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19 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 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.







July 21, 2020
White House attack on legal immigration is an attack on patriotism and the American economy
Trudy Rubin, Hartford Courant
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July 20, 2020
Why the Trump administration's anti-immigration policies are the United States' loss and the rest of the world's gain
Britta Glennon, Brookings, July 20, 2020
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July 19, 2020
Colleges win immigration battle but fear for US reputation
Collin Binkley, Associated Press
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July 17, 2020
Will this be the century of the immigrant?
Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
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July 15, 2020
The war on immigration must end
Erica Ngoenha, The Hill
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July 14, 2020
America's Immigration System is Fractured Beyond Repair
Libby Watson, The New Republic
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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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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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MPI and the International Organization for Migration produce report on the efforts of smaller cities in Europe to integrate immigrants

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MPI essay speculates on the future of migration in a post-COVID world
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Questioning the use of civil rights law and international refugee law to advance the rights of migrants, legal scholar calls for the creation of a "new migration law"
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Citing the periodic expulsions of Mexicans and Central Americans from the U.S, paper suggest that immigration policy in American history has been consistently used "in defense of white nationhood" and that "white nativism" is another form of white supremacy
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Examining the history of immigration policy in the U.S., paper reviews some of the administrative and statutory mechanisms that have been used to regularize the status of long-resident undocumented immigrants and suggests that these approaches might work today
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AIC report examines how Trump administration actions in the area of immigration, with COVID-19 as the pretext, are being used to advance an extreme anti-immigrant agenda
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Doctors in the Bronx reflect on the challenges of working with immigrant COVID-19 patients
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Article illuminates the recent growth of all-immigrant prisons and questions whether such segregated institutions should be insulated from judicial review, as they are now
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MPI study provides national and state-level estimates as to the number of noncitizens lacking health insurance and suggests that their lack of coverage may jeopardize public health for all Americans
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Study documents the chilling effects of the "public charge" rule on immigrant willingness to access health benefits to which they would otherwise be entitled
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Making it possible for many Americans to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, NAE report finds sthat immigrants play a critical role in the American IT sector
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MPI report urges schools to forge ties with immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations in order to address sosme of the challenges facing immigrant students during the COVID-19 crisis
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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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