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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.







May 21, 2019
Only Immigrants Can Reverse America's Baby Bust
Adam Minter, Bloomberg Opinion
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May 17, 2019
Trump's immigration plan endangers America's ability to integrate foreigners
Julia Brookins, Think
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May 17, 2019
Trump Immigration Plan May Throw 4 Million People Off Immigrant Waiting Lists
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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May 13, 2019
Is There a Connection Between Undocumented Immigrants and Crime?
Anna Flagg, The New York Times
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May 8, 2019
Trump's immigration crackdown will make America's population slowdown much worse
Evan Horowitz, Think
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May 4, 2019
Trump wants 'toughness' to deter migration, but physical measures keep failing
Nick Miroff, Maria Sacchetti & Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post
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May 3, 2019
We're losing foreign students due to Trump immigration rules. N.J. college presidents lament
Kelly Heyboer,
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April 30, 2019
Can Democrats Win On Immigration Policy In 2020?
Geoffrey Skelly, Fivethirtyeight
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April 9, 2019
Trump says the U.S. is too 'full' for more immigrants. The opposite is true
Wayne A. Cornelius, The L.A. Times
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April 9, 2019
Trump Says the U.S. is 'Full." Much of the Nation Has the Opposite Problem
Neil Irwin & Emily Badger, The New York Times
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April 3, 2019
America's Biggest Economic Challenge May Be Demograhic Decline
Neil Irwin, The New York Times
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April 3, 2019
Short of Workers, U.S. Builders and Farmers Crave More Immigrants
Eduardo Porter, The New York Times
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April 1, 2019
Trump Laid a Trap on Immigration -- and Only Beto Sees It
Peter Beinart, The Atlantic
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March 25, 2019
Immigration and the Democratic Hopefuls
Andrew Moss, Counterpunch
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March 25, 2019
Immigration's Popularity Is Rising Thanks to Trump
Alex Nowrasteh, CATO Institute
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March 24, 2019
A Grand Compromise on Immigration
Peter King & Tom Suozzi, The New York Times
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March 19, 2019
White nationalism, born in the USA, is now a global terror threat
Art Jipson & Paul J. Becker, The Conversation
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March 17, 2019
I Am an Immigrant. Someday You Might Be One, Too
Laila Lalami, The New York Times
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March 13, 2019
What Immigration Restrictionists Can't Foresee
Elizabeth F. Cohen, The Atlantic
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March 15, 2019
New Zealand has long had its right-wing extremists, even when it said it didn't
Paul Spoonley, MarketWatch
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March 13, 2019
For immigration opponents, any old argument will do
Radley Balko, The Washington Post
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April, 2019
If Liberals Won't Enforce Borders, Fascists Will
David Frum, The Atlantic
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March 10, 2019
The Children of Undocumented Immigrants Live in an Emotional Prison
Elke Weesjes & Paula Madrid, BuzzFeed
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February 19, 2019
Trump wants better AI. He also wants less immigration. He can't have both.
Sigal Samuel, Vox
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February 17, 2019
We need an immigration policy for the 21st century, not the 12th century
Abby Maxman, The Hill
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February 15, 2019
The Nationalist Case for Amnesty
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic
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February 11, 2019
Hispanics, Not Trump, Are the Biggest Engine of U.S. Economic Growth
Mayra Rodriguez Valladares, Forbes
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February 8, 2019
The President is coming to El Paso Monday
Beto O'Rourke, Medium
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February 4, 2019
San Diego launches bipartisan plan to welcome immigrants
Kate Morrissey, Los Angeles Times
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February 3, 2019
Maybe We Should Build a Wall to Keep Immigrants in
Derek Lidow, Forbes
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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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Paper examines why America's "racialized immigration history" enables Mexicans to benefit disproportinally from state programs designed to integrate immigrants, such as California's AB60 legislation providing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants
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Niskanen Center report examines the impact of the OPT program on local economies and urges reforms to enable talented STEM graduates to stay permanently in the U.S. (The OPT program allows international students to remain in the U.S. for a temporary period after graduation to gain practical work experience)
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National Foundation for American Policy study finds that localities with larger numbers of OPT program participants tend to thrive economically
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IZA study based on the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, a new database of 7,400 high-tech firms, shows that immigrant-owned businesses - in 15 of 16 measures - are more innovative than native-owned businesses
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Peterson Institute study highlights the changing demographic characteristics of the U.S. Hispanic population and argues that these changes will promote economic growth and prosperity for the entire country
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Paper exposes illegal and harmful practices in housing detainees with disabilities at one of the largest immigrant detention facilities in the U.S.
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NYU paper highlights state- and local-level strategies to protect children's access to health and human services in an era of harsh immigration policy and heightened immigration enforcement
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Paper examines the Trump administration's effort to revoke citizenship for over 700,000 immigrants and sees it as part of a broader effort to discourage immigration to the U.S.
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MPI report argues that credential attainment for immigrant-origin adults must be a major focus of the nation's workforce development system
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MPI publishes a state-level demographic analysis of the growing population of immigrant-origin adults in the U.S.
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Can immigrant professionals help reduce teacher shortages in the U.S.?  WES report highlights model programs working to achieve that goal
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"Integration Futures Working Group" in the European Union seeks to break new ground in conceptualizing immigrant integration -- questions the prevailing view of integration as a "two-way process"
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Pew analyzes the backgrounds of 68 lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives (13 percent of the total membership) who are immigrants or the children of immigrants
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Paper documents a sharp decline in apprehensions of people crossing the southern border illegally, despite a 110 percent increase in the number of Border Patrol agents since 2000
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AILA report indicates that processing times for immigration benefits under the Trump administration have reached "crisis levels"
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Study laments the "administrative chaos" surrounding the Trump administration's handling of immigrant children
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Rutgers report urges the U.S. to play a more active role in helping countries of first asylum, like Jordan, provide help to Syrian refugees
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MPI Europe proposes a broad immigration-related policy agenda designed to combat the growth of extremist, far-right political movements
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