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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 1,000 abstracts (with links to the full studies) have been grouped into 12 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.






April 8, 2017
Deportation as a Crime Aganst Humanity
Ali Khan, Jurist Twenty
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April 7, 2017
Why Expertise Matters
Adam Frank, NPR
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April 3, 2017
The Case for Immigration
Matthew Yglesias, Vox
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March 31, 2017
The Facts About Immigration
John Cassidy, The New Yorker
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March 21, 2017
I'm a bit brown. But in America I'm white. Not for much longer
Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian
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March 17, 2017
Rep. Steve King is half-right. Immigrans really do change America's culture
Tom Gjelten, The Washington Post
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March 17, 2017
The Problem with Calling the U.S. a 'Nation of Immigrants'
Arica L. Coleman, Time
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March 16, 2017
Green Beer and Rank Hypocrisy
Fintan O'Toole, The New York Times
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March 10, 2017
Immigration Works Fine When Newcomers Integrate
Noah Smith, Bloomberg View
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March 7, 2017
Fact Checker: Trump's claim that immigrants cost taxpayers 'many billions of dollars a year'
Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Washington Post
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March 5, 2017
What Biracial People Know: Research on the Benefits of Diversity Doesn't Bode Well for our Mostly White, Male Cabinet
Moises Velsquez-Manoff, The New York Times
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March 3, 2017
What the research says about immigants hasn't changed
Audrey Singer & Kim S. Reuben, Urban Wire
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March 2, 2017
Sociology professor's work on immigration's impact on crime proves timely
Jennifer L. Williams, William & Mary News
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March 2, 2017
Scapegoating immigrants is now official policy
Albor Ruiz, Al Dia News
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March 2, 2017
Does NJ Have a Lot to Lose if Undocumentd Deported in Large Numbers?
John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight
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February 27, 2017
Stanford's dean of medicine says restricting immigration to the US is bad for our health
Lloyd B. Minor, Quartz
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February 26, 2017
America's mass deportation system is rooted in racism
Kelly Lytle Hernandez, The Conversation
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February 22, 2017
Trump's mentions of 'honor killings' betray the truth of his 'Muslim ban'
Leti Volpp, The Hill
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February 21, 2017
Trump's immigration order will increase crime
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
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February 21, 2017
The Myth of the U.S. Immigration Crisis
Noah Smith, Bloomberg
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February 18, 2017
Trump Has Turned the GOP Into the Party of Eugenics
Sarah Jones, The New Republic
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February 16, 2017
The Democrats' Immigration Problem
Thomas B. Edsall, The New York Times
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February 10, 2017
The Democrats' Immigration Problem(s)
Megan McCardle, Bloomberg View
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February 8, 2017
Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them.
Natasha Hall, The Washington Post
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February 7, 2017
I'm Pro-Life and Pro-Refugee
Scott Arbeiter, The New York Times
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January 28, 2017
The Roots of a Counterproductive Immigration Policy
David Frum, The Atlantic
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January 14, 2017
The world needs a new strategy to tackle the migration crisis
William Lacy Swing, The Guardian
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January 12, 2017
Diverse Metros Mean Higher Wages for All
Tanvi Misra, Citylab, The Atlantic
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January 10, 2017
The High Cost of Closed Borders
Richard Florida, Citylab, The Atlantic
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January 3, 2017
Why Trump's plan to deport criminal noncitizens won't work
Kari Hong, The Washington Post
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December 28, 2016
Canada's sanctuary for migrants is built on a strict immigration policy
Paul May, LA Times
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December 28, 2016
Faster Growth? Two Things Trump Supporters Won't Like
Neil Irwin, The New York Times
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December 27, 2016
The numbers don't lie, but anti-immigration radicals do
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
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December 20, 2016
What is often called 'illegal immigration' isn't realy illegal
Daniel Connolly, PRI
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December 8, 2016
(Orginally published October 26, 2016)
Making America
General Colin Powell, Democracy (Carnegie Corporation)
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November 30, 2016
Why immigrants won't self-deport
Wayne A. Cornelius, Los Angeles Times
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November 30, 2016
Forget the Wall. If You Want Less Illegal Immigration, Go After Employers
Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
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November 29, 2016
Sanctuary Cities Are Safe, Thanks to Conservatives
Noah Feldman, BloombergView
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November 29, 2016
Contronym and Controversy
Michael A. Olivas, Inside Higher Ed
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November 16, 2016
Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn't one of them
German Lopez, Vox
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November 16, 2016
What the Mass Deportation of Immigrants Might Look Like
Louis Hyman & Natasha Iskandar, Slate
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November 15, 2016
The Ideological Roots of Donald Trump's Immigration Team
Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact
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November 15, 2016
There's No Such Thing as a Good Trump Voter
Jamelle Bouie, Slate
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November 15, 2016
The Facts About Immigration
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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November 14, 2016
Nativists Created Our Immigration Problems - They Can't Fix Them
David Bier, Cato Institute
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November 13, 2016
When Borders Close
Ruchir Sharma, The New York Times
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November 11, 2016
The Sheer Horror of Trump's Win
Tom Moran, The Star-Ledger
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November 10, 2016
Donald Trump's Signature Campaign Positions on Immigration and Refugee Protection and Why the President-Elect Should Reconsider Them
Donald Kerwin, The Huffington Post
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October 31, 2016
Immigrants Are Keeping America Young - And the Economy Growing
Ben Casselman, The New York Times

