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15 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 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.







June 13, 2019
As Immigrants Face Attacks, Where Stands Philanthropy?
Steve Dubb, Nonprofit Quarterly
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June 7, 2019
Why Should Immigrants 'Respect Our Borders'? The West Never Respected Theirs
Suketu Mehta, The New York Times
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June 4, 2019
What Will the E-Verify Program Be Used to Surveil Next?
David Bier, CATO
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June 3, 2019
Study: Trump's Immigration Agenda May Compromise Care for Elderly, Disabled
Yusra Murad, Morning Consult
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June 2, 2019
Can Congress trust Trump to implement immigration reform?
David Bier, The Hill
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May 23, 2019
Most Canadian Immigrants Are Not Economic Migrants, they are Family-Based Immigrants
Alex Nowrasteh, CATO
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May 22, 2019
What's behind the desire for 'skilled' immigrants? Racial prejudice
Neil Malhotra & Benjamin Newman, The Washington Post
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May 21, 2019
How anti-immigrant policies thward scientific discovery
Violet Moller, The Washington Post
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May 21, 2019
Only Immigrants Can Reverse America's Baby Bust
Adam Minter, Bloomberg Opinion
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May 17, 2019
Trump's immigration plan endangers America's ability to integrate foreigners
Julia Brookins, Think
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May 17, 2019
Trump Immigration Plan May Throw 4 Million People Off Immigrant Waiting Lists
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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May 13, 2019
Is There a Connection Between Undocumented Immigrants and Crime?
Anna Flagg, The New York Times
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May 10, 2019
How anti-immigrant policies thwart scientific discovery
Violet Moller, The Washington Post
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May 8, 2019
Trump's immigration crackdown will make America's population slowdown much worse
Evan Horowitz, Think
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May 4, 2019
Trump wants 'toughness' to deter migration, but physical measures keep failing
Nick Miroff, Maria Sacchetti & Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post
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May 3, 2019
We're losing foreign students due to Trump immigration rules. N.J. college presidents lament
Kelly Heyboer,
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April 30, 2019
Can Democrats Win On Immigration Policy In 2020?
Geoffrey Skelly, Fivethirtyeight
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April 9, 2019
Trump says the U.S. is too 'full' for more immigrants. The opposite is true
Wayne A. Cornelius, The L.A. Times
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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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"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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Study gives ten reasons why international migration is one of the greatest challenges of our time
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CMS study disputes the contention that there is a rising number of people overstaying their nonimmigrant visas
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Suggesting a number of policy reforms, CMS paper argues that the U.S. government, going back to the Obama administration, has failed to respond effectively to the changing character of migration across the southern border 
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Policy brief from New Jersey think tank argues that "immigrants are the cornerstone of New Jersey's economy"
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MPI udates its profile of Korean immigrants in the U.S.
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Paper argues that the Trump administration's proposal to strip the spouses of H-1B visa holders of their permission to work in the U.S. would be detrimental to the economy
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Paper assesses the economic impact of compelling Temporary Protected Status (TPS) visa holders to leave the United States
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Paper examines the potential of Place-Based Visas (PBVs) to reverse population decline and stimulate economic activity in depressed parts of the United States
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MPI study examines the policies and practices of child welfare systems striving to address the special needs of immigrant families, especially families dealing with the threat or effects of deportation
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Why are non-citizens being driven out of the U.S. military, and how is the military being shortchanged in the process? New MPI policy brief addresses these questions.
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Stanford paper defends the right to "economic" migration on the part of former subjects of colonial empires
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Despite the plenary power doctrine, Stanford paper argues that equal protection and due process arguments should be used to challenge the white nationalist features of U.S. immigration law and policy
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MPI paper examines two models for the management of "merit-based" immigration systems: demand-driven (relying on employer work offers) and point-based
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Report from the Fiscal Policy Institute estimates the fiscal impact of allowing undocumented residents in New York State to obtain driver's licenses and sees benefits for the entire community from such legislation
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Legal scholar argues that Americans have always shown an aversion to the consolidation of police powers and that the Secure Communities program flies in the face of that tradition
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Paper argues that the totality of Trump administration policies towards Latino immigrants constitutes a new "repatriation" campaign similar to the expulsions that occurred during the Great Depression and the fifties
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CLASP report documents the "devastating" impact of Trump administration deportation policies on the cognitive and emotional development of children in immigrant-headed families
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New America analyzes the motivational dynamics behind decisions to naturalize and offers recommendations to local, state and federal governments on creative ways to promote naturalization
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Paper examines why America's "racialized immigration history" enables Mexicans to benefit disproportinally from state programs designed to integrate immigrants, such as California's AB60 legislation providing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants
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