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VALUABLE RESEARCH
AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

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

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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 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.

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LATEST
COMMENTARY

 

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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July 25, 2019
Amy Wax Is Wrong. Immigrants Are Integrating Just Fine Into American Society.
Richard Alba, Slate
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July 25, 2019
The Democrats' Immigration Problem is Bigger Than Donald Trump
Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker
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July 22, 2019
The Problem with Amy Wax's Immigration Argument
David French, National Review
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July 20, 2019
National Conservatives Want Cultural Dominance, Not 'Social Cohesion'
Eric Levitz, New York Magazine, Intelligencer
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July 20, 2019
Send Me Back to the Country I Came From
Timothy Egan, The New York Times
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July 20, 2019
The Perfect Antidote to Trump
Bret Stephens, The New York Times
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July 19, 2019
Terrorism does increase with immigration -- but only homegrown, right-wing terrorism
Richard J. McAlexander, The Washington Post
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July 17, 2019
The Hard Immigration Questions
David Leonhardt, The New York Times
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July 16, 2019
President Trump's New Asylum Ban Will Lead to More Illegal Immigration
Shikha Dalmia, Reason
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July 16, 2019
Americans Are Complicit in Border Camp Abuses
Tova Walsh & Michael J. Mackenzie, The American Prospect
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June 18, 2019
We'll Never Solve Immigration If We Don't Solve Climate Change
Penny Pritzker, Fortune
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June 13, 2019
As Immigrants Face Attacks, Where Stands Philanthropy?
Steve Dubb, Nonprofit Quarterly
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June 7, 2019
Why Should Immigrants 'Respect Our Borders'? The West Never Respected Theirs
Suketu Mehta, The New York Times
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June 4, 2019
What Will the E-Verify Program Be Used to Surveil Next?
David Bier, CATO
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June 3, 2019
Study: Trump's Immigration Agenda May Compromise Care for Elderly, Disabled
Yusra Murad, Morning Consult
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June 2, 2019
Can Congress trust Trump to implement immigration reform?
David Bier, The Hill
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Earlier Commentary

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SPEAKING OF
IMMIGRANT POLICY

"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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Around the country, state and local officials are responding in creative ways to the challenge of integrating the roughly 20 million immigrants who entered the United States over the last two decades. Learn about their work on our local government and state government pages.

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LATEST STUDIES
AND REPORTS

Transatlantic Council publishes study of the Australian point-based immigration system and shares some "lessons learned"
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American Immigration Council analyzes differences in ICE operations between the Obama and Trump administrations; more citizens and women swept up in the Trump years
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MPI analyzes the Trump administration's proposal to revamp the legal immigration system (details still unavailable) and finds little effect on overall immigration numbers
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Harvard Law Review article argues that the "removal policy" of "self-deportation" has been a recurring theme in American history, revealing both the dynamics and scope of the immigration system, and how the system works "to subordinate a class of workers"
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MPI identifies eight key immigration issues that are not receiving sufficient attention from policy-makers in the U.S.
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MPI produces demographic profile of the refugee and asylee population in the U.S.
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MPI report examines the use of "social innovation" in refugee resettlement
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SPLC study of the immigration court system finds that the system has "effectively collapsed" and call for removal of the courts from the jurisdiction of the Attorney General
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Utah State study finds no evidence that strict enforcement of immigration laws has any measurable impact on crime rates in the U.S.
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MPI report reviews seven (7) key legal protections available to K-12 immigrant students and discusses the efforts of school officials to remain in compliance
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Study documents the crucial role played by immigrants in the "nonformal" health care sector in the U.S., e.g. personal care aides and maintenance personnel
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USC report finds that the removal of TPS recipients from the country, as proposed by the Trump administration, will wreak serious damage to the American economy
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Researcher finds evidence that nativism has compromised public health throughout American history
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Study gives ten reasons why international migration is one of the greatest challenges of our time
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CMS study disputes the contention that there is a rising number of people overstaying their nonimmigrant visas
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Suggesting a number of policy reforms, CMS paper argues that the U.S. government, going back to the Obama administration, has failed to respond effectively to the changing character of migration across the southern border 
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Policy brief from New Jersey think tank argues that "immigrants are the cornerstone of New Jersey's economy"
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MPI udates its profile of Korean immigrants in the U.S.
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Paper argues that the Trump administration's proposal to strip the spouses of H-1B visa holders of their permission to work in the U.S. would be detrimental to the economy
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Paper assesses the economic impact of compelling Temporary Protected Status (TPS) visa holders to leave the United States
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Paper examines the potential of Place-Based Visas (PBVs) to reverse population decline and stimulate economic activity in depressed parts of the United States
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MPI study examines the policies and practices of child welfare systems striving to address the special needs of immigrant families, especially families dealing with the threat or effects of deportation
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections