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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 14 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 21, 2017
Trump's "soft" ethnic cleansing: Immigrants as human garbage
Chauncey Devega, Salon
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December 14, 2017
Congress must act on the 'dreamers'
Tim Cook & Charles Koch, The Washington Post
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December 7, 2017
The Dream Act could bring the rule of law back to immigration policy
Hiroshi Motomura, Los Angeles Times
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December 6, 2017
The fraudulent case for 'Kate's wall'
Steve Chapmen, Chicago Tribune
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December 3, 2017
A Guide For Future Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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November 24, 2017
Immigration reform won't stop ISIS
Robert A. Pape, The Boston Globe 
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November 22, 2017
DACA recipients saw their mental health improve. Now, advocates fear its end will have the opposite effect
Tiziana Rinaldi, PRI
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November 11, 2017
Trump immigrant rhetoric relies on statistical outliers
Abigail R. Hall & Michael Coon, Mercury News
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November 8, 2017
The Alt-right's favorite academic
Shikha Dalmia, The Week
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October 31, 2017
When policy is cut off from reality: Donald Trump's immigration problem
Elaine Kamarck & Christine Stenglein, Brookings
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October 31, 2017
Professor's paper parses facts used to problematize immigration
Jennifer L. Williams, William & Mary News Release
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October 18, 2017
he four fallacies of the Trump-Cotton-Perdue immigration reform plan
Tamar Jacoby, New York Daily News
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October 15, 2017
We can't be complicit in persecution of immigrant communities
Cesar Vargas, The Hill
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October 12, 2017
White Nationalism Is Destroying the West
Sasha Polakow-Suransky, The New York Times
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October 5, 2017
How Immigration Foiled Hillary
Thomas B. Edsall, The New York Times
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October 5, 2017
Immigration reform is still possible and conservatives can lead the way
Ali Noorani, The Hill
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September 28, 2017
Presidential determination on refugees paints a disturbing picture
J. Kevin Appleby, The Hill
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September 28, 2017
The claims of anti-immigrant hysterics are disproved -- again
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
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September 23, 2017
Want Geniuses?  Welcome Immigrants
Frank Bruni, The New York Times
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September 16, 2017
How to End the Immigration Wars
Eric Cantor, The New York Times
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September 13, 2017
Trump could deliver immigration reform
Allan Wernick, New York Daily News
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September 7, 2017
DACA, The 1924 Immigration Act and American Exclusion
Ben Railton, Huffington Post
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September 11, 2017
Why Your Economic Argument Against Immigration is Probably Wrong
Benjamin Harris, Fortune
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September 7, 2017
The Birth of 'Illegal' Immigration
Becky Little, History
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September 6, 2017
Immigrants Shouldn't Have to Be 'Talented' to Be Welcome
Masha Gessen, The New York Times
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September 5, 2017
Trump's Move to End DACA and Echoes of The Immigration Act of 1924
Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker
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August 18, 2017
We Need Immigrants With Skills. But Working Hard Is a Skill
Jeff Flake, The New York Times
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August 17, 2017
How Democrats Gave Us Trump's Immigration Nightmare
Clio Chang, The New Republic
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August 17, 2017
Donald Trump is winning on immigration
Joshua Green, The Boston Globe
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August 12, 2017
How Trump is Stifling Entrepreneurship
Deepak Chopra, Kabir Sehgal, & Jeff Oster, Fortune
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August 9, 2017
Right and Left Don't Trust Each Other on Immigration -- and They're Right
Matt Lewis, Daily Beast
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August 7, 2017
Antiracism Backfires
Dennis Saffran, City Journal
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August 6, 2017
The Real History of American Immigration
Joshua Zeitz, Politico
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August 5, 2017
West Virginia's immigration 'problem'
Walter D. Kamphoefner, Houston Chronicle
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August 3, 2017
There's no evidence that immigrants hurt any American workers
Michael Clemens, Vox
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July 18, 2017
How Trump Is Stealthily Carrying Out His Muslim Ban
Farhana Khera & Johnathan J. Smith, The New York Times
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July 17, 2017
Cutting legal immigration 50 percent might be Trump's worst economic idea
Heather Long, The Washington Post
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July 13, 2017
A world of free movement would be $78 trillion richer
The Economist
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July 6, 2017
On immigration: When national Democrats zig, California Democrats zag
John Phillips, Orange County Register
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July 6, 2017
Trump Winning the Immigration Debate and Dems Better Recalibrate
Rich Lowry, National Review
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July 2, 2017
What's the point of an anti-immigrant left?
Dylan Matthews, Vox
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"Today our nation is at a crossroads. People around the globe are on the move, seeking safety and opportunity, and some will eventually make the United States their new home. Will we let our fears and differences divide us, or will we embrace the opportunity -- as America at our best has historically done -- to work together as neighbors, each contributing to the economic, cultural, and social fabric of communities?"

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MPI report seeks to explain the high levels of public support for immigration in Canada and to describe the main features of Canada's approach to immigrant admission and integration

Report calls attention to the important role of immigrants in the military and suggests reforms to increase immigrant recruitment and retention

Report highlights the role of immigrants in stimulating economic growth and creating jobs for U.S.-born workers in the Great Lakes region

Paper argues that the use of the criminal code to prioritize individuals for deportation is not a neutral method, but rather reflects manipulation of the criminal code to exclude people racially

Vera Institute publishes an evaluation of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, which provides legal representation to immigrants in deportation proceedings

Report urges extension ot Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans in the U.S.

MPI publishes profile of the Cuban immigrant community in the United States

The National Academies publishes proceedings of a workshop devoted to improving health communication with immigrant and refugee populations

Urban Institute report looks at ways to diversify the teaching profession to align more closely with changing student demographics in American schools

Paper questions the legality and wisdom of using information provided to the government, e.g. information on DACA applications, to deport immigrants -- gains will be minimal but the damage will be extensive and "permanent"

MPI estimates the impact of five different bills introduced in Congress to legalize the DREAMer population

Pew publishes statistical analysis of the incoming U.S. refugee population from 2002 to 2017 and notes a sharp drop in the U.S. share of global refugee resettlement

Report from Chicago Council calls attention to severe labor shortages within the Midwest hospitality industry and urges passage of immigration reform to replenish labor supply

Boston Planning and Redevelopment Agency publishes profiles of local Latino communities

Paper argues that sanctuary policies are complementary to the immigration justice system, filling a vacuum created by the removal of immigration courts from any role in adjudicating deportations and contesting against the Trump Administration's "one-size-fits-all" approach

Law professors find that sanctuary policies are grounded in sound legal principles and reflect responsible stewardship of local resources

Paper challenges the wisdom and efficiency of a crime-based deportation policy

Through an analysis of 287(g) programs in Frederick County (MD), researchers find a decline in overall arrests, suggesting a reluctance on the part of the Hispanic community members to interact with the police

MPI undertakes a review of educational policies and strategies to better serve children with parents speaking a language other than English at home

Report seeks to gauge the attitudes, motivation, and self-identity of the "white working class"

With a record number of citizenship applications, USCIS processing times have reached one year or more, according to new report from the Partnership for New Americans

Female migrants face increased risk of gender-based violence, according to new report from the Migration Policy Institute 

MPI analyzes the occupational and educational trajectory of the "immediately eligible" DACA population and foresees dire consequences if a legislative solution isn't found to their situation 

Paper sets forth principles and procedures to guide the negotiation of the UN Global Compact for Migration in 2018

Report from MPI Europe examines the nature and potential of private sponsorship programs to leverage additional resources for refugee resettlement

Report documents widespread violations of due process in the treatment of deportees from the U.S. 

Report finds serious flaws in the point-based immigration system proposed by Trump allies in Congress 

Study suggests that "sanctuary" movements are creating a new reality on the ground challenging the hegemony of the federal government in immigration enforcement matters 

ProPublica report sheds light on the scope and brutality of hate crimes committed against the Sikh community in the United States

According to MPI report, the Philippine government increasingly looks to its overseas emigrant population as a resource for development 

Paper calls attention to misconceptions about the immigrant right to work in the United States

The American Political Science Association (Section on Migration and Citizenship) publishes themed newsletter on municipal approaches to immigrant integration

 Chicago Council report finds that immigrants have played a vital role in improving the economic prospects of Midwestern cities 

MPI paper finds that heavy-handed efforts to instill common values among immigrants and/or to ban incompatible cultural practices can backfire and produce the opposite of what was originally intended

OECD immigration yearbook reviews migration trends in 2016 - notes a 7 percent increase in permanent migration flows over the previous year

Report details how Sweden has revamped its asylum and refugee policies in response to the influx of more than 160,000 asylum-seekers in 2015 

Report finds that contradictory state and local immigration enforcement goals "should come as no surprise" in a federalist system like that of the U.S.

What have we wrought? Human Rights First examines the refugee "travel ban" at the 6-month mark

Transatlantic Council report finds that location of resettlement does not seem to impact refugee integration; rather national origin seems to be more predictive of successful economic integration 

MPI study traces the twists and turns of Cuban migration to the U.S.

University of California researchers offer suggestions on how to advance a progressive state and local immigrant integration agenda

New study of ca. 20,000 refugees resettled in the U.S. between 1990 and 2014 finds that the long-term fiscal impacts of refugee resettlement are positive

MPI report examines the pivotal role played by immigrants in the health care industry

Michigan leaders contend that Trump immigration policies threaten to undermine the state's economic recovery

DHS publishes 2016 data on visa overstays by country of origin and category of admission

JMHS study concludes that the "border enforcers" have won the argument with their liberal critics but that the enforcers' strategy has reached a "point of diminishing returns"

JMHS study finds that the decline in the undocumented population in the U.S. over the last decade had little, if anything, to do with the Great Recession

Project report from the Rockefeller Foundation urges cities around the world to treat migration as a priority area for "resilience" planning

EPI report calls for major reforms to the H-1B program to ensure an equitable job market for both foreign- and U.S.-born workers

Report from New American Economy shows strong upward mobility for refugees over time

Report highlights the contributions made by foreign-born STEM workers to the U.S. economy

MPI finds that almost 50 percent of recent immigrants are college graduates, up from 27 percent 25 years ago

Data brief finds that immigrants now represent 50 percent of New York City's senior population -- posing challenges for the senior services sector

Report documents the benefits from DACA for those immigrants whose formal schooling in the U.S. had been interrupted because of financial, legal, or motivational barriers

Consortium develops database of promising practices in immigrant education for community colleges


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