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October 31, 2014

The Easiest, Smartest, and Most Important Pivot for the Republican Party After Trump
Adam Ozimek, Forbes
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October 24, 2016

How America's Outdated Immigration Laws Hurt the Economy
Brian Schaitkin, Christian Science Monitor
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October 15, 2016
The immense value that immigrants have always brought to America
Esther J. Cepeda, The Salt Lake Tribune
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October 9, 2016
Immigration is a dying issue
Tim Kane, CNN
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"Today our nation is at a crossroads. People around the globe are on the move, seeking safety and opportunity, and some will eventually make the United States their new home. Will we let our fears and differences divide us, or will we embrace the opportunity -- as America at our best has historically done -- to work together as neighbors, each contributing to the economic, cultural, and social fabric of communities?"

Welcoming America, Neigbors Together: Promising Practices to Strengthen Relations with Refugees and Muslims, 2016, p. 16.
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Article points out the contradictions and inconsistencies in current U.S. immigration policy and calls for changes to improve the overall system

Study finds that visa overstays now account for 66 percent of all new undocumented immigrants, raising doubts over the effectiveness and return on investment of "building a wall" 

According to new study, "hostility to the Constitution" has been an accusation used by nativists throughout American history to mask their antipathy to certain groups of immigrants

CAP paper argues that the benefits of local police participation in federal immigration law enforcement are not worth the costs

CATO Institute paper finds low incarceration rates for both documented and undocumented immigrants

AIC paper reviews what local jurisdictions with "sanctuary policies" can and cannot do, without running afoul of federal law or compromising their law enforcement mission

NIF paper reviews the legal and constitutional grounds for local police to refrain from cooperating with federal immigration authorities on immigration detainers

CAP report explores the number of U.S. citizens living with undocumented family members and calls for policies to keep families together

Analyzing job postings over the last five years, NAE study finds surge in demand for bilingual workers in the U.S. economy

Study finds greater stability in the family life of foreign-born Hispanic mothers than in that of white, black, or U.S.-born Hispanic mothers

Study examines how Latino fathers interact with their partners and children, noting important distinctions between immigrant and U.S.-born fathers

According to new study, immigrant integration as a public policy goal has advanced on the local level over the last two decades, but needs to be coordinated at the federal level

CATO study finds that the political opinions of immigrants resemble those of the native-born, except on the topic of immigration itself

MPI produces a set of fact sheets on English learners in U.S. schools

MPI report calls attention to the changing ethnic composition of people seeking to cross the southern border and notes that the majority are now presenting themselves at official border crossings rather than trying to cross surreptitiously

Study questions the stereotypes of human smugglers as predators, and migrants and asylum seekers as victims

Review of recent research casts doubt on President Trump's assertions that immigrants are prone to crime

Paper finds no evidence of any "indirect" effects of immgration on crime rates in the U.S.

