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How does global migration impact local communities? What are the key challenges and opportunities?  How do researchers contribute to our understanding of these issues. This site provides digests of major reports and open access studies focusing on policy options and model practices designed to promote immigrant integration, intergroup understanding, economic revitalization, and organizational success. All resources 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.

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April 11, 2014
Jeb Bush's Big Virtue: He Tries to Persuade,
Linda Chavez, The New York Post
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April 7, 2014
Employment Discrimination and DACA -- Employers Must Be Educated,
Geoffrey A. Hoffman & Jill Y. Campbell, ImmigrationProf Blog
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April 6, 2014
Obama's Paradoxical Deportation Policies
Cyrus D. Mehta, The Insightful Immigration Blog
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March 11, 2014
Tiger Couple Gets It Wrong on Immigrant Success,
Stephen Steinberg, Boston Review
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March 8, 2014
Congress cries wolf on asylum fraud: Arrests don't show the system is broken. They show it works.
Laila Hlass, The Boston Globe
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March 6, 2014
Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform to Help Immigrant Victims of Violence
Rep. Gwen Moore, Huffington Post
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March 5, 2014
Time for High-Skilled Immigration Reform
Curtis S. Chin,
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February 26, 2014
The Immigration Change You Didn't Hear About
Laura Burdick, ImmigrationProf Blog
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February 24, 2014
Are Mexicans the Most Successful Immigrant Group in the U.S.
Jennifer Lee, Zocolo Public Square
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February 23, 2014
Your Ancestors, Your Fate: Surnames reveal that social mobility is much slower than we think
Gregory Clark, The New York Times
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February 19, 2014
Immigrants Welcome Here
David Bornstein, The New York Times Blog
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February 13, 2014
Why immigration reform matters
George F. Will, The Washington Post
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January 30, 2014
Second Class Non-Citizens
Mae M. Ngai, The New York Times
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January 22, 2014
Integration improves after vote
Stephen Fotopolus, The Tennessean
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January 20, 2014
When we take in immigrants, we take in those most likely to succeed
Henrik Fogh Rasmussen, Forbes
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January 20, 2014
Helping the Growing Ranks of Poor Immigrants Living in America's Suburbs
Els de Graaw & Irene Bloemraad, Scholars Strategy Network
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January 12, 2014
Yearning for Briefs and Fees
The Economist Blog
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January 10, 2014
What the undocumented community needs out of immigration reform
Jose Patiňo, Voxxi
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January 7, 2014
Citizenship Matters
David Leopold, The Hill
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January 5, 2014
Does Immigration Mean 'France Is Over'?
Justin E.H. Smith, The New York Times
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January 3, 2014
Scars from the Immigration Wars
Joshua Hoyt & Manuel Pastor, Chicago Tribune
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January 3, 2014
Why 2014 will be the year of immigration reform
Tim Kane, FoxNews Opinion
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December 26, 2013
Big Surprise Ahead in 2014
Tamar Jacoby, CNN
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December 19, 2013
Migrants Don't Need More Rights
Martin Ruhs, The New York Times
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December 15, 2013
On immigration, look to the states
Jagdish Bhagwati & Francisco Rivera-Batiz, Los Angeles Times
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December 13, 2013
It Ain't Over Until God Says It's Done
Jim Wallis, Huffington Post
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December 10, 2013
Help Debunk the Myths about Women and Immigration
Pramila Jayapal, We News
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November 27, 2012
Latino Leadership Follows a New Model
Juana Bordas, Huffington Post
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November 25, 2013
Resetting the Way We Work on Migration
Manjula Luthria, The World Bank (via Cities of Migration, originally published on Sept. 12, 2013)
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November 11, 2013
What would Reagan do? Immigration reform is the most Republican of causes
Frank Keating, Los Angeles Times
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November 7, 2013
Sandy's heroes show need for immigration reform
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, The New York Post
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November 6, 2013
Immigration reform: the politics of the possible
Rebecca Tallent, The Christian Science Monitor
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November 4, 2013
The U.S. Can't Afford to Scrap the Visa Lottery
Charles Kenny, Businessweek
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October 31, 2013
Resetting the Way We Work on Migration
Manjula Luthria, Cities of Migration
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October 25, 2013
In-state tuition gets a major N.J. voice
Frank Argote-Freyre, The Star-Ledger
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October 25, 2013
Immigration Reform Could Help GOP
Linda Chavez, The Patriot Post
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October 22, 2013
When skilled immigrants have other options
Paul Feltman, The National Journal
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October 17, 2013
California, unlike the federal government, leads on immigration reform
Pierette Hondagneu-Sotelo & Manuel Pastor, The Sacramento Bee
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October 12, 2013
Driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants: How the Obama administration's deferred action policy paved the way
Karthick Ramakrishnan & Pratheepan Gulasekaram, San Jose Mercury News
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October 9, 2013
Republicans can't ignore minority voters
Rob Paral, Politico
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October, 2013
The Changing Face of America
Lise Funderburg, National Geographic
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September 28, 2013
Why do foreigners make better entrepreneurs?
Adrian Furnham, Psychology Today
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September 19, 2013
More than 100 College and University Leaders Call for Immigration Reform
Partnership for a New American Economy
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September 17, 2013
American citizens, but foreigners forever?
Sayu Bhojwani, The Star-Ledger
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September 16, 2013
A New Bracero Program Will Hurt Farmworkers
David Bacon, New America Media
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September 6, 2013
States drive positive change on immigration while House is stuck in low gear
Amanda Peterson Beadle, Immigration Impact
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September 3, 2013
Entrepreneurial Immigrants - America's Lifeblood
Lawson Bader, Human Events
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August 30, 2013
Path toward citizenship or legalization
Alex Nowrasteh, The Hill
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August 30, 2013
Why a Path to Citizenship is Vital to Immigration Reform
Nicholas V. Montalto, The Star-Ledger
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August 28, 2013
The High Price of Immigration: Why are migrants not only the winners but also the big losers from migration?
Paul Collier, Bloomberg
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August 27, 2013
All Immigrants are Artists
Joe Fassler, The Atlantic
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August 27, 2013
Becoming a More Perfect Union
Cecilia Munoz, The White House
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August 24, 2013
SAFE Act an Expensive Boondoggle
Alex Nowrasteh, Huffington Post via Cato Institute
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August 23, 2013
If House GOP can't do better, Obama must act on immigration
Cesar Vargas, The Hill
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August 6, 2013
Immigration -- What's Love God to Do With It?
Stephen Pitti, New American Media
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August 1, 2013
The First Immigration Public Defender System
Mark Noferi, Law at the Margins
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August 1, 2013
How Immigration Reform Could Create  New Underclass
Fawn Johnson, National Journal
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August 1, 2013
Why White Voters Will Flee a White-Only Party
Alex Roarty, National Journal
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July 31, 2013
Not Migrants and Immigration, but Mobility and Movement
Conversations in Integration (Cities of Migration), July 31, 2013
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July 30, 2013
Stress Integration to Pass House Bill
Bryant Jensen, Deseret News
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July 26, 2013
The Charitable-Industrial Complex
Peter Buffett, The New York Times
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July 24, 2013
Bonjour, America!
Stephen R. Kelly, The New York Times
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July 12, 2013
Killing the Immigration Bill, Polarizing America
Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker
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July 11, 2013
Pass the Bill
David Brooks, The New York Times
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July 6, 2013
Has Caucasian Lost Its Meaning?
Shaila Dewan, The New York Times
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"As far as legislation in the past decade is concerned, restrictive laws have fared less well in the eyes of federal courts than pro-immigrant integration laws"

Karthick Ramakrishnan & Pratheepen Gulasekaram, Understanding Immigration Federalism in the U.S., Center for American Progress, March , 2014, 30.
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Report details how the "gateway cities" of Massachusetts have used immigrant entrepreneurship as a force for urban revitalization

Paper calls for a "modest" broadening of the international definition of refugee to include certain types of environmental refugees

IOM and MPI policy brief calls for a new normative framework to ensure the rights of environmental refugees

Paper explores why there has been a "shift to integration" in state approaches to immigration

Study measures the labor market impacts of the E-Verify Program in the 8 states that have mandated the program for all employers

MPI report analyzes the scope, nature, and significance of human smuggling and trafficking into Europe

Report finds that the shortage of farm labor in the U.S. is fueling growing imports of fresh fruits and vegetables and weakening the U.S. agricultural sector

National Institutes of Health publish "Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book"

UNHCR report calls for international protection for unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexican border

As the number of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border grows, report documents their "treacherous journey" and offers recommendations to ensure their protection

MPI paper finds that Morocco may be becoming a "migration transition" country, i.e. a country with declining emigration and growing immigration

MPI report finds major shortcomings in Georgia's effort to educate its growing immigrant youth population

CAAL Roundtable examines Return on Investment (ROI) in adult education

Paper reviews research by economists on the role of immigrant entrepreneurs in the American economy

Report from the Immigration Policy Center describes efforts underway in "Heartland" communities to attract and integrate immigrants

Using evidence from other countries, CAP report discusses how to maximize the economic benefits of legalization

Paper from the Bipartisan Policy Center examines "America's demographic edge," i.e. how immigration acts as a counterweight to fertility decline and bolsters American power in the world

Transatlantic Council on Migration (MPI) releases statement recommending approaches to "curb the influence of 'bad actors' in international migration"

MPI paper urges a "strategic" approach to immigration enforcement to root out "bad actors"

MPI paper analyzes "trade-offs in immigration enforcement"

Study of the Secure Communities Program shows little impact on local crime rates or policing practices

Paper calls for reforms in how U.S. citizen children are treated during removal and deportation proceedings

Paper sees racial prejudice and "the devaluation of immigrant family relations" as factors in the termination of undocumented immigrant parental rights

Should citizenship be available to the highest bidders? Scholars debate the issue and present their views in a report

USCRI produces study of the modern Salvadoran migrant

Rutgers study analyzes the role of immigrant-serving organizations in facilitating immigrant integration in New Jersey

Paper raises concerns about the plight of millions of  "super-undocumented, " i.e. those who will fail to qualify for legalization under proposed immigration reform legislation

Article examines whether birthright citizenship still makes sense in a world where "territoriality" may be fading as a guiding principle

CMS group develops a research agenda related to legalization

MPI offers recommendations for achieving effective border security

Essay urges broadening of U.S. asylum protection to individuals fleeing gang and cartel violence in Mexico and Central America

Harvard report critiques Canadian and U.S. border policy and argues that Canada is reneging on its commitment to refugee protection under domestic and international law

NCSL annual report finds that state legislatures are moving away from an emphasis on immigration enforcement to one of providing benefits to immigrants

Report argues that immigration reform would substantially boost New Jersey's economy by regularizing the status of undocumented workers

Report critiques changes in Canadian naturalization policy since the Conservatives took power in 2006

Report documents the "brutal new frontier in immigration enforcement" in New Orleans

Federal Reserve report credits immigrants for helping to transform Texas into an economic powerhouse

Bipartisan Policy Center models the impact of immigration reform on economic growth, budgets, and housing

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy provides estimates of state tax gains from the legalization of undocumented immigrants

Report blasts conditions for torture survivors in U.S. detention facilities

New York City publishes a detailed analysis of its immigrant population

Report from the Center for Popular Democracy finds that Latinos and Immigrants in New York State suffer disproportionally from construction site accidents

CUNY report highlights the important role played by day laborers in Hurricane Sandy disaster response and recovery and recommends the incorporation of day laborers and worker centers in disaster planning

MPI paper examines "Prospects for International Cooperation on Recognition of Foreign Qualifications"

Welcoming America and Public Conversations Project partner to produce a guide to community dialogue projects

Bread for the World study examines how immigrants are revitalizing the Rust Belt cities of Baltimore and Detroit

The Independent Institute, a libertarian think tank, releases policy report in support of free migration

Detention Watch Network updates its "Expose and Close" report on the U.S. immigration detention system

Report from the Alliance for Excellent Education examines how Seattle has created a network of international schools dedicated to building cultural and linguistic skills valuable in the global economy

NILC produces a set of frequently asked questions about the Affordable Care Act and Mixed-Status Families

Urban Institute critiques recent studies of the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration reform

Paper suggests that "euphemistic" language serves to mask the harshness of immigration detention

What can early childhood educators do to prepare dual language learners for school success?  New MPI paper reviews research on this question.

Transatlantic Council on Migration issues policy recommendations on how to adapt "mainstream" employment and workforce systems to better serve immigrants

Transatlantic Council on Migration analyzes the Canadian track record in promoting immigrant workforce development

Stanford researchers find that the link between student achievement and "whiteness" has been upended in one California community

Networks for Integrating New Americans (NINA) publishes its "Theoretical Framework"

Urban Institute assesses the capacity of immigrant legal service organizations to handle an influx of new clients from comprehensive immigration reform

University of California research team analyzes DACA program outcomes

MPI issues policy brief on "circular migration"

Study seeks to understand the psychological factors that keep Dominican immigrants from naturalizing

MPI reviews and assesses policy interventions to address skill deficits within the immigrant workforce

MPI essay points out stumbling blocks with state efforts to use the SAVE database to check voter eligibility

MPI reviews strategies to combat "brain waste" among skilled immigrants

NCSL report notes jump in state legislative activity on immigration in 2013

NILC report shows harmful consequences of the E-Verify system and recommends changes in pending immigration reform legislation

Partnership report shows link between immigration and "the revival of American cities"

MPI summarizes what we know about diasporas and development

MPI policy brief explains what we know about environmental change and migration

Study questions the effectiveness of the anti-trafficking movement

MPI policy brief challenges the assumption of negative consequences for developing countries (the "brain drain" hypothesis) when skilled migrants move to advanced countries

Moving to an "asset-based paradigm" in the education of English language learners:  Annenberg Institute for School Reform offers some pointers

NILC reviews spate of  pro-immigrant legislative and executive action in the states in 2013

Coalition produces study of Asian poverty in the U.S.

Report chronicles the "war on voting" in 2011-2012 and the efforts of the courts, the civil rights community, and individual voters to fight back

MPI paper suggests how nations can successfully draw from the "global talent pool"

Is the supply of immigrants for advanced countries being exhausted? Noting the availability of new destinations, MPI paper urges countries to think strategically about the challenge of attracting newcomers

White House report makes the case for a path to citizenship

Report finds that major components of the Senate immigration reform bill would boost GDP and create jobs for all Americans

National Venture Capital Association reports that immigrants founded 33 percent of publicly-traded, venture-backed companies between 2006 and 2013

Heartland Alliance publishes a "Field Manual for LGBT Refugee Resettlement"

MPI report details policy interventions designed to promote the educational success of the children of immigrants

New MPI report asks, "Is the United States bad for children's health?"

MPI releases statistical portrait of Indian immigrants in the U.S.

Brookings publishes one-year analysis of DACA applicants