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How does global migration impact local communities? What are the key challenges and opportunities?  How do researchers help us to meet these challenges and make the most of these opportunities. 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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March 24, 2015
Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant
Adam Davison, The New York Times
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March 20, 2015

American Workers Won't Fall for Senate Conservatives' Cruel Hoax

Marieena Hincapie, Roll Call
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March 19, 2015
Detention of fleeing immigrants isn't worth the price
Amanda Frost, Houston Chronicle

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March 18, 2015
A Way Out on Immigration Reform
Alan K. Simpson & Bruce A. Morrison, The New York Times
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March 18, 2015
Blocking immigration action will exact a political price
Manuel Pastor, the Sacramento Bee
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March 16, 2015
The immigration debate is not about legality, it's about culture
John Tirman, Huffington Post
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March, 2015
States Recognizing the Value of New Americans
Mark Funkhouser, Governing
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March 12, 2015
Why pro-immigrant states are fighting back
Bob Ferguson, the Washington Post
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February 19, 2015

The conservative case for DACA
Michael Kagan, Salon
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February 7, 2015
Immigration keeps the United States going
Carl Abbott, The Oregonian
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February 3, 2015
What's missing in America's immigration debate
Karen Mills, Fortune
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February 2, 2015
Middle Eastern Americans push census change
Hisham Aidi, Aljazeera America
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January 31, 2015
Why Are Cubans So Special?
Ann Louise Bardach, The New York Times
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January 29, 2015
The Smart Way to Stop Illegal Immigration
Alex Nowrasteh, Washington Examiner
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January 27, 2015
A New Level of Refugee Suffering
Angelina Jolie, The New York Times
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January, 2015
Creating a global framework for immigration
Dambisa Moyo, McKinsey & Company
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January 25, 2015
The Zombie Immigration Fight
Molly Ball, The Atlantic
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January 20, 2015
Republicans, this is personal
Jorge Ramos, Fusion
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January 17, 2015
At last, sensible immigration reform may have a chance in Washington
Vivek, Wadhwa, The Washington Post
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January 12, 2015
Europe's Intensifying Immigration Debate
Tino Sanandaji, National Review
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January 8, 2015
Paris Killings Require More Than Mere Condemnation
H.A. Hellyer, Brookings
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January 5, 2015
Does Immigration Harm Working Americans?
David Frum, The Atlantic
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"While the immigration and education fields have distinct missions, they are also increasingly interdependent."

Sarah Hooker et al, Lessons from the Local Level: DACA's Implementation and Impact on Education and Training Success, Migration Policy Institute, January, 2015, 47.
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Study of low-income Hispanic families suggests that nativity, I.e. whether parents are immigrants or US-born, makes an important difference

New research suggests that high fees are discouraging the working poor from applying for naturalization

Study finds that deportees will risk harsh penalties to return to families in the United States

Study questions the claim that immigration detention is "non-punitive" in nature

Paper advances a "modest proposal" for immigration reform: move up the registry date to 2009

Georgetown study highlights the need for effective programming at the local level to meet the needs of unaccompanied migrant children

Report examines state-funded ESL in New York State, finds greater need but fewer served

Factbook contains key educational indicators for Latinos in 2015

New study examines the causes, responses, and solutions to the child migration problem in Central and North America

MPI report examines how local authorities in immigrant origin countries can help promote immigrant integration in European destination countries

 Paper analyzes the "growing enigma" of "nonstatus" in American society, or what the author describes as the "paradoxical middle ground between legality and illegality"

Article examines "the hidden ideologies" found within cultural competence discourses among library science students

MPI Europe produces study of immigrant mentoring programs in Europe and North America

Report finds that immigrants play a "crucial role" in strengthening Minnesota's economy

MPI publishes profile of Chinese immigrants in the U.S.

Paper argues that the principles of "forgiveness and repair," found in American domestic law, should be applied to undocumented immigrants

American University study sees "push factors" at work in explaining the migration of unaccompanied children to the U.S.

