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17 Collections of
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.







May, 2020
The Rocky Road to a MobileWorld after COVID-19
Meghan Benton, MPI Commentary
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May 22, 2020
Liberate Naturalization Ceremonies!
Linda Chavez, The Bulwark
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May 19, 2020
If Joe Biden wins, immigration reform may actually be possible
Paul Waldman, The Washington Post, May 19, 2020
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May 15, 2020
Immigration reform after Covid-19
Alex Nowrasteh, The Hill
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May 12, 2020
Is Biden Going to Repeat Obama's Immigration Mistakes?
Laura Weiss, The New Republic
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May 11, 2020
Immigration Policies Threaten American Competitiveness
William R. Kerr, Working Knowledge (Harvard Business School)
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May 8, 2020
Can COVID-19 positively change perceptions on Migration?
Catherine Xhardez, openDemocracy
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May 6, 2020
The world needs more immigration after the pandemic, not less,
Pankaj Mishra, The Print
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May 1, 2020
After the Pandemic, the U.S. Will Need More Immigrants,
The Editors, Bloomberg Opinion
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April, 2020
As COVID-19 Slows Human Mobility, Can the Global Compact for Migration Meet the Test for a Changed Era?
Lena Kainz, Migration Policy Institute Commentary
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April 30, 2020
Trump's Immigration Pause Won't Outlast Him,
Shikha Dalmia, Reason
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April 30, 2020
Trump's New Immigration Ban Is Potentially More Dangerous, and More Legally Vulnerable, Than You Might Think,
Anil Kalhan, American Constitution Society Expert Forum
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April 29, 2020
Trump's Immigration Lockdown Will Weaken America,
Noah Smith, Bloomberg Opinion
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April 28, 2020
America's Faith in Law is at Stake in the DACA Case,
H. Lee Sarokin, The Atlantic
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April 28, 2020
Immigration suspension: All hat and no cattle?
Ruth Ellen Wasem, The Hill
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April 22, 2020
Three Reasons Why Immigrants Aren't Going to Take Your Job,
Alex Nowrasteh, Cato at Liberty,
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April 22, 2020
Trump's New Executive Order Will Favor Immigrants From Western Europe,
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April 21, 2020
Trump Does It: An Executive Order To Suspend Immigration
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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April 16, 2020
Stephen Miller's hardline policies on refugee families make a comeback at HHS
Dan Diamond, Politico
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April 8, 2020
COVID-19 lockdowns and the global migration regime,
Jonathan Crush, Hungry Cities Partnership
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April 1, 2020
Almost Half of Recent US Immigrants Had College Degrees,
Associated Press
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March 26, 2020
U.S. Population Grows at Slowest Rate Since 2019
Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times
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March 26, 2020
These taxpayers won't get stimulus checks. That's unjust.
Tim Breene, CNN
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March 20, 2020
Trump's 'Chinese' Virus Is Part of a Long History of Blaming Other Countries for Disease
Becky Little, Time
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March, 2020
Coronavirus Is Spreading across Borders, But It Is Not a Migration Problem,
Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, Meghan Benton, & Susan Fratzke, Migration Policy Institute Commentary
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March 18, 2020
2019 Year in Hate,
Southern Poverty Law Center
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March 13, 2020
Xenophobia Puts Us All at Greater Risk of Getting the Coronavirus,
Kevin J. A. Thomas, Center for Migration Studies
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March 12, 2020
The Coronavirus Is Killing Globalization as We Know It
Philippe Legrain, Foreign Policy
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March 5, 2020
The Open Borders Trap
Jason DeParle, The New York Times
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March 4, 2020
Trump's immigration policies will make the coronavirus pandemic worse
Wendy E. Parmet, STAT News
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February 28, 2020
White Supremacy Goes Green
Beth Gardner, The New York Times
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February 23, 2020
Surprise Trump immigration deal would boost US economy
Josh T. Smith, The Hill
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February 2020
The Future of Refugee Resettlement: Made in Europe?
Susan Fratzke & Hanne Beirens, MPI Commentary
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February 19, 2020
Survey: Immigration Policies Driving Work Out of America
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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February 17, 2020
Here's a hard truth about immigration: Both sides are going to have to compromise
Frank Argote-Freyre, Star-Ledger
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February 17, 2020
The Northeast Needs Immigrants to Bolster Economy and Help Prevent a Demographic Catastrophe
Robin Lally, Rutgers Today
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February 13, 2020
How Partisanship Is Destroying America's Competitiveness
Adi Gaskell, Forbes
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February 7, 2020
Expanded Immigration Ban Puts Americans Last
Doug Rand, Just Security
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February 5, 2020
The Next Harmful Immigration Move Against International Students
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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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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Paper argues that a "merit-based" immigration system, where DACA recipients are given priority over applicants from abroad, might be an effective, bipartisan solution to the DACA problem
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Seton Hall paper decries the "tinderbox" of potential COVID-19 infection within the immigrant detention system in the U.S. and suggests reforms, such as decriminalization and greater use of the bond system, to reduce the risk of mass infection
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Study finds that attitudes towards immigrants become more accepting when native-born Americans are reminded of their own immigrant backgrounds
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New American Economy publishes a detailed snapshot of the growing population of black immigrants in the U.S.
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Reviewing the Trump administration's restrictions on immigration since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, MPI researchers see a "crisis within a crisis"
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Paper argues that health and social assistance, particuarly in the current COVID-19 crisis, should be delivered by the government, not private sector organizations; author also sees the issuance of the public charge order as evidence of a flawed philosophy holding the poor responsible for their plight
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CMS paper presents a vision of a world where migration reforms and labor reforms respond to transformations in the labor market and show respect for human rights and ethical standards
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Paper from New American Economy details the crucial role played by immigrants in securing the U.S. food supply
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Paper predicts humanitarian crises in poor countries caused by the pandemic-related drop in remittances
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MPI report documents the vital importance of immigrant workers to the pandemic response effort but also points out that they are disproportionately vulnerable to the economic fallout from the crisis
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Researchers find that the non-cognitive "character" skills of immigrants, such as grit and openness to experience, produce positive labor market outcomes
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The International Organization for Migration publishes its biennial World Migration Report 2020 designed to "demystify" the topic of migration and build the evidence base for sound policy-making
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Study examines Trump's "unorthodox" use of executive orders to engage in substantive immigration policy-making
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Paper analyzes "Sanctuary State" initiatives in California and New Jersey
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Are there distinctive patterns of migration among immigrant women and girls?  MPI seeks to uncover these patterns in a new report
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In a study of the psychological damage inflicted on families separated at the Mexican border, Physicians for Human Rights found that all subjects met diagnostic criteria for at least one mental health condition, e.g. PTSD, depression, or anxiety
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MPI analyzes the complex connections between Asian Indian physicians and nurses, the international market for healthcare professionals, and the mediating role of the Indian government
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The Labor and Workforce Life Program at Harvard University releases its recommendations for reform of the nation's labor laws
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Study finds that the "repatriation" of Mexican workers during the Great Depression reduced employment opportunities and wages for native-born workers
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Urban Institute study suggests that the Trump administration's campaign to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, although struck down by the Supreme Court, has sown confusion and jeopardized the accuracy of the census,
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While the Trump administration blocks paths to citizenship, study shows the economic benefits of citizenship both to immigrants and the larger society
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Considering the powerful economic and environmental forces driving migration, Oxford study discusses the effectiveness of governments in regulating migration since 1960
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CMS publishes report on the plight of an estimated 218,000 "stateless" persons living in the United States
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CMS study emphasizes the importance of voluntary reverse migration, caused by improving economic and social conditions in countries of origin, in reducing the size of the undocumented population in the U.S. over the last decade
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Census Bureau publishes report detailing 2060 U.S. population projections under three different immigration admission scenarios: high, low, and none
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NFAP study quantifies the harm to future economic growth caused by Trump's efforts to scale back immigration through administrative means
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Essay fronm the Transatlantic Council calls for a "fundamental rethink" of the purpose and practice of immigrant integration
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On the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railorad, New American Economy offers reflections on the history and progress of the Chinese in America 
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MPI releases report on recent Braziian immigration to the U.S.
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In order to eliminate inequities in access to health care, study suggests that health care practitioners should adopt a "cultural safety" perspective, rather than "cultural competency" 
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Report from the Foundation for Child Development urges policy makers to adopt a public health perspective when considering the needs of low-income, immigrant children
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