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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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November 19, 2015
Following the Terrorists' Script
Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times
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November 17, 2015
The Anti-Immigration Activist Who Set the Stage for Donald Trump
David Noriega, BuzzFeed
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November 13, 2015
The dark, complex history of Trump's model for his mass deportation plan
Kate Linthieum, L.A. Times
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November 12, 2015
Trump hits a new low on immigration
Michael Gerson, The Washington Post
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November 10, 2015
Allow Illinois student aid for undocumented immigrants
Gov. Jim Edgar, Chicago Sun Times
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November 1, 2015
Unworkable Immigration Proposals from Donald Trump - and Other Republican Presidential Contenders
Anna On Ya Law, Scholars Strategy Network
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October 29, 2015
For States, Inclusive Approach to Unauthorized Immigrants Can Help Build Better Economies
Erica Williams et al, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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October 27, 2015
Ryan says 'no' on immigration deal, but conservatives still fret
David Weigel, The Washington Post
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October 13, 2015
Four Myths about the European Refugee Crisis
Robert Farley, Lawyers, Guns & Money
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October 10, 2015
The Case for Getting Rid of Borders - Completely
Alex Tabarrok, The Atlantic
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October 6, 2015
The Immigration Dividend
Ted Widmer, The New York Times
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October 3, 2015
Should Immigration Require Assimilation?
Tom Gjelten, The Atlantic
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September 25, 2015
The American Idea and Today's G.O.P.
David Brooks, The New York Times
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September 24, 2015
America is Still Great, and Immigration Is Still Why
Lawrence Downs, The New York Times
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September 24, 2015
Forget border walls and mass deportations. The real changes in immigration policy are happening in the states.
Pratheepan Gulasekaram & Karthick Ramakrishnan
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September 24, 2015
U.S. can do better job of integrating immigrants

Richard Alba & Nancy Foner, San Diego Union-Tribune
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September 22, 2015
State Immigration Policy Offices: 3 Takeaways
The PEW Charitable Trusts
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September 22, 2015
America's Leading Immigrant Cities: Trump has it backwards - large immigrant populations boost rather than hurt U.S. metros
Richard Florida, City Lab
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September 3, 2015
Birthright citizenship is an American institution
Greg Stanton, The Hill
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September 2, 2015
A Silver Lining to Donald Trump's Hateful Rhetoric
Matthew Tully, The Indianapolis Star
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September 1, 2015
Donald Trump meet Wong Kim Ark, the Chinese American cook who is the father of 'birthright citizenship'
Fred Barbash, The Washington Post
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August 17, 2015
Everything Donald Trump's Immigration Plan Gets Wrong
Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight
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August 13, 2015
The Dehumanizing History of the Words We've Used to Describe Immigrants
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress
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August 8, 2015
Africa's Scramble for Europe
Ross Douthat, The New York Times
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August 7, 2015
3 ideas to improve legal immigration
Alex Nowrasteh, The Hill
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August 6, 2015
Republican debate needs immigration unity
Linda Chavez & John Fonte, USAToday
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August 4, 2015
One of Republicans' top ideas could actually do the opposite of what they want,
Max Ehrenfreund, The Washington Post
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July 25, 2015
Crime and sanctuary: Amend policies, don't end them
David Fitzgerald & Angela S. Garcia, San Diego Union Tribune
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July 20, 2015
Federal-Local Coordination on Immigration Enforcement: Prioritizing Public Safety
Lizet Ocampo, Center for American Progress
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July 14, 2015
Immigration and Crime
Ilya Somin, The Washington Post
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Summer, 2015
Immigration and America's Urban Revival