Human Rights Watch report finds fault with the accelerated processing of Central American asylum seekers at the southern border

Paper suggests a new approach to adjudicating asylum claims in the U.S.

CBO publishes "Chart Book of Key Trends" related to comprehensive immigration reform

Report assesses the impact of immigration on New Haven (CT)

MPI report examines how education and training providers can help DREAMers qualify for immigration relief and achieve education and career goals

Researchers analyze the TPS program for Salvadorans for clues as to how the Obama deferred action programs would affect labor market outcomes for recipients

CBO report analyzes the potential budgetary impact of federal policy changes in the area of immigration

Paper from George Mason University examines the immigrant presence in the U.S. trucking industry

Report calls attention to the "outsize role" that immigrants have played in "Main Street" business development

GTB and CCCIE produce guidebook for community colleges interested in serving skilled immigrants

Paper highlights the important role of immigrants in the pharmaceutical industry

MPI and ILO report findings of a 6-country study of the labor market integration of immigrants in Europe

OECD publishes an "annual report" on migration trends in its 34 member nations, emphasizing policies to promote the labor market integration of immigrants

CMS study indicates that 14.3 percent of DACA-eligible youth were also eligible for other forms of immigration relief

American Immigration Council publishes guide to the Obama executive actions on immigration

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

MPI publishes profile of the Ecuadorian immigrant population in the U.S. and Spain

Study casts doubt as to whether wage theft laws are effective in combatting employer abuses against undocumented workers

Report from the Manhattan Institute finds consensus among economists that immigration reform will boost growth and provide net benefits for native-born workers

Massachusetts report documents "brain waste" in the healthcare field and urges state government to facilitate the reentry of skilled immigrants into their former fields of training and practice

Sociologists conclude that immigrant-friendly cities are safer cities

Study looks to Australia, Canada, and Germany for useful lessons in how to divide responsibility for immigration among federal, state, and local authorities

Urban Institute and Northeastern University produce "first-of-its-kind" study of labor trafficking in the U.S.

Research suggests that the adult ESL classroom is an ideal venue for improving health literacy among immigrants

MIT study examines the "media ecology" of the immigrant rights movement in the U.S.

Federal Reserve report analyzes use of the H-1B visa program in New England and recommends changes to improve its effectiveness and transparency

Urban Institute examines policies and practices to improve immigrant access to health and human services

Report looks at who will replace the baby boomers in the nation's voting booths

Study argues that Arizona's campaign to exclude undocumented immigrants is but "the newest incarnation of the State's long history of discriminatory laws against racial and ethnic minorities"

SAMHSA publishes Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) for cultural competency in substance abuse and mental health services

ACLU report exposes conditions in Texas detention facilities run by private contractors

Report documents the experience of unaccompanied Central American immigrant children in Florida and urges steps to improve their treatment

Brookings produces major study of the limited English proficient population in the U.S. and calls for new investments in adult English instruction

Looking at a case example from Houston, Brookings describes how the "appreciative inquiry" method can deliver services to an immigrant community

Baltimore's New Americans Task Force releases report and recommendations on steps to attract and retain immigrants to spur economic growth and community revitalization

Article in THE ANNALS critiques exaggeration and sensationalism in the discourse on human trafficking

MPI report finds persistent challenges in Sweden's efforts to improve the labor market integration of immigrants

Council on Foreign Relations Task Force calls for "building a North American community" and enacting comprehensive immigration reform

Study compares and contrasts the resettlement experience of Hmong refugees in Texas and Germany

Report from NJ Policy Perspective makes the case for issuing driver's licenses to undocumented residents

Census Bureau produces report on African immigrants in the United States

IPC report discusses the history and impact of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

MPI report discusses "policy implications from the global boom in investor immigration"

Arizona produces a Toolkit for implementing the CLAS Standards

Brookings and J. P. Morgan Chase release study on the geography of foreign students in the U.S.

