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19 Collections of
Research Abstracts and Links
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      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.

      Close to 2,000 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.





November 13, 2023
No, Immigrants Aren't "Poisoning the Blood of Our Country"
Paul Krugman, The New York Times
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November 10, 2023
Bipartisan group of senators working through weekend to forge border security deal
Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News
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November 10, 2023
Offices of New Americans Meet with Biden Officials to Advance Immigrant Inclusion
Ken Hudson, American Immigration Council
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November 6, 2023
Providers hail immigration bill that seeks to reissue visas to healthcare pros
Jessica R. Towhey, McKnights Long-Term Care News
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November 5, 2023
Trump 2.0: A second term would see him pick more and uglier fights on immigration
Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, The Hill
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November 3, 2023
Two Ways of Looking at the West's Population Dilemma
Ross Douthat, The New York Times
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October 28, 2023
Europe's Coming Reckoning on Immigration
Howard W. French, Foreign Policy
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October 25, 2023
Military enlistment is in crisis. Immigrant recruitment can help
Gil Guerra, Niskanen Center
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October 18, 2023
Immigration and a diverse populace made America an innovation superpower
Stuart Anderson, Forges
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October 18, 2023
Biden administration expanding immigration paths for Ecuadorians
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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October 21, 2023
The American semiconductor boom faces a massive obstacle: a lack of immigrants
Adriana Belmonte, Yahoo Finance
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October 12, 2023
As the U.S. birth rate falls, immigration reform may be "the answer hiding in plain sight"
Kate Dore, CNBC
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October 3, 2023
China Is Suffering a Brain Drain. The U.S. Isn't Exploiting It.
Li Yuan, The New York Times
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September 28, 2023
Immigration dominated the GOP debate, but it's not the political winner Republicans think
Maria Cardona, The Hill
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September 24, 2023
Looking for an immigration bill that can pass? It's health care
Kristie De Pena & Cecilia Esterline, The Hill
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September 21, 2023
Biden Lets Venezuelan Migrants Work
Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic
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September 18, 2023
Parole Sponsorship Is a Revolution in Immigration Policy
David Bier, Cato Institute
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September 18, 2023
Tapping the Common Sense on Immigration (of Republican and Democratic Voters)
Steven Kull et al, Fulcrum
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September 17, 2023
In an increasingly pessimistic era, immigrants espouse a hallmark American trait -- optimism
Britny Mejia et al, Los Angeles Times
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September 15, 2023
Democrats need to admit that they're wrong on immigration
Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post
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September 13, 2023
Myth vs. Fact: the Diversity "Lottery" Visa
Fenja Tramsen, Niskanen Center
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September 12, 2023
Let applicants apply for Temporary Protected Status and work authorization in one form
Matthew La Corte, Niskanen Center
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September 11, 2023
The US labor market and citizens' views are shifting in favor of immigration
Nick Sargen, The Hill
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September 11, 2023
Biden's punt to Congress on immigration is wearing thin with advocates
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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September 10, 2023
Michael Bloomberg: How Biden and Congress Should Fix the Immigration Crisis in Our Cities
Michael R. Bloomberg, The New York Times
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September 6, 2023
Aging Americans Face Bleak Futures Unless We Let New Immigrants Help
Kristie De Pena & Robert Leonard, Time
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September 6, 2023
A roadmap for preserving American advantage in the global fight for talent
Cecilia Esterline, Niskanen Center
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August 29, 2023
There's a labor shortage in the U.S. Why is it so hard for migrants to legally work?
Jasmine Garsd, NPR
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August 25, 2023
The Ghost of Public Charge Keeps Scaring Immigrant Families Away From Public Benefits
American Immigration Council
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August 23, 2023
U.S. Risks Decline and Stagnation Without Immigrants
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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"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."

Muzaffar 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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Study calls for the elimination of "punitive" actions taken by federal agencies against legal immigrants to the U.S. -- actions which limit their freedom and place unnecessary burdens upon them
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Study examines the reasons why Mexican drug cartels have taken control of human smuggling across the southern border and suggests policy approaches to weaken their control
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Study examines the plight of DACA program participants, who are worried about the possible consequences of an adverse court ruling ending the program
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Paper documents the growing number of immigrant-origin students in U.S. higher education and how these students have bolstered enrollment at a time of declining numbers of U.S.-born students
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Paper explains the recent surge in emigration from Nicaragua and how the exodus has impacted neighboring countries including Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and the United States
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Government report details efforts by the Biden administration to improve the rights and working conditions of temporary H-2B foreign workers
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Study discusses the vital role of immigrant-origin students in the U.S. higher education system -- now accounting for 31% of all college students in the U.S.
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Report calls attention to shortcomings in the workforce development and adult education systems that deny immigrant access to these systems
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Study examines "green reintegration" programs, i.e. programs seeking to return migrants to their countries of origin after having fled climate-related disasters
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Report analyzes the crisis facing the U.S. immigration court system and suggests reforms to improve court performance
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Report analyzes the financial strain experienced by cities around the country working to integrate asylum seekers and other migrants
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Report examines the role of community foundations in helping to build inclusive and welcoming communities for immigrants
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Report discusses the "demographic crisis" facing the American economy caused by low birth rates and an aging population and how immigration might help ease the crisis 
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Report sketches a portrait of the Filipino immigrant community in the U.S.
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Study finds evidence that the failure of states to provide health insurance coverage to migrants leads to inadequate pregnancy and maternal care resulting in poor health outcomes
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Study calls attention to the enormous amount of federal money spent on immigration enforcement -- 12 times the amount spent on labor standards enforcement for 144 million American workers
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Report examines the history, demographics, and significance of the H-1B visa program for high-skilled workers
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Report reviews how COVID funding helped to "move the needle on equitable and adequate education funding for English learners."
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Paper takes an in-depth look at the history and purpose of temporary protected status in the U.S., including a listing of groups that have benefitted from this designation since its creation in 1990
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Report recommends a comprehensive set of policy and administrative reforms to improve the handling of asylum seekers crossing the southern border
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Research brief examines the size and potential of the undocumented postsecondary student population in the U.S. and urges state officials to implement policies to advance their education and integration into the larger economy
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Paper ponders the future of the soaring number of immigrants in the U.S. in "limbo status," i.e. various forms of temporary legal status often expiring in two years time
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Report reveals the plight of immigrant home health care aides, whose labor rights are often violated, resulting in reduced quality of care for older Americans
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New analysis of Fortune 500 companies finds that 44.8% of them were founded by immigrants or their children
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Survey provides insight into the experiences and overall impact of immigrant nurses in the U.S.
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Paper makes the case for granting voting rights to non-citizens in local elections
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Paper examines the scope of the "global fertility collapse" and its link to economic decline and the rise of authoritarian populism
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections