of a world where migration reforms and labor reforms respond to transformations in the labor market and show respect for human rights and ethical standards
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Paper from New American Economy details the crucial role played by immigrants in securing the U.S. food supply
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