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VALUABLE RESEARCH
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19 Collections of
Migration-Related
Research Abstracts and Links
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

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      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.

 

 

LATEST
COMMENTARY

 

September 23, 2022
The US's 'immigration crisis' is admitting too few immigrants, not too many
Deepak Bhargava & Rich Stolz, The Guardian
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September 18, 2022
An Immigration Strategy for Great Power Competition
Ike Barrash, The National Interest
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September 18, 2022
Review: Why Skills-Based Immigration Is the Best Option for America
Reihan Salam, Foreign Policy
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September 16, 2022
(Ron DeSantis) A Sadistic Immigration Stunt: Even border-security hawks should be horrified
Tom Nichols, The Atlantic
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September 13, 2022
Refugee "baggage" does not include inclination to crime
Sora Heo, Niskanen Center
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September 13, 2022
Progressive groups call on Democrats to lean in on immigration
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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September 8, 2022
Republicans and Democrats have different top priorities for U.S. immigration policy
J. Baxter Oliphant & Andy Cerda, Pew Research Center
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September 5, 2022
Legal work-related immigration has fallen by a third since 2020, contributing to U.S. labor shortages
Jose Ivan Rodriguez-Sanchez, The Conversation
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August 31, 2022
Dip in immigration seen driving U.S. inflation
Jenny Manrique, The Bay State Banner
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August 31, 2022
People across the political spectrum support immigration rules to keep the food coming
Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal
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August 29, 2022
Immigrants are key to addressing America's labor shortage, lowering inflation, and growing our economy
Rebecca Shi, The Hill
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August 29, 2022
With the exception of white evangelical Protestants, majorities of most religious and demographic groups believe that immigrants strengthen the United States and support having a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children

Karen Michalka, Public Religion Research Institute
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August 23, 2022
World Education Services Announces 16 U.S. Communities Selected to Join its Skilled Immigrant Integration Program
News Release, World Education Services
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August 23, 2022
Rand Paul is Leading a Bipartisan Effort to Fix One of the Government's Worst Immigration Laws
Hannah Cox, Foundation for Economic Education
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August 10, 2922
Border Chaos and the Catch-22 of Immigration Reform
Alex Nowrasteh, CATO at Liberty blog
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August 19, 2022
How Immigration Could Help Lower Inflation
Boundless
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August 16, 2022
After a Decade of DACA, Undocumented Young People's Fate Still Hangs in the Balance
Mariah Bohanon, INSIGHT into Diversity
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August 16, 2022
America Needs a Great Opening: Why Washington should focus on recruiting the best talent from around the world
Gregory J. Fleming, Foreign Policy
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August 15, 2022
Immigration is key to easing the nursing shortage
Julie Collins, The Chicago Sun-Times
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August 4, 2022
More than a million could die waiting for green cards as U.S. immigration buckles amid COVID
Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times
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August 4, 2022
Immigration reform is the supply-side liberalism we need
David James Hebert & Alexander William Salter, The Hill
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August 3, 2022
New Clues On What Immigration Will Look Like In A Second Trump Term
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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August 3, 2022
We Need an America First Immigration Policy. Our immigration system should put the country's needs first -- and we need more labor
Mona Charen, The Bulwark
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August 2, 2022
The punitive nature of immigration detention
Emily Van Fossen, Niskanen Center
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July 28, 2022
The Crisis Facing Nursing Homes, Assisted Living and Home Care for America's Elderly
Alexandra Moe, Politico
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July 27, 2022
The Math Doesn't Work: Nursing Home Staffing Woes Unsolvable Without Immigration Action
Amy Stulick, Skilled Nursing News
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July 27, 2022
U.S. Labor Demand Explains Most of the Rise in Illegal Immigration
Alex Nowrasteh, CATO at Liberty
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July 25, 2022
The clock ticks down on immigration deal that could help rein in food inflation
Garrett Downs, Politico
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July 22, 2022
Congress To Ponder How To Deal With Long-Time Undocumented Immigrants
Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes
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July 21, 2022
Supreme Court Refuses for Now to Restore Biden Plan on Immigration Enforcement
Adam Liptak, The New York Times
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July 20, 2022
House Democrats introduce 'rolling registry' bill for undocumented immigrants
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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July 22, 2022
By a 5-4 Vote, the Supreme Court let a Lone Judge Block Biden's Power Over Deportations
Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Slate
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July 19, 2022
Better Immigration Laws Could Help Lower Food Prices
Fiona Harrigan, Reason
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July 18, 2022
The Senate is nearing a deal on immigration that could also lower food prices
Ximena Butillo, NPR
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SPEAKING OF
IMMIGRANT POLICY

"Current immigration policies are mismatched with market forces and demographic realities. These mismatches have led to serious dysfunctions in the immigration system -- from illegal migration to untenable backlogs and an overreliance on temporary visas for long-term employment situations. Sustaining the growth of the U.S. labor force and avoiding the accumulation of new unauthorized immigrant populations will require deep reforms to the U.S. immigration system, beyond those contemplated by the Biden administration's legislative proposal."

Musaffar Chishti et al, "Rethinking the U.S. Legal Immigration System: A Policy Road Map," Migration Policy Institute, 14.
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Around the country, state and local officials are responding in creative ways to the challenge of integrating the millions immigrants who entered the United States over the last three decades. Learn about their work on our local government and state government pages.

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LATEST STUDIES
AND REPORTS

After convening a series of stakeholder conversations to discuss needed reforms to the U.S. employment-based immigration system, the Bipartisan Policy Center has published a report detailing areas of agreement, as well as points of difference
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Examining the City of Orlando's response to the influex of Puerto Ricans after hurricane Maria in 2017, report discusses steps that cities can take to prepare for mass migrations due to climate change
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CAP report makes the case for humane, community-based alternatives to immigrant detention which produce high rates of check-ins and court appearances
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Study offers an explanation as to why anti-immigrant voters have a greater impact on public policy even though they are a minority
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Study analyzes 200,000 congressional speeches and 5,000 presidential communications related to immigration since 1880 and finds that political speech on the subject has become more positive, but also more polarized
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CMS study explores the demographic characteristics of the estimated 1.7 million undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants in the U.S.
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MPI publishes a report on the size, geographic distribution, and socioeconomic characteristics of the Ukrainian immigrant population in the U.S., prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
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MPI report takes an in-depth look at how two different communities (Worthington, MN, and Harris County, Texas) provided relief and recovery assistance to immigrants barred from receving federal COVID assistance
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MPI report examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigrant communities in the U.S., including the immigrant role in providing essential services, infection and death rates, and efforts on the part of states and localities to fill gaps in federal assistance
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Report recommends a range of reforms to immigration systems, including the issuance of "digital nomad visas," to reap the potential of remote work to advance economic development
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Study analyzes the techniques used by propagandists for the "Great Replacement Theory" to win adherents and draws lessons for building a persuasive counter-narrative to win over the "moveable middle" of the American electorate
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New research shows that today's immigrants are integrating as quickly and successfully as those of a century ago
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Report analyzes overstay rates of people admitted to the U.S. as non-immigrants, e.g. tourists, students
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DHS reports to Congress on the status of Afghans admitted to the U.S. after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan
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Report provides a demographic portrait of the Afghan population in the U.S. prior to the arrival of evacuees after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 
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Research uncovers the factors causing poor health outcomes and less access to health care for immigrants in New York City
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Research highlights the importance of immigrant workers in the New York City construction industry, as well as their vulnerability to exploitation and dangerous working conditions
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Report analyzes the characteristics and contributions of foreign-born STEM workers -- now almost a quarter of all STEM workers in the U.S.
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Report finds that 64% of "unicorn" companies in the U.S., i.e. privately-held, start-up companies valued at $1 billion or more, were founded by immigrants or their children
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Report calls attention to shortcomings in New Jersey's assistance to immigrant workers during the pandemic
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Report traces the history of border walls and analyzes the reasons for their current popularity, even though such walls are largely ineffective in stopping the illicit movement of people and goods
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Paper quantifies the loss to the American economy from the 86% drop in refugee admissions since 2017
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Study finds that "sanctuary" policies seem to reduce crime in local communities, thus contradicting the assumption behind the "Secure Communities" program, i.e. that collaboration with ICE by local law enforcement will improve public safety
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Study documents government surveillance and harassment of immigrant organizers in the U.S.
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Wasted human resources in Illinois: MPI report examines the plight of foreign-trained immigrant health care professionals whose skills remain underutilized despite a growing need for health care personnel in the state
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Why is the world full of misperceptions about immigration? New report details the nature of these misperceptions, why they are so prevalent, and how they might be combatted
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Report calls attention to the negative health consequences of immigration surveillance systems and urges steps to limit information-sharing with immigration agencies, including the creation of "health care sanctuaries"
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections