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15 Collections of
Migration-Related Research Abstracts
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 15 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.







January, 2019
A Wall Cannot Fix Problems at Border: Smart Solutions for Asylum Crisis Can
Doris Meissner & Sarah Pierce, MPI Commentary
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January 22, 2019
Six Historians on Why Trump's Border Wall Won't Work
Sean Neumann, RollingStone
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January 17, 2019
Falling Illegal Immigration Numbers Confirm No Border Crisis
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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January 11, 2019
Trump's bogus justifications for the border wall
Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings
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January 9, 2019
Vital Industries Could Suffer Significant Damage as Workers With TPS Lose Their Status
Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact
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January 9, 2019
Trump is the Wall
Jorge Ramos, The New York Times
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January 9, 2019
Terrorism is not a thing to cry wolf about
Ruth Ellen Wassam, The Hill
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January 8, 2016
Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security
Melissa Cruz, Immigration Impact
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January 7, 2019
The Tetherball Effect: How Efforts to Stop Migration Backfire
Loren B. Landau & Iriann Freemantle, New Security Beat
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January 3, 2019
Why Republicans Should Support Immigration
Jordan Bruneau, The New York Times
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January 2, 2019
Trump's wall would be a symbol of failure
Ruth Ellen Wassem, The Hill
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December 18, 2018
Sick from Eating That Salad? Blame Trump's Immigration Policies
Melissa Cruz, Immigration Impact
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December 13, 2018
Helping Trump Deport Immigrants is Just Another Perk of your Amazon Prime Subscription
Juan Escalante, Huffington Post
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December 13, 2018
Anti-wall is not a border policy: How Democrats can sell an immigration plan
Gregory J. Wallance, The Hill
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December 4, 2018

Trump's New Immigration Rule Could Threaten Health Care for 6.8 Million Children Who Are U.S. Citizens

Mattie Quinn, Governing

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December 3, 2018
A New Moral Imagination on Immigration
Pramila Jayapal, The New York Review of Books
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November 27, 2018
We Need a High Wall with a Big Gate
Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times
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November 24, 2018
Don't Bet on Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the New Congress
Priscilla Alvarez, The Atlantic
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November 12, 2018
Caravan To Nowhere: Five Fallacies That Stall Immigration Discourse
Rajshree Agarwal, Forbes
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November 12, 2018
Republicans must learn from the election mistake on immigration
Jordan Bruneau, The Hill
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November 8, 2018
When Environmentalism Meets Xenophobia
Gaby Del Valle, The Nation
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November 1, 2018
Measuring immigration's role in U.S. rise as economic power
Mike Cummings, Yale News
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"The desire to win arguments and the tendency to seek out information that reaffirms one's core identity are evolutionary traits that are hardwired into the human brain. Yet policymaking in democratic societies relies on the engagement of an electorate able to access and think critically about new information, and to adjust their views accordingly. Data and facts still have the power to promote a more informed electorate and a more effective policy process, but simply supplying high-quality information is no longer sufficient. Communicators need to work to better understand the political and emotional context in which information lands, and adapt their use of evidence to support a more nuanced debate of issues such as immigration to which there are rarely clean-cut, right-or-wrong answers."

Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, When Facts Don't Matter: How to Communicate More Effectively about Immigration's Costs and Benefits (Migration Policy Institute, November 2018), p. 19.
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MPI report looks at policy franeworks for the compulsory return and reintegration of migrants
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Study suggests that the "new immigration federalism" gives state governments some control over which types of immigrants to attract to their states
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Strauss Center report analyzes the impact of "metering" on asylum seekers and border communities in Mexico
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Study finds no evidence that intensified immigration enforcement reduces crime rates or improves the economic fortunes of U.S.-born workers
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MPI study recommends the use of "behavioral insights" to improve immigrant integration programs and outcomes
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AIC issues report on "the landscape of immigration detention in the United States," looking at number of detainees, type and location of detention facilities, average length of detention, transfers during detention, and grievances of detainees
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Pew Research Center analyzes the size, composition, and characteristics of the undocumented population in the U.S. and finds a substantial reduction in overall numbers since 2007
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MPI analyzes the crisis in the U.S. asylum system and makes recommendations to reduce the backlog in processing current cases and to achieve timely review of future applications
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Survey finds that attitudes amongHispanic adults have grown more negative, with half saying that their situation has worsened over the last year
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NBER research paper suggests that Chinese and Indian STEM PhDs, faced with delays in processing their applications for permanent residence because of quota backlogs, are returning home in significant numbers
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Report reveals how tech companies are "playing an increasingly central role in facilitating the expansion and acceleration of arrests, detentions, and deportations" in the United States and singles out Amazon and Palantir for special opprobrium
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Seeking to "drain the poison" from the immigration debate, the New Center releases a bipartisan proposal for immigration reform that "avoids the extreme views of right and left," builds on research findings, and reflects the "pragmatic" views of most Americans
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Stanford Immigration Policy Lab publishes an analysis of evidence-based research on policies and programs to promote refugee integration in the U.S., Canada, and Europe
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How is immigration changing the way Americans see themselves in racial terms? Russell Sage Foundation devotes an entire journal issue to this question
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By surveying and analyzing the core beliefs of Americans, researchers identify seven "hidden tribes" of Americans, some of which show more nuanced and balanced views on immigration, suggesting the possibility of achieving future consensus on immigration reform
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How can foreign-educated teachers rebuild their careers in America?  WES produces a guide to help them clarify and achieve their career goals
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Why research findings on immigration may fail to convince -- MPI lays out the pitfalls of current effort to counter erroneous information on immigration and suggests ways to communicate more effectively on the subject
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CAP study shows how immigrants are "breathing fresh life into declining rural communities" by reversing population loss, spurring economic growth, and ensuring the survival of key industries and services
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections