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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.

      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 10, 2021
More than 10 million US citizens live with an undocumented immigrant
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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September 9, 2021
Many white Americans feel threatened by the increasingly diverse country -- and their fear is dangerous
Rod Graham, Rawstory
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September 9, 2021
Immigration Policy Before and After 9/11: From the INS to DHS - Where Did we Go Wrong?
Camille I. Mackler, Just Security
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September 3, 2021
Congress must pass immigration reform to ease America's labor shortage
Eduardo J. Padron, The Hill
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September 2, 2021
Plan Z for Immigration
Jonathan Rauch, The Atlantic
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August 29, 2021
Advocates frustrated with administration as green cards poised to expire
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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August 24, 2021
Legal Representation for Asylum Seekers: An Overlooked Area of Reform for a System in Crisis
Jacob Czarnecki & Haley Hamblin, Niskanen Center
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August 23, 2021
Why Mass Immigration Is the Key to American Renewal
Deepak Bhargava & Ruth Milkman, The American Prospect
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August 20, 2021
Immigration reform is a perfect fit for budget reconciliation
Marshall Fitz, Rollcall
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August 18, 2021
Afghan Refugee Debate Fractures GOP
Marc Caputo, Politico
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August, 2021
The International Community Must Develop a Well-Coordinated Protection Strategy for Afghan Refugees
Hanne Beirens & Camile Le Coz, MPI Commentary
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August 18, 2021
Another system of migration is possible
Megan A. Carney, The Hill
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August 15, 2021
How to Make Progress in the Immigration Debate
Karl W. Smith, The Washington Post
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August 10, 2021
Decline in Immigration Threatens Growth of Regions on the Rise
Miriam Jordan, The New York Times
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August 9, 2021
The Anti-Asian Roots of Today's Anti-Immigrant Politics
Mari Uyehara, The Nation
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August 8, 2021
President Biden needs a coherent strategy for the border
Editorial Board, The Washington Post
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July 29, 2021
What Immigrants Know About Happiness
Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic
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July 22, 2021
How Racist Is America!
David Brooks, The New York Times
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July 21, 2021
Why Rural America Needs Immigrants
Robert Leonard & Matt Russell, The New York Times
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July 15, 2021
House Immigration Chair Warns U.S. Is Losing Talent to Canada
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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July 13, 2021
Democrats Could Lose the Immigration Debate
Geraldo Cadava, Slate
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July 9, 2021
The Skill Level of Immigrants Is Rising
Alex Nowrasteh, CATO at Liberty
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July 8, 2021
New Interagency Strategy Details Partnerships, Automation, Outreach to Boost Naturalization
Bridget Johnson, Homeland Security Today
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July 7, 2021
The Refugee Consultation Process Is in Serious Need of Reform
Haley Hamblin, Niskanen Center
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July 4, 2021
Immigration and the Principles of the Declaration of Independence
Ilya Somin, The Volokh Conspiracy
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June 30, 2021
Republicans go all-in on immigration as a political weapon
David Siders, Politico
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June 28, 2021
Heart Strings And Purse Strings: Why Washington Can No Longer Delay On Immigration Reform
Andrew Tisch, Forbes
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June 23, 2021
The Right and Left Are Both Wrong on Immigration. Here's What We Need
Joel Kotkin, Newsweek
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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."

Musaffar 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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Paper from the Transatlantic Council on Migration explores ways that migration policy can build global capacity to adapt to climate change
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Article in the Journal of Human Rights finds that many of the policies restricting the movement of people across national borders are unnecessary from a health standpoint and a violation of treaty obligations and human rights
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Georgetown paper finds connections between the heavy fines imposed on minority Americans for traffic violations and the exorbitant fees paid by immigrants for immigration applications
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Study examines the history of family separation policies carried out by governmental authorities in the U.S. against enslaved, indigenous, and immigrant families from colonial times to the present
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Report from the Carnegie Corporation details the history, mission, and accomplishments of the Four Freedoms Fund, a donor collaborative that has helped to fund the immigrant rights movement in the U.S.
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Analyzing current demographic trends, Brookings report stresses the importance of immigration in reversing declines in the working-age population of the U.S.
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MPI publishes demographic analysis of Iranian immigrants in the U.S.
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Report identifies the factors that led to the rapid spread of COVID-19 among immigration detainees and suggests measures to mitigate the problem
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Report from the National Immigration Forum discusses the role that immigrants could play in alleviating current and future shortages of home health care workers and makes a series of recommendations to achieve that goal
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CMS study examines the support provided by Catholic religious, educational, and charitable institutions to immigrant populations during the COVID-19 crisis
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Report from the American Council on Education laments the lack of clear data to track the connection between the enrollment numbers of international students in American colleges and universities and their subsequent career trajectories and contributions to the American economy
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Focusing on the ten states with the largest immigrant populations, MPI report examines the history of immigrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and their future employment prospects
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What will global migration look like after the pandemic? MPI consults with experts and sees four possible scenarios
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NAE attempts to quantify the impact of the Trump Administration on immigration flows over its four years in office
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In an overview and critique of the Electronic Nationality Verification Program, the American Immigration Council faults the government for its lack of transparency and its "blindness" to the reality of persecution in origin countries
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Vera Institute publishes a "toolkit" of strategies for implementing, sustaining, and scaling legal representation programs for detained immigrants
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Legal scholar argues that the Trump Administration's family separation policy should be considered a violation of the 13th amendment's prohibition against slavery
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Welcoming America and Artplace America publish a best practice guide for using the arts to achieve social cohesion and immigrant integration goals
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Office of Minority Health publishes behavioral health implementation guide for the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS) Standards
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MPI report reviews the system of community care for unaccompanied migrant children and recommends steps that federal, state, and local governments can take to improve outcomes for these children
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Report on global public opinion finds that fewer people are willing to leave their home countries for work purposes, and that Canada has surpassed the U.S. as the preferred foreign employment destination
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MPI paper examines the causes and prevalence of "brain waste" among college-educated immigrants in the U.S. and recommends policies and practices to lessen the problem
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Bipartisan Policy Center paper discusses the importance of raising immigration levels in order to end the Covid-19 economic slump and solve "America's demographic challenge"
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MPI study seeks to end "the invisibility of dual language learners in early childhood systems"
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MPI report describes the "state of the art" in the identification and tracking of dual language learners in U.S. school systems
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What can grantmakers and impact investors do to create greater opportunity for immigrant and refugee workers? Georgetown report provides some answers
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Welcoming Center publishes a "toolkit " for employers interested in helping immigrants succeed in the workplace
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Paper examines the economic fallout from the decline in international student enrollment at American universities
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Paper from the National Immigration Forum argues that immigration is not a national security threat, as alleged by the Trump administration
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