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15 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.







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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September 29, 2019
Even as President Trump slams the door on refugees, there is reason for hope
Julia G. Young, the Washington Post
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September 25, 2019
Visiting a tent city in Mexico created by Trump's Migrant Protection Protocol
Matt Gaventa, The Christian Century
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September 18, 2019
Refugee resettlement: America's last claim to moral leadership in jeopardy
Patricia Hatch, Baltimore Sun
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September 15, 2019
Democratic Candidates Need to Get Real on Immigration
Editorial Board, Bloomberg Opinion
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September 9, 2019
Why the left should argue for more immigration -- but not open borders
Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti, The Guardian
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September 6, 2019
Is it time for lawmakers to come together on immigration reform?
Casey Higgins, The Hill
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September 6, 2019
How climate change is driving emigration from Central America
Miranda Cady Hallett, The Conversation
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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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Report makes the case for easing federal and state barriers to occupational licensing for all work-authorized immigrants in order to ease worker shortages and promote economic self-sufficiency
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Report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities argues that the Trump administration's "public charge" rule will cripple workforce growth, especially of non-college-educated immigrants, who are the backbone of many industries
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Report from New American Economy finds that the percentage of Fortune 500 companies with immigrant founders has risen to 45 percent -- includes a data tool to explore the state-level impact of these "New American" companies
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Harvard study finds that members of Congress with recent immigrant family backgrounds tend to suppport "more permissive immigration legislation"
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Colorado reporty lambasts federal government for delays in processing citizenship applications and points out the civil rights implications of such delays
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Paper analyzes the denaturalization campaign of the Trump administration and warns of its threat to social cohesion and the immigrant sense of security
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MPI paper outlines issues for consideration by policy makers in designing effective immigration selection systems for a "new age of economic competitiveness"
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Georgetown paper proposes legislative fixes for the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, including financial incentives for return and paths to green card status for long-term U.S. residents
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In contrast to the Trump administration's "enforcement-only" approach, CAP paper sketches the contours of a principled, cooperative and pragmatic policy to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Central America
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