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19 Collections of
Research Abstracts and Links
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 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.





January 19, 2023
N.J. expands health care coverage to all children, regardless of immigration status
Sophie Nieto-Munoz, New Jersey Monitor
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January 19, 2023
Biden gets real on immigration
Will Marshall, The Hill
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January 17, 2023
Big Tech's Layoffs Highlight How the US Fails Immigrant Workers
Anna Kramer, Wired
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January 13, 2023
House GOP To Vote On Immigration Bill That Could End Asylum
Stuart Anderson Forbes
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January 12, 2023
Traditional immigration policy has failed. Biden is right to try to reform it.
Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post
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January 12, 2023
Only 45 Percent of Employment-Based Green Cards Went to Workers in 2021
Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute
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January 12, 2023
How many immigrants can the US realistically accept?
Tom Mockaitis, The Hill
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January 11, 2023
'We need more people,' says Fed's Powell. What does that mean for immigration reform?
Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch
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January 11, 2023
Democrats Need An Immigration Strategy Before They Turn On Each Other
Bill Scher, Washington Monthly
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January 10, 2023
New nation, new ideas: A study finds immigrants out-innovate native-born Americans
Greg Rosalsky, NPR (Planet Money)
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January 8, 2023
Assessing Biden's New Immigration Policies
Ilya Somin, Reason
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January 2, 2023
Discovering the 'honeypot': the surprising way restricting immigration can turn out to hurt the (American) working poor
Dean Hol, The Conversation
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December 30, 2022
Democratic Congress was disappointment for immigration activists
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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December 27, 2022
US Supreme Court keeps asylum limits in place for now
Rebecca Santana & Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
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December 22, 2022
Biden expands immigration tool (Temporary Protected Status) that doesn't require Congress
Caroline Coudriet, Roll Call
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December 21, 2022
Does Immigration Undermine Social Trust?
Ilya Somin, Reason
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December 21, 2022
Sinema Says Immigration Talks 'Coming Back Strong' Next Year
Ellen M. Gilmer, Bloomberg Law
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December 20, 2022
Wealthy democracies have looser immigration policies, researchers find
Danny Long,
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December 19, 2022
Chief Justice Roberts pauses lifting of Title 42, keeping migrant policy in place for now
John Fritze, USA Today
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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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MPI publishes 25 state fact sheets on the growing number and characteristics of families with children who are dual language learners
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Paper calls for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration system to align with the needs of the economy
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Paper emphasizes the importance of working together with other nations in the Americas to manage migration and draws attention to promising initiatives already underway
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Study finds that the number of people worldwide enduring conditions of modern slavery has risen to almost 50 million
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Report chronicles recent victories in the movement to end immigrant detention in the U.S.
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Report examines trends in the issuance of temporary visas over the last two decades
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Report assesses the extent of limited English proficiency among Asian American populations and stresses the importance of language accessibility in order to achieve health equity 
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Report finds evidence of burnout among staff of immigrant service organizations and urges funders to provide resources to address the problem
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Report on international students discusses the importance of post-study work opportunities in the U.S. and the obstacles to securing access to them
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Study examines the role and impact of foreign-born athletes in the World Cup
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Study urges environmentalists and immigrant rights advocates to work together to ensure that the needs of migrants are factored into "green new deal" planning
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Paper explains why nearly 4 million people with approved family immigration petitions are stuck in backlogs and recommends ways to relieve the problem
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Paper argues that the H-2B seasonal worker program, if properly administered, could reduce irregular migration from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
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TRAC paper compiles data on, and examines the reasons for, the sharp increase in case completions at the nation's immigration courts
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Legal scholar takes issue with those on the left opposing greater public funding for legal services for immigrants in deportation proceedings
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Paper offers both praise and criticism for the sweeping changes in the American asylum process recently introduced by the Biden administration
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What strategies will help countries implement evidence-based policymaking in the field of immigrant integration?  Paper from MPI looks at this issue in the European context
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MPI publishes statistical profile of immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa
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Data Interactive from the American Immigration Council examines current and projected job openings in specific industries in the U.S. and the role of immigrants in meeting future labor force needs
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections