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Migration-Related Research Abstracts
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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.

      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.







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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January 31, 2019
USCIS Immigration Delays Grow Longer And Longer
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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January 24, 2019
When do we give them a break?
Maurice Belanger, Maurice Belanger Consulting
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January 22, 2019
Why Trump's border wall is not just a wall
Ronald Brownstein, CNN Politics
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January, 2019
A Wall Cannot Fix Problems at Border: Smart Solutions for Asylum Crisis Can
Doris Meissner & Sarah Pierce, MPI Commentary
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January 22, 2019
Six Historians on Why Trump's Border Wall Won't Work
Sean Neumann, RollingStone
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January 17, 2019
Falling Illegal Immigration Numbers Confirm No Border Crisis
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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January 11, 2019
Trump's bogus justifications for the border wall
Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings
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January 9, 2019
Vital Industries Could Suffer Significant Damage as Workers With TPS Lose Their Status
Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact
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January 9, 2019
Trump is the Wall
Jorge Ramos, The New York Times
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January 9, 2019
Terrorism is not a thing to cry wolf about
Ruth Ellen Wassam, The Hill
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January 8, 2016
Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security
Melissa Cruz, Immigration Impact
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January 7, 2019
The Tetherball Effect: How Efforts to Stop Migration Backfire
Loren B. Landau & Iriann Freemantle, New Security Beat
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January 3, 2019
Why Republicans Should Support Immigration
Jordan Bruneau, The New York Times
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January 2, 2019
Trump's wall would be a symbol of failure
Ruth Ellen Wassem, The Hill
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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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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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MPI shines a light on demographic changes within the U.S. immigrant population, specifically growth in the number of immigrants from "new origin countries"
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MPI publishes a portrait of Caribbean immigrants in the U.S.
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MPI report documents the impressive economic achievements of immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa
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National Forum publishes a series of fact sheets highlighting immigrant contributions to major industries in the U.S.
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Scholar argues that immigrants should be covered in governmentr-funded health insurance programs in order to improve the efficiency of the healthcare system and protect the health of the entire population
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MPI report suggests that the proposed "public charge" rule -- had it been in effect in recent years -- would have blocked the immigration of large numbers of women, children, older adults and low-skilled workers
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USC study examines the propensity of different sub-groups within the immigrant population to naturalize and cautions that a one-size-fits-all approach is not effective
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MPI report examines how millions of Venezuelans have been granted safe haven in Latin American countries
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National Conference of State Legislatures publishes its annual report on immigration-relaated laws and resolutions passed at the state level in 2018
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Through a survey of deportees in Mexico, researchers document the "harsh consequences" of U.S. deportation policies on individuals and family members left behind in the U.S.
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MPI report urges resettlement organizations to employ "two-generation strategies" as a way to facilitate the long-term integration of refugees and their families
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Urban Institute publication discusses best practices in developing effective partnerships between refugee service organizations and for-profit corporations in order to help refugees successfully integrate into host societies
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Stanford study finds that the halt in refugee admissions in 2017 did not have any discernible effect on county-level crime rates
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What does the research say on immigrant use of public benefits?  Bipartisan Policy Center analyzes studies that have appeared on this subject.
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National Academies publishes proceedings of workshop on "Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health"
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MPI report looks at policy franeworks for the compulsory return and reintegration of migrants
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Study suggests that the "new immigration federalism" gives state governments some control over which types of immigrants to attract to their states
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Strauss Center report analyzes the impact of "metering" on asylum seekers and border communities in Mexico
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Study finds no evidence that intensified immigration enforcement reduces crime rates or improves the economic fortunes of U.S.-born workers
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MPI study recommends the use of "behavioral insights" to improve immigrant integration programs and outcomes
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AIC issues report on "the landscape of immigration detention in the United States," looking at number of detainees, type and location of detention facilities, average length of detention, transfers during detention, and grievances of detainees
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