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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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August 12, 2014
Obama's Time for Immigration Action
Alberto R. Gonzalez, USA Today
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July 22, 2014
The Immigrant Kids Have Health Issues - But Not the Ones You'd Think
Linda Poon, NPR
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July 19, 2014
Why the Central American Children Migrants Need Full Adjudication of Their Protection Claims
Donald Kerwin, Huffington Post
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July 18, 2014
Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island
Tasneem Raja, Mother Jones
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July 14, 2014 (Originally published June 8, 2014)
Municipal IDs and State and Local Measures to Regularize the Lives of the Unauthorized
Rachel Reyes, Center for Migration Studies
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July 14, 2014
Use "safe zones" to end immigrant crisis
David Gergen, CNN
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July 8, 2014
Statistical Analysis Shows that Violence, Not Deferred Action, is Behind the Surge of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border
Tom K. Wong, Center for American Progress
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July 3, 2014
Break the Immigration Impasse
Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, The New York Times
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July 3, 2014
Why the Tea Party is Wrong about Immigration Reform
Michael D. Tanner, The Hill
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July 2, 2014
Immigration reform is super popular. Here's why Congress isn't listening.
Scott Clement, The Washington Post
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June 27, 2014
Supporting Immigrant Integration is Investing in America's Future
Janet Murguia, The Hill
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June, 2014
What is the Right Policy Toward Unaccompanied children at U.S. Borders
Kathleen Newland, Migration Policy Institute
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July/August 2014
70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year: What Happens to Them?
Ian Gordon, Mother Jones
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June 1, 2014
Why Immigration is Crucial to the Revival of America's Cities
Carl Schramm, Forbes
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May 28, 2014
Summary Removal Procedures and Their Role in Rising Deportations
Beth Werlin, Immigration Impact
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May 24, 2014
The Immigrant Advantage
Anand Giridharadas, The New York Times
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May 19, 2014
Mission Not Yet Accomplished: The Affordable Care Act and Immigrants
Jenny Rejeske, lmmigration Impact
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May 16, 2014
True drug reform includes immigration reform
Grace Meng, The Hill
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May 13, 2014
How Local Governments are Hacking Immigration Reform
Spencer Amdur, The Atlantic
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May 12, 2014
Canada's immigration system undergoing quiet, ugly revolution
Morton Beiser, The Toronto Star
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May 12, 2014
The GOP's Immigration Problem
A. Barton Hinkle, Reason
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May 6, 2014
Only Minorities Need Apply
John D. Skrentny, The New York Times
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May 4, 2014
Immigration Reform Isn't Just About Numbers - It's About Skills, Too
David Frum, The Atlantic
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May 1, 2014
Do illegal immigrants have an obligation to obey laws banning them from entering the United States?
Ilya Somin, The Washington Post
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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, CNBC.com
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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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"Mainstreaming has emerged as a powerful concept in the policy discourse on migrant integration. Mainstreaming immigrant integration means that integration is embedded in a broad range of policy initiatives that target natives as well as migrants, as opposed to remaining a stand-alone policy field."

Elizabeth Collett & Milica Petrovic, The Future of Immigrant Integration in Europe, MPI Europe, March, 2014, 11.
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LATEST STUDIES
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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

Census Bureau reports on the English-speaking ability of the U.S. foreign-born population

American Immigration Council assesses the impact of the DACA Program on its 2-year anniversary

United We Dream researchers publish report on their survey of "undocumented millennials" - young people granted deferred action under the DACA Program

Paper sketches the shape of an "unbroken immigration system," placing heavy emphasis on a strengthened E-Verify system

Paper describes the formidable challenges facing undocumented children in achieving academic success

Essay argues for the appointment of government-funded legal counsel for unaccomanied migrant children in conformance with international standards

Researchers study the role of social movements (both pro- and anti-immigrant) in immigration-related policy-making on the local level

Law professor chronicles the "shame of U.S. immigration laws and enforcement policies"

European Commission publishes final version of its "Modules on Immigrant Integration"

MPI (Europe) report highlights the problem of unemployment and brain waste among immigrants in France

Researcher finds evidence that 287(g) agreements not only fail to reduce undocumented migration but cause an exodus of skilled (and likely documented) immigrants from local communities

IPC paper makes the case for allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses

Giving credit to "policy entrepreneurs" within federal agencies, author explains how language rights for non-English speakers emerged out of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Paper from MPI Europe maps out the road to collaboration between immigrant receiving and sending countries on immigrant integration issues

Report from the "Finding Answers" project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation urges a systematic approach to making health care organizations more responsive to cultural issues -- beyond cultural competence training

Report finds that, even in immigrant-friendly San Francisco, immigrant integration is stalled

Report finds that "welcoming gestures" are insufficient to uphold the fundamental human rights of immigrants in Minnesota

University of North Carolina report quantifies the positive impact of immigration on the state's economy

Immigration Policy Center report finds positive impacts of the H-1B visa program on wages, job growth, and the U.S. economy in general

Study concludes that high rates of entrepreneurship among Hispanic immigrants has "power(ed) the economy" during the recession

Report details how immigrants have contributed to New York City's renaissance

Kauffman Foundation white paper examines the characteristics and spatial clustering of high-tech immigrant entrepreneurs

Paper calls attention to the "performative" dimensions of the immigrant rights movement

Author reinterprets U.S. immigration history from a gendered (masculinities) perspective

Paper calls for major reforms of U.S. temporary protection programs

Annie E. Casey Foundation develops new index to chart children's success by race and ethnicity

Study examines differences in retirement resources available to immigrants and the native-born in the U.S.

MPI publishes major paper on "mainstreaming" or "the next generation of immigrant integration policymaking" in the European Union

Paper reviews and critiques the Temporary Protected Status program and recommends some major fixes

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

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