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19 Collections of
Research Abstracts and Links
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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 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.





December, 2021
Can Omicron Finally Get the World to Cooperate on Pandemic Mobility Management?
Meghan Benton, Migration Policy Institute Commentary
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December 21, 2021
New Population Estimates Show Slowest Growth on Record for the Nation's Population
U.S. Census Bureau
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December 19, 2021
Restore the Original Immigration Policy: An Open Door
Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe
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December 14, 2021
Eager for new border model, Biden officials look to Europe's reception centers
Nick Miroff, The Washington Post
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December 10, 2021
With this immigration fix, employers can hire the workers they need
Stephen Yale-Loehr, The Hill
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December 9, 2021
Immigration Agency in Line for Billions in Fees in Spending Bill
Andrew Kreighbaum, Bloomberg Law
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December 7, 2021
The World's Population Is Set To Decline For The First Time In Centuries
Anish Vij, LAD Bible
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December 6, 2021
Are Refugee Resettlement Services Doing More Harm Than Good?
Els de Graauw, Shannon Gleeson, & Nicole Kreisberg, BiMi at UC Berkeley
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December 4, 2021
Biden and Businesses agree on one thing: U.S. needs immigrant workers
Rebecca Rainey, Politico
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November, 2021
Narrowing the Skills Gap: Equipping Immigrant-Origin Workers with Postsecondary Credentials
Jeanne Batalova & Michael Fix, Migration Policy Institute Commentary
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November 30, 2021
How Behavioral Factors Impact Communication on Immigration Policy
Meghan Holquist, Niskanen Center
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November 27, 2021
More Immigration Is Inevitable, But Overcoming Its Challenges Isn't
Demetrios Papademetriou, The National Interest
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November 24, 2021
Hispanic support for Republicans' hardline immigration policies may keep Texas red
Mark P. Jones, The Hill
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November 18, 2021
Immigration as an engine for reviving the middle class in midsized cities,
Dany Bahar & Greg Wright, Brookings
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November 24, 2021
Continuing Trump's pretext to block asylum claims, Biden defies the law and good politics
Karen Musalo, Los Angeles Times
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November 23, 2021
Contending With the Pandemic, Wealthy Nations Wage Global Battle for Migrants
Damien Cave & Christopher F. Schuetze, The New York Times
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November 23, 2021
ntegration or Crisis? In the Age of Migration, Those are the Only Choices
Jack A. Goldstone, The National Interest
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November 22, 2021
The missing immigrant workers
Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post
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November 21, 2021
From farm to table, immigrant workers keep America fed, but Trump-era policies helped create a labor shortfall that is causing food prices to rise,
Dominick Reuter & Mary Meisenzahi, Business Insider
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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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Multi-agency study explores the motivations behind the exodus from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America and suggests ways to stabilize home communities to reduce illegal migration
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U.S. government releases its first official report on the link between climate change and migration, and recommends the establishment of a "standing interagency policy process" to address the problem
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Focusing on two Detroit neighborhoods with growing immigrant populations, study finds that an immigrant welcoming policy is a highly effective strategy for stabilizing and bringing new life to disinvested neighborhoods, benefitting both new and long-term residents
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Despite being on the front lines in fighting climate change, mayors of cities around the world are often left out of national and international discussions of climate-related policies. New report from IOM seeks to correct this oversight
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Study by New American Economy finds that immigrant dense metro areas recovered more quickly from the Great Recession
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Entire issue of the Journal of Migration and Human Security explores the importance of demographic research as a tool in improving the quality of refugee resettlement in the U.S.
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Report from the Presidents' Alliance urges universities and the federal government to undertake a private sponsorship program to enable refugees to pursue higher education in the U.S.
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Going beyond traditional public opinion research, new study seeks to understand how various narratives about migration, both on the right and the left, become dominant and influence immigration policy-setting
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DHS report traces the growth and characteristics of the nonimmigrant population in the U.S., i.e. foreign-born people residing legally in the U.S. but not having immigrant status
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Urban Institute study investigates the extent to which low income immigrant families in California avoided safety net programs in recent years
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Report details how wealthy nations, including the U.S., have violated the legal right to asylum through offshoring and pushbacks, and how these practices have endangered the lives of thousands of people around the world
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Bipartisan Policy Center publishes plan for the more effective management of the southern border, including a recommendation that crime-fighting activities be administered separately from asylum review
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Study examines administrative challenges, coordination problems, and institutional culture within federal agencies having immigration-related responsibilities
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Paper argues that the Trump administration's family separation policy was morally repugnant, legally flawed, and un-American and could lead to an indictment for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court
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CMS paper reviews the literature on the impact of COVID-19 on immigrant communities in the U.S. and recommends measures to address the special vulnerabilities of immigrants
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections