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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.







September 15, 2020
More than 250 groups call for full, permanent immigration status for all in Canada
Noushin Ziafati, Yorkton This Week
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September 11, 2020
Immigrants Have Always Played a Key Role in the U.S. Political Process. The Latest Ruling on Trump's Census Plan is Part of That History
David Litt, Time
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September 11, 2020
In a new term, Trump would further seal the gates of Fortress America
Editorial Board, The Washington Post
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September 5, 2020
UCLA Study Recommends Permanent Residence for Immigrants in Temporary Protected Status
Eliza Morena, Sierra Sun Times
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August, 2020
2021 Immigrant Action Plan: Restoring Human Dignity, Recovering the Economy, Reinforcing American Values
173 Organizational Endorsers
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August 28, 2020
Trump treats naturalization like a game show prize
Suketu Mehta, The Washington Post
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August 17, 2020
A Growing Immigration Divide: Trump and Biden stake out opposite ends of a complex issues -- leaving a vacuum in the middle
Steven Malanga, City Journal
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August 17, 2020
Wealthy turn anti-immigrant when their riches are threatened
University of Queensland,
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August 7, 2020
New Jersey to Allow Professional and Occupational Licensing Regardless of Immigration Status
The National Law Review
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August 6, 2020
An Unintended Consequence of Limiting High-Skilled Immigration to the U.S.
Whitney Appel, American Action Forum
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July 25, 2020
100 Days Out from the Election, Immigration is on the Ballot,
Ali Noorani, The Bulwark
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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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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 report finds that 263,000 unemployed or underemployed immigrant health care professionals, 80 percent of whom are legally present in the U.S., represent a pool of health professionals who can ease the current strain on the American health care system
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Study provides state breakdowns of undocumented students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities and finds that less than half have DACA protections
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Lancet study predicts that low birth rates and resulting population declines are likely to create major policy challenges for many developing countries, creating incentives for more liberal immigration policies
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What are the characteristics of populist movements around the world, and what are the conditions that spawn these movements? Paper reviews the research on these questions
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Paper traces the connection between hateful speech and rising levels of intersectional violence directed at Black, Latino, Jewish, and Muslim communities in the U.S.
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MPI paper catalogs more than 400 Trump administration policy initiatives that have choked off legal immigration, blocked humanitarian admissions, and ramped up deportations
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Report examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigrants in New Jersey
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Study finds no evidence that immigrants are responsible for importing disease into the United States and questions the rationalel used by the Trump administration for closing the southern border
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California report recommends the active participation of immigrant-serving organizations in COVID-19 contact tracing programs
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Vera Institute study finds that rates of COVID-19 infection in ICE detention facilities may be "shockingly high"
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Report finds that heightened levels of application review and scrutiny are slowing down the citizenship process in the U.S. and may be discouraging eligible immigrants from applying
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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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