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15 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.







October 15, 2019
The New Geography of American Immigration
Richard Florida, Citylab
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October 11, 2019
Sharp Cuts in Immigration Threaten U.S. Economy and Innovation
Austan Goolsbee, The New York Times
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October 10, 2019
The Conservative Case Against Trump's Immigration Policies
Arthur Rizer & Jonathan Haggerty, Washington Monthly
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October 8, 2019
I Oversaw DHS Refugee Affairs. Here Are 3 Ways the Trump Administration is Trying to Mislead You
Barbara Strack, Time
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September 29, 2019
Even as President Trump slams the door on refugees, there is reason for hope
Julia G. Young, the Washington Post
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September 25, 2019
Visiting a tent city in Mexico created by Trump's Migrant Protection Protocol
Matt Gaventa, The Christian Century
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September 18, 2019
Refugee resettlement: America's last claim to moral leadership in jeopardy
Patricia Hatch, Baltimore Sun
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September 15, 2019
Democratic Candidates Need to Get Real on Immigration
Editorial Board, Bloomberg Opinion
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September 9, 2019
Why the left should argue for more immigration -- but not open borders
Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti, The Guardian
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September 6, 2019
Is it time for lawmakers to come together on immigration reform?
Casey Higgins, The Hill
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September 6, 2019
How climate change is driving emigration from Central America
Miranda Cady Hallett, The Conversation
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August 28, 2019
Is It Time to Remove Immigration Courts From Presidential Control?
Julia Preston, The Marshall Project
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August 20, 2019
Disability Rights in Contemporary Immigration Debates
Jasmine E. Harris, UCDavis Faculty Blog
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August 18, 2019
Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated
Nolan Rappaport, The Hill
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August 16, 2019
'Bees, not refugees': the environmentalist roots of anti-immigrant bigotry
Susie Cagle, The Guardian
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August 15, 2019
On Immigration, the Democrats are Playing into Trump's Hands
Peter H. Schuck, The New York Times
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August 13, 2019
The danger of vilifying poor immigrants
Hidetaka Hirota, The Washington Post
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August 6, 2019
We are a nation of migrants, not a collection of diplomas
Andre Perry, The Hechinger Report
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August 6, 2019
The El Paso Shooting Is the Violence Latinos Have Been Dreading
Janet Murguia, The New York Times
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August 5, 2019
The Ideology of Hate and How to Fight It
David Brooks, The New York Times
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"The desire to win arguments and the tendency to seek out information that reaffirms one's core identity are evolutionary traits that are hardwired into the human brain. Yet policymaking in democratic societies relies on the engagement of an electorate able to access and think critically about new information, and to adjust their views accordingly. Data and facts still have the power to promote a more informed electorate and a more effective policy process, but simply supplying high-quality information is no longer sufficient. Communicators need to work to better understand the political and emotional context in which information lands, and adapt their use of evidence to support a more nuanced debate of issues such as immigration to which there are rarely clean-cut, right-or-wrong answers."

Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, When Facts Don't Matter: How to Communicate More Effectively about Immigration's Costs and Benefits (Migration Policy Institute, November 2018), p. 19.
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MPI paper outlines issues for consideration by policy makers in designing effective immigration selection systems for a "new age of economic competitiveness"
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Georgetown paper proposes legislative fixes for the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, including financial incentives for return and paths to green card status for long-term U.S. residents
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In contrast to the Trump administration's "enforcement-only" approach, CAP paper sketches the contours of a principled, cooperative and pragmatic policy to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Central America
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Paper argues that Trump administration immigration policies constitute an effort to recreate the pre-1965 "white nation"
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While there has been a sharp decline in overall refugee admissions during the Trump era, MPI paper finds that the percentage of Christian refugees has soared to 79 percent while Muslim refugee admissions has dropped by 87 percent
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Paper debunks nine myths and misconceptions about so-called sanctuary cities
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MIT study finds that news media use of derogatory language to refer to immigrants, as well as their reliance on questionable "expert" sources, has risen during the Trump years, even on the part of major newspapers such as The Washington Post and The New York Times
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Looking at the hiring practices of employers, UPenn researcher finds evidence that cuts to the H-1B program led to a "huge growth" in foreign affiliate employment -- not domestic hiring
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MPI paper discusses major trends in the U.S. labor market and how they should be taken into account in redesigning American immigration policy
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Will automation and outsourcing reduce the nation's need for immigrants?  Probably not, according to MPI paper examining current economic and demographic trends
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How prevalent is human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world?  National Academies workshop examines various approaches for measuring the scale of the problem
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MPI study suggests that the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) can be a powerful tool to improve the academic performance of immigrant children
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According to UC San Diego paper, the new public charge rule will negatively impact the undocumented population, not just intending legal immigrants
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Urban Institute study finds that fear and confusion abound in immigrant communities with regard to the new public charge rule and that immigrants are dropping out programs that may be vital to their financial, psychological, and Physical well-being
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Urban Institute study finds disproportionate effects of the new public charge rule on lower-income Hispanics and families with children
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Bipartisan Policy Center proposes a new policy framework to manage the crisis on the southern border
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CAP essay argues for an immigration system that restores respect for the rule of law while remaining faithful to the ideals of the U.S. as a place of refuge
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