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14 Collections of 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

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      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 14 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.

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LATEST
COMMENTARY

April 19, 2018
The Trump administration failed to study immigration vetting. So I did.
David Bier, The Washington Post
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April 18, 2018
Fixing the 'Involuntary Housewife Visa'
Shikha Dalmia, The New York Times
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April 16, 2018
On refugees, the Trump administration is competent and malevolent
David Miliband, The Washington Post
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April 6, 2018
These are the groups most likely to stop participating in the US census
William H. Frey, Brookings
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April 1, 2018
Better Democracy Promotion through Immigration
Margaret E. Peters & Michael K. Miller, Lawfare
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April 1, 2018
Five Ways Trump is Restricting Immigration
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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March 30, 2018
Trump's Census policy could boomerang and hurt red states as well as blue states
Robert Shapiro, Brookings
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March 27, 2018
Why the 2020 census shouldn't ask about your citizenship status
Jennifer Van Hook, The Conversation
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March 20, 2018
'Chain Migration' Used to Be a Benign Term. Not Anymore
Stephen Kearse, The New York Times Magazine
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March 19, 2018
How America Fell Behind the World on Immigration
Justin Gest, Politico
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March 17, 2018
Debunking a Myth: The Irish Were Not Slaves, Too
Liam Stack, The New York Times
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March 15, 2018
For Trump, Cruelty Is the Point
Julianne Hing, The Nation
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March 7, 2018
Restricting legal immigration to America won't help our economy
Jacqueline Varas, The Hill
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February 27, 2018
Serpents At The Gates?  Today's Immigrants Are Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs
Robb Mandelbaum, Forbes
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February 27, 2018
One Simple Way Trump Can Get the Economic Growth He Wants...It's more immigration
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic
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February 26, 2018
I ran USCIS. This is a nation of immigrants, no matter what mission statements say
Leon Rodriguez, The Washington Post
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February 22, 2018
Trump wants to cut immigration and foreign aid. Here's how they're connected
Sarah Bermeo & David Leblang, The Washington Post
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February 22, 2018
New U.S. Immigrants Are as Educated as New Canadian Immigrants
David Bier, CATO
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February 22, 2018
Why the 2020 census shouldn't ask about your citizenship status
Jennifer Van Hook, The Conversation
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February 21, 2018
Immigration Curbs Will Weaken Social Security
Howard Gleckman, Forbes
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February 12, 2018
Right Now, 'Merit-Based' Just Means Fewer Immigrants
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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February 9, 2018
The White House's weekly 'immigrant crime' tallly includes non-crimes and nonimmigrants
Phillip Bump, The Washington Post
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February 4, 2018
'Chain Migration' doesn't work the way Trump tells you it does
David Scott Fitzgerald, The Hill
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February 4, 2018
Trump's talk dehumanizes immigrants
Michael Gerson, Albany Times Union
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February 3, 2018
The Necessary Immigration Debate
Ross Douthat, The New York Times
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February 2, 2018
How Immigration Became So Controversial
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic
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January 31, 2018
We've weaponized immigration rhetoric, from chain migration to Dreamers
Leo R. Chavez, Los Angeles Times
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January 30, 2018
The myth of America's immigration problem
Ryan Cooper, The Week
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January 30, 2018
A US immigration history of white supremacy and ableism
Kristin Garrity Sekerci & Azza Altiraifi, Al Jazeera
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January 30, 2018
Trump's immigration policies are 'economic poison' that will cost taxpayers billions
James Boland & Tom Perez, CNBC
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January 29, 2018
The East Germans of the 21st Century
David Brooks, The New York Times
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January 29, 2018
Our system of family-based immigration works for America
Judy Chu & Linda Sanchez, The Hill
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January 23, 2018
Spanish use is steady or dropping in US despite high Latino immigration
Phillip M. Carter, The Conversation
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January 15, 2018
Know-Nothings for the 21st Century
Paul Krugman, The New York Times
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January 13, 2018
Curbing immigration means curbing job creation
John Arensmeyer, The Hill
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January 8, 2018
Trump's crackdown on legal immigration is huring America
Anastasia Tonello, Fox News
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January 8, 2018
A Counterproductive Approach to a Broken Immigration System
Michael Shifter & Ben Raderstorg, The New York Times
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January 2, 2018
Here's What To Expect On Immigration In 2018
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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January 2, 2018
On immigration, Trump is positioned to do what Obama and Bush couldn't
Ali Noorani, USA Today
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December 21, 2017
Trump's "soft" ethnic cleansing: Immigrants as human garbage
Chauncey Devega, Salon
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December 14, 2017
Congress must act on the 'dreamers'
Tim Cook & Charles Koch, The Washington Post
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December 7, 2017
The Dream Act could bring the rule of law back to immigration policy
Hiroshi Motomura, Los Angeles Times
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December 6, 2017
The fraudulent case for 'Kate's wall'
Steve Chapmen, Chicago Tribune
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December 3, 2017
A Guide For Future Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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November 24, 2017
Immigration reform won't stop ISIS
Robert A. Pape, The Boston Globe 
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November 22, 2017
DACA recipients saw their mental health improve. Now, advocates fear its end will have the opposite effect
Tiziana Rinaldi, PRI
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November 11, 2017
Trump immigrant rhetoric relies on statistical outliers
Abigail R. Hall & Michael Coon, Mercury News
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November 8, 2017
The Alt-right's favorite academic
Shikha Dalmia, The Week
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SPEAKING OF
IMMIGRANT POLICY

"White nationalism is in many ways a mirror image of radical Islamism. Both share a nostalgic obsession with a purist form of identity: for one, a medieval Islamic state; for the other, a white nation unpolluted by immigrant blood. If the influence of white nationalists continues to grow, they will eventually seek to trample the rights of immigrants and minorities and dismiss courts and constitutions as anti-democratic because they don't reflect the supposed preferences of 'the people.' Their rise threatens to transform countries that we once thought of as icons of liberalism into democracies only in name."

Sashan Polakow-Suransky, "White Nationalism is Destroying the West, The New York Times, Oct. 12, 2017.
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LATEST STUDIES
AND REPORTS

MPI paper questions the assumption that targeted development assistance will reduce the pressure to migrate
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MPI paper examines the scarcity of legal migration pathways for low-skilled workers and recommends approaches to solve the problem
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CMS study reports that the undocumented population in the U.S.fell by nearly 1 million from 2010 to 2016
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Pew study finds that Hispanic identity fades over time -- a development that may change "the nation's own sense of its diversity"
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NAE study highlights the economic impact of immigrants in San Diego, California
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Transatlantic Council paper assesses how policy changes wrought by the Trump administration will slow the long-term integration of immigrants and refugees and how states will become "major actors" in the immigration and integration policy arenas
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Triangle Center releases its annual report on acts of violence committed by Muslim extremists in the U.S.
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NBER paper finds that the DACA program has brought about significant educational and employment gains for participants
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Paper faults the U.S. refugee resettlement program for its focus on early employment and its lack of attention to the broader goal of refugee integration
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WES publishes E-Guide for foreign-trained nurses interested in reestablishing their careers in the U.S.
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AIC report finds that foreign-trained doctors fill a critical role in the U.S. healthcare system
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McKinsey study finds that ethnic and gender diversity in corporate management correlates with above average business performance
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Legal scholar suggest that cities and the federal government have increasingly divergent views of citizenship in the modern world
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Weaving together conclusions from a number of recent studies, JMHS paper makes recommendations for provisions to be included in the Global Compact on Refugees, scheduled to be developed by the U.N. this year
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JMHS study casts doubt on the accuracy of estimates from the Department of Homeland Security on the size of the "visa overstay" population in the U.S. (Actual numbers almost half of what was reported)
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NCSL article reviews available data on immigrant economic and civic integration and describes the evolving state role in addressing immigration issues
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Study examines how events associated with the "war on crime" and mass incarceration in the eighties and nineties led to the criminalization of immigration
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Article discusses "what we know and need to know" about access to legal representation for immigrants facing deportation
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Harvard Business Review study explores the role played by immigrant executives in U.S. corporations
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Passaage of Dream Act legislation by Congress would increase U.S. GDP by $7.6 billion, according to JMHS study
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AILA paper provides an overview of the U.S. family-based immigration system and questions whether reductions proposed by the Trump Administration are warranted
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Urban Institute report sees dire consequences for the Social Security Trust Fund if Congress passes restrictionist immigration legislation
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New American Economy report details the positive economic impact of Sub-Saharan immigrants in the United States
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MPI updates its profile of Middle Eastern and North African immigrants in the United States
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Report analyzes Illinois' innovative approach to gathering data on English language learners under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
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MPI report outlines steps that can be taken to diversify the workforce in the field of early childhood development
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 MPI report details lessons learned by members of the "Learning Network for Newcomer Youth Success," who shared insights into effective educational models for serving unaccompanied minors and immigrant and refugee youth with interruped formal schooling
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Chicago Council report compares immigrant skills and education with the training requirements for specific jobs and points out the mismatches that might be addressed through innovative workforce development policies and programs
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CLASP report highlights the role that adult education and workforce development programs could play in enabling Dreamers to qualify for legalization
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IOM publishes its 9th World Migration Report containing key information on global migration, as well as expert analysis of emerging issues in the field
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Transatlantic Council paper articulates "guiding principles" for successful partnerships among immigrant sending, transit, and receiving countries to manage migration flows
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Report from the Bipartisan Policy Center finds that robust levels of immigration will be crucial to prevent depletion of the Social Security Trust Fund
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Report explores how to frame the advantages of bilingualism to counter arguments based on the "zero sum game cultural model"
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Report from the National Foundation for American Policy provides an overview of the current U.S. legal immigration system and challenges some of the myths advanced by immigration restrictionists
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Urban Institute report explores the child care decisions of immigrant parents - finds low use of center-based care on the part of LEP parents
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MPI report finds little evidence that regularization of the status of DREAMers will adversely affect the job prospects of U.S.-born millennials
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MPI publishes occupational and educational profile of current DACA recipients
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Report finds problems with the way the government produces prevailing wage data for the H-1B program
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Study of early 20th century immigration finds that population diversity produces long-term economic gains
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The percentage of Fortune 500 firms founded or co-founded by immigrants or their children has risen to 43 percent, according to new analysis
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Kaiser Family Foundation report finds that the current anti-immigrant political climate is creating "toxic stress" on immigrant family life, leading to a wide range of harmful outcomes for adults and children
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Paper finds evidence that service in the military during World War I facilitated the "assimilation" of southern and eastern European immigrants
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