MPI publishes profile of the Korean immigrant population in the U.S.

OMH issues a "Practical Guide" for organizations interested in implementing the enhanced CLAS Standards (Standards for Cultually and Linguistically Appropriate Services)

NYU's Brennan Center for Justice finds no basis for claims of widespread non-citizen voter fraud

MPI report showcases successful initiatives to integrate foreign-trained immigrant professionals into the job market

NSC paper calls for an upskilling strategy in the service sector focusing on literacy, numeracy, and digital problem-solving

MPI paper sees cause for hope that the world community will rise to the challenge of dealing with the world refugee crisis

Article explains the U Visa's "failed promise for survivors of domestic violence" and urges reforms to restore victim autonomy

Brookings scholars make recommendations to the Trump Administration for dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis, urge continuation of the Syrian resettlement program

MPI essay examines the Obama Administration's deportation priorities and record in comparison to previous administrations

MPI publishes a demographic profile of Syrian refugees in the United States

MPI paper analyzes mutual recognition agreements negotiated by 8 nations in the ASEAN region permitting professionals trained in one country to have their qualifications recognized in another

CMS paper estimates the economic fallout from a program of mass deportations

Contrary to assertions by the Trump Administration, CAP reports finds less crime in sanctuary communities than in non-sanctuary

MPI weighs the pros and cons of allowing more international STEM students to remain in the United States

American Counseling Association calls for "cultural humility" to improve counselor effectiveness in working with clients from diverse backgrounds

World Education publishes fact sheets on collaborative projects undertaken by "The Networks for Integrating New Americans Initiative"

Penn State report finds value in family literacy programs as a strategy for reducing intergenerational poverty

McKinsey study finds that the world's 247 milion migrants contibute $6.7 trillion, or 9.4 percent, to global GDP, with little evidence of adverse affects on the wages or emplyment of native-born workers

Boston Redevelopment Authority produces profiles of the 15 largest immigrant groups in Boston

New study provides insights into the gender and intergenerational characteristics of Chinese immigrant households

Report from the National Immigration Forum spotlights model programs designed to help immigrants achieve their full economic potential

Are "low-skilled" immigrants really low-skilled?  Study questions the common assumption that educational level is a reliable indicator of worker skill

MPI report provides estimates for the lost earnings and tax revenues from the underemployment of high-skilled immigrants

Study estimates the costs to specific industries of a mass deportation strategy

Boston conducts survey of adults enrolled in 39 ESOL programs

MPI publishes study of two-generation programs serving immigrant families and identifies key program design elements

MPI publishes a set of 30 state data briefs detailing the sociodemographic characteristics of immigrant families with young children

MPI analyzes the limited English proficient population in the U.S.

Study traces the historical development of "lawful presence" as an in-between category, the growth in the number of people in this category, and the denial pf public benefits to them, leading to the danger of caste-like discrimination"

Essay critiques the concept of "wrongfulness" in cross-border migration and suggests other ways to justify the regularization of undocumented immigrants

National Immigration Forum stresses the importance of immigrant skill development and training in a newly-released policy paper

National Skills Coalition releases transition paper with detailed recommendations for the new administration on workforce education and training

MPI paper examines the history of border walls and questions their usefulness in stopping unauthorized migration

Research suggests that restrictive state laws on immigration are not effective in reducing the size of the undocumented population

Paper critiques the concept of "earned legalization" or "earned citizenship" and suggests that undocumented people should be viewed as an oppressed caste in American society

Blue Ribbon Panel of migration experts proposes a new bilateral worker agreement between the United States and Mexico

National Immigration Forum publishes blueprint for a bipartisan, "market-oriented," immigration reform plan

New American Economy publishes snapshot of immigrants in Lancaster County (PA)

New York State publishes portrait of its immigrant population

New data platform will greatly increse the amount of information available about immigrant entrepreneurs in the U.S.

Why are immigrants more entrepreneurial? New research suggests that their cross-cultural experiences enable them to identify and pursue business opportunities

Paper questions the neglect of the learner's own language in teaching English

National Skills Coalition publishes Integrated Education and Training Toolkit

MPI paper reviews precedents and prospects for the free movement of people in South America

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