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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.




 May 16, 2023
It's Time for Biden to Out-Trump Trump on Immigration
Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times
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May 15, 2023
Driver's Licenses for All Make Roads Safer for Us All
Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Eva Dziadula, Governing
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May 15, 2023
Experts push Congress for more high skilled immigrants to compete with China
Alison Snyder & Sophia Cai, Axios
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May 13, 2023
Asylum Debate Snarls Efforts to Forge an Immigration Deal in Congress
Karound Demirjian, The New York Times
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May 12, 2023
Without requesting emergency funding, Democrats will own the border disaster
Kristie De Pena & Cecelia Esterline, Niskanen Center
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May 2, 2023
Earth to politicians: The U.S. has too few immigrants -- not too many
Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post
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May 1, 2023
More than 6,000 refugees were resettled in the U.S. in March, the highest monthly number in six years
Matthew La Corte & Cecelia Esterline, Niskanen Center
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April 27, 2023
The US should select immigrants based on skills, not family ties
Robert Verbruggen, The Hill
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April 21, 2023
How Temporary Protected Status has expanded under the Biden administration
Mohamad Moslimani, Pew Research Center
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April 20, 2023
How immigration reform will impact the 2024 race
Chris Richardson, The Hill
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April 19, 2023
Immigration Research: DACA Recipients Do Not Harm U.S.-Born Workers
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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April 18, 2023
Menendez releases immigration plan reliant on Biden executive action
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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April 17, 2023
GOP immigration bill sketches battle lines for 2024
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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April 16, 2023
Immigration is back in the U.S.: the return of migrant dynamism could mean good things for American growth
Rana Foroohar, Financial Times
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April 13, 2023
How Immigrants Are Saving the Economy
Paul Krugman, The New York Times
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April 12, 2023
Tech Workers Choosing Canada and U.K. Over U.S. Due to Immigration Hassles in America
Colin R. Singer,
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April 11, 2023
Immigrants Help Fund Our Public Programs
American Immigration Council
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April 8, 2023
Researchers design a new tool to find out which Canadian communities are welcoming to immigrants
Janice Dickson, The Globe & Mail
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April 6, 2023
How progressive Denmark became the face of the anti-migration left
Emily Rauhala
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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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Paper examines the growing and sometimes partisan role of the judicial branch in setting immigration policy
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Paper examines the number of refugees resettled in each of the 50 states in proportion to the overall state population
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Set of papers published on the worldwide problem of forced and prolonged human displacement, along with recommendations for new and creative approaches to deal with the problem
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Study analyzes the availability of "charitable legal professionals" to represent undocumented immigrants in immigration legal proceedings in all 50 states
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MPI provides recommendations on immigrant integration issues to the newly-formed Federal Task Force on New Americans
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Report provides data on global migration trends, including top sending and receiving countries, migrant remittances, and the number of humanitarian migrants
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Report examines the challenges faced by unaccompanied migrant children in gaining access to medical and mental health care and makes recommendations for follow-up action by governments, health systems, schools and communities 
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Report provides a demographic and socioeconomic profile of the 2.8 million immigrants working in the U.S. healthcare industry
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Survey of more than 2,500 human resources professionals yields a wealth of information on corporate attitudes towards immigrants and the U.S. immigration system
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Paper calls for greater strategic thinking, broad stakeholder involvement, and improved data collection in determining the role that immigrants should play in easing future labor shortages
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Study analyzes the institutional capacity and response of three southern communities that received an influx of climate migrants: Houston, Orlando, and inland parishes of Louisiana
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Paper critiques the slow pace of policy change to deal with the worldwide growth of climate-induced migration
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As California ponders the future of immigration to the state, new study lays out future scenarios and related policy options
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Paper sketches the blueprint for a "better future for American democracy" based on creative visioning, the rejection of despair, the mobilization of diverse forces behind common goals, and the building of an infrastructure for positive change
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Report provides a demographic profile of the Venezuelan immigrant population in the U.S.
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Study calls attention to the critical importance of immigrants in the nursing home workforce and how their presence seems to lead to positive health outcomes
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Study examines the worrisome impact of restrictive policies on immigrant access to SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits
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Study identifies 21 possible executive actions in the area of immigration that would ease labor shortages in the U.S. economy
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Study analyzes "weak link" occupations in the U.S. labor market, defined as those heavily dependent on immigrant labor to meet future need
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections