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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.







February, 2020
Indian Immigrants Are Saving Canadian Hockey
Shikha Dalmia, Reason
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January 13, 2010
New Data: Legal Immigration Has Declined Under Trump
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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January 13, 2020
Why Hostility to Immigration Runs Deep
Noah Smith, Bloomberg
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January 10, 2020
To Win On Immigration, We Have To Lead With Love
Suzette Brooks Masters, People's Action
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January 9, 2020
Against Tribal America
Joel Kotkin, City Journal
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January 8, 2020
New Immigration Fees To Hit Businesses Hard
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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January 7, 2020
Immigrants are an economic boon to America
Jerry Haar, The Hill
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December 23, 2019
Sensible bipartisan immigration reform makes progress - a true Christmas miracle
Ali Noorani, Fox News
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December 17, 2019
The radical immigration changes under Trump that went unnoticed
Annalisa Merelli, Quartz
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December 11, 2019
Trump Has a Gift for Tearing Us Apart
Thomas B. Edsell, The New York Times
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December 15, 2019
Joe Biden Wants to Allow States and Localities to Issue Immigration Visas
David Bier, The National Interest
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December 12, 2019
Statutes of Liberty: Why are Immigration Fees Skyrocketing?
James Montana & Doran Shemin, ARLnow
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December 6, 2019
Impeaching America's immigration values: New steps by the Trump administration will fundamentally change our immigration system
Ali Noorani, The Boston Globe
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December 3, 2019
Abolish Immigration Prisons
Cesar Cuauhtemoc Garcia Hernandez, The New York Times
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December 2, 2019
Trump Has Built a Wall of Bureaucracy to Keep Out the Very Immigrants He Says He Wants
Sinduja Rangarajan, Mother Jones & Reveal
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November 30, 2019
The Creepy Racist Network Behind Trump Aide Stephen Miller
Mark Potok, The Daily Beast
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November 26, 2019
The connection between the poultry on your holiday table and Trump's deportation machine
Angela Stuesse, The Washington Post
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November 26, 2019
Trump's xenophobia is an American tradition -- but it doesn't have to be
Erika Lee, The Washington Post
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November 24, 2019
What we owe the world's refugees
Mark Hetfield, John L. McCullough & Krish O'Mara Vignarajah
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November 18, 2019
Why Trump Is Bad for Business
Geoff Colvin, Forbes
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November 12, 2019
Trump's latest anti-immigrant move: Making it far more costly to apply for citizenship
Manuel Pastor, The Los Angeles Times
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November 11, 2019
The Real Immigration Crisis: The Problem is Not Too Many, but Too Few
Chales Kenny, Foreign Affairs
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November 7, 2019
How to Beat Trump on Immigration
David Brooks, The New York Times
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November 7, 2019
Trump has spread more hatred of immigrants than any American in history
Tyler Anbinder, The Washington Post
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October, 2019
Health Insurance Test for Green-Card Applicants Could Sharply Cut Future U.S. Legal Immigration
Julia Gelatt & Mark Greenberg, Migration Policy Institute
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October, 2019
The Darkening City on the Hill:  The Trump Administration Heightens Its Assault on Refugee Protection
Donald Kerwin, Center for Migration Studies
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October 25, 2019
The Immigration Crisis Archive
Cesar Cuauhtemoc Garcia Hernandez
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October 15, 2019
African migration to the United States is the fastest-rising -- in spite of Trump
Chidinma Irene Nwoye & Dan Kopf, Quartz
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October 15, 2019
The New Geography of American Immigration
Richard Florida, Citylab
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October 11, 2019
Sharp Cuts in Immigration Threaten U.S. Economy and Innovation
Austan Goolsbee, The New York Times
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October 10, 2019
The Conservative Case Against Trump's Immigration Policies
Arthur Rizer & Jonathan Haggerty, Washington Monthly
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October 8, 2019
I Oversaw DHS Refugee Affairs. Here Are 3 Ways the Trump Administration is Trying to Mislead You
Barbara Strack, Time
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CAP paper examines the impact of climate change on global migration and recommends the development of a "Global Climate Resilience Strategy" that would collect data on climate-related human displacement
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MPI suggests that the latest round of USCIS fee increases will likely reduce the number and shift the profile of immigrants to the U.S.
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Through its "Winning in the States" initiative, NILC reports on state-level immigrant policy advances during a two-year period ending in 2019
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Report argues that volunteers can play a vital, supplemental role in the refugee integration process, but they need training and coordination
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Study finds that cities around the globe, recognizing the vital role that immigrants play in reversing population loss and stimulating economic development, are taking the lead in instituting welcoming policies and sharing best practices for immigrant integration
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AMA study finds that expansion of state health insurance coverage to immigrants does not lead to the in-migration of immigrants from other states
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Study in Western Europe finds a correlation between the presence of immigrants, who tend to provide support and care services for the elderly, and positive mental health outcomes for native-born seniors
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Researcher suggests that benefits and protections should be given to undocumented immigrants who file tax returns with ITIN numbers so as to boost national and state tax revenue
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NBER study findss that access to skilled H-1B immigrant workers greatly improves the economic performance of start-up firms
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Harvard study finds that the DACA program has had a hugely positive impact on undocumented youth, although anxiety over its possible demise is widespread
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Study finds that the naming practices of today's immigrants, i.e. using "American" names for U.S.-born children, are similar to those of previous generations of immigrants, suggesting that "assimilation" is occurring at rates similar to those of the past
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Noting high denial rates for Muslims applying for citizenship, researcher points out the discriminatory use of the "good moral character" requirement for citizenship
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MPI examines the response of Latin American countries to the growing numbers of African and Asian immigrants seeking to transit to the United States or Canada 
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Pew Research Center publishes list and analysis of counties in the U.S. that have become "majority nonwhite" since 2000
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Fiscal Policy Institute questions the accuracy of statistics used by the Trump administration to calculate the size of the undocumented population in the U.S. and to justify the collection of citizenship data by federal agencies
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Researchers argue that the Trump administration's efforts to create a "second wall" to block immigrants from entering the country through the erection of bureaucratic barriers have been highly successful and have encountered little resistance from advocates
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Report finds that the Trump administration proposal to deny green cards to immigrants enrolled in safety-net programs is leading to a sharp drop in health insurance enrollment by immigrant children in New Jersey
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Study finds that localities with stepped-up immigration enforcement show declines in the self-reporting of domestic violence by immigrants
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Research suggests that the technique of "deep canvassing" is more effective than traditional methods in changing attitudes on immigration-related issues
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MPI releases profile of the sub-Saharan African immigrant population in the U.S.
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Cornell study explores the growing importance of "immployment" law, or the convergence between immigration enforcement (including worker "un-authorization) and the erosion of labor rights
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How does stepped-up immigration enforcement affect naturalization rates? New research sheds important light on this question
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National Immigration Forum publishes detailed report on its experimental, industry-contextualized English language training program
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MPI paper argues that Trump administration policies on the southern border are antiquated and not designed to deal effectively with new demographic realities
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Paper argues that "crimmigration" and the pseudoscientific belief that immigrants from certain racial and ethnic backgrounds are more prone to criminal behavior have a long and shameful history in the United States
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MPI examines the crisis in the immigration court system and offers suggestions to reduce the current backlog and reform the system
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Paper discusses the history, accomplishments, and future of the universal legal representation model in deportation proceedings
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Paper critiques the bipartisan "tough-on-immigration paradigm" that has dominated immigration discourse in the U.S. and proposes a new reparative justice model to replace "the deserving-undeserving immigrant binary"
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Welcoming America publishes four short "how-to" papers updating the organization's 2011 Receiving Communities Toolkit
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Urban Institute report explores the barriers to participation in early childhood programs by immigrant children and stresses the importance of these programs in preparing the workforce of the future
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Examining the occupational mobility of immigrant children over a 100-year period, NBER study finds that immigrant children continue to have higher rates of upward mobility compared to children of non-immigrant parents, regardless of the socioeconomic status of their parents
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