Report documents the array of initiatives in the Midwest to integrate immigrants and maximize their economic potential for the region

New report examines the economic and social contributions of immigrants to the State of Texas and calls for measures to enhance their economic potential

Paper examines the feasibility of extending voting rights to noncitizens in New York City

Paper argues the case for state citizenship for undocumented immigrants

Report from Cities for Citizenship (C4C) argues the importance of naturalization as an economic development and community-building strategy

MPI examines the challenges facing the adult education field in serving DACA- and potential DREAM Act-eligible immigrant youth

MPI paper calls attention to the lack of coordination between national and local governments in the European Union on matters of immigrant incorporation

Paper discusses policy interventions to prevent immigrant residential segregation

MPI profiles immigrant integration initiatives in five cities: Cupertino (CA), San Francisco (CA), LIttleton (CO), New York (NY), and Seattle (WA)

Report discusses the potential immigrant role in revitalizing the City of Detroit

MPI publishes information brief on Vietnamese Immigrants in the U.S.

MPI report examines policies to support immigrant entrepreneurship

Paper discusses the U.S. role in pioneering the "offshoring" of immigrant detention, how the practice has spread around the world, and how countries use the practice to evade responsibilities under international treaties

MPI examines the pros and cons of policies designed to give cities and regions greater control over immigrant admissions

Essay urges Latinos and Blacks to deal with the "taboo subject" of race

MPI publishes study on efforts to "mainstream" immigrant integration in the United Kingdom

MPI report examines the role of immigration in city branding strategies

Pew report finds that immigrants are no longer the majority of Hispanic workers

Study finds that immigrants are helping the Medicare Trust Fund avoid insolvency

Report suggests that limitations on the H-1B program cost American jobs and stifle economic growth

Report suggests that the fate of immigration reform will determine the political loyalties of the children of immigrants and "sway the future of politics" in the U.S.

Report from MPI Europe examines the outlook for progress in EU policy making on immigration

Fulbright fellow interviews over 300 Salvadoran children to understand their reasons for fleeing the country

MPI finds evidence of "brain waste" in six, country-specific case studies analyzing the employment outcomes of immigrants in the European Union

Casa de Maryland and Urban Institute publish study of the largely immigrant community of Langley Park in suburban Washington, D.C.,  as a first step in developing a Promised Neighborhood initiative for its children

Statement from the Transatlantic Council on Migration offers guidelines to national governments on how to involve cities and regions in immigrant placement decisions

Paper argues that the treatment of migrant labor in the U.S. violates the prohibition against slavery and involuntary servitude in the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

AS/COA produces ten "Fact Sheets" on the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy

Report from George Mason University argues that "immigrants are the future doctors of America"

National Commission on Voting Rights finds that "voting discrimination is a frequent and ongoing problem" in the U.S.

Latino organizations issue report decrying the "devastating" effects of current deportation policy on Latino communities in the U.S.

MPI report says that "critical choices" are needed to improve the educational system in California and make it more responsive to the needs of immigrant children

Report calls for insuring the undocumented in California

MPI publishes an information brief on the Haitian immigrant population in the U.S.

Center for American Progress produces fact sheets on Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the U.S.

Report from the National Foundation for American Policy traces the connection between the 1965 immigration reforms and America's extraordinary record of success in the sciences

Report argues that Latino voter turnout is likely to increase in future elections, driven by the size and activism of the second generation

Study calls attention to the lifelong human capital of so-called "unskilled" Mexican migrants

Urban Institute emphasizes the importance of place-based planning in providing services to immigrants

CATO policy paper urges the establishment of a state-based immigrant visa program

Paper suggests strategies for organizing immigrants in the construction industry and questions the AFL-CIO's support of a seasonal construction worker program

MPI report examines how well immigrants are doing in the U.K. labor market - finds evidence of "brain waste" among high-skilled immigrants

MPI report analyzes employment trends among recent immigrants to Germany

Urban Institute evaluates the District of Columbia Language Access Act on its 10th anniversary

Latino organizations publish report documenting voting rights discrimination against Latinos and urging passage of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

Urban Institute report discusses strategies to increase the enrollment of immigrant children in prekindergarten programs

MPI report discusses strategies to promote the engagement of immigrant parents in early childhood education