Robert J. Sampson, The American Prospect
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July 10, 2015
The demographics of 2016 look brutal for Republicans
Greg Sarget, The Washington Post
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July 10, 2015
Was Donald Trump Right About Immigrant Sanctuary Laws?
Sergio C. Garcia, Jessica M. Vaugn, Jan C. Ting, Rose Cuison Villazor, Kevin R. Johnson, Room for Debate, The New York Times
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July 8, 2015
What Donald Trump Doesn't Understand About Immigrants and Crime
Sally Kohn, The Atlantic
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July 7, 2015
Turning away foreign talent - a costly practice for US competitiveness
Rosario Marin, The Hill
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July 7, 2015
Conservatives, Quit Defending Trump
Linda Chavez, National Review
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July 6, 2015
A Failure to Communicate on Immigration
Esther J. Cepeda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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June 27, 2015
Immigration Reform: 'The California Package'
Karthick Ramakrishnan & Allan Colbern, The LA Times
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June 21, 2015
What is Whiteness?
Nell Irvin Painter, The New York Times
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June 16, 2015
The Myth of Invasion
Hein de Haas, Global Diversity Exchange
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June 11, 2015
The Myth of a White Minority
Richard Alba,The New York Times
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June 10, 2015
Why Does Immigration Divide the GOP Along Lines of Education and Age?
Ronald Brownstein, National Journal
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June 9, 2015
Attracting Immigrants Grows Our Economy,
Margaret Spellings & Javier Palomarez, The Huffington Post
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June 5, 2015
Et Tu, Mickey Mouse? Disney Pads Record Profits by Replacing U.S. Workers with Cheaper H-1B Guestworkers,
Ron Hira, Economic Policy Institute Blog
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May 26, 2015
Talent Loves English
David Brooks, The New York Times
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May 14, 2015
Let Syrians Settle Detroit
David D. Laitin & Marc Jahr, The New York Times
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May 11, 2015
Unpacking Republican Opposition To Immigration Reform
John Tirman, Cognoscenti (WBUR), May 11, 2015
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May 8, 2015
Inequality, Immigration, and Hypocrisy
Kenneth Rogoff, Project Syndicate
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May 8, 2015
Black-Asian tensions: Not the cause of Baltimore
Jeff Yang, CNN
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May 6, 2015
Open Up, Europe! Let Migrants In
Philippe Legrain, The New York Times
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May 5, 2015
One (Economic) Argument for ONE California
Manuel Pastor, Huffington Post
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April 27, 2015

Think of Undocumented Immigrants as Parents, Not Problems
Roberto Suro & Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, The New York Times
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April 24, 2015
We're failing today's Boat People?
William Lacy Swing, Time
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April 17, 2015
Task force breaks new ground on immigrant integration
Brenda Dann-Messier & Juan Salgada, The Hill
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April 14, 2014
Four Myths That Sen. Sessions Believes About Immigration to the U.S.
Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact
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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

Marielena 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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"Workplaces are essential spaces for immigrant integration. Most immigrants come to the United States to work, and they spend a good part of their lives in workplaces. Thus, workplace-based practices can have great effect on the integration of immigrants."

Maria E. Enchautegui, Engaing Employers in Immigrant Integration, Urban Institute, August, 2015.
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Report analyzes the economic contributions and potential of African immigrants in Minnesota

Keynote address by David A. Martin puts forward the "enigma principle" in refugee protection

Transatlantic Council on Migration calls for reform of the global refugee protection system

Urban Institute report analyzes the role of employers in advancing immigrant integration

IOM surveys world public opinion on immigration

Paper argues that international human rights law fails to provide protections for undocumented immigrants

Study attempts to understand the banking and credit habits of undocumented immigrants

What explains the "healthy immigrant effect?" New study attempts to determine the role of government immigrant admission policy?

Joyce Foundation publishes an evaluation of the "Shifting Gears" program designed to help adult education students transition to post-secondary education and gain employment-related credentials

MPI publishes an analysis of the unauthorized population by country and region of birth, showing changing trends over time, distribution of specific groups by state, and participation rates in the DACA program

MPI analyzes DACA renewal statistics and suggests why some immigrants have refrained from renewing

CIRI estimates the cost of providing legal and related services to immigrants eligible for the expanded DACA and DAPA programs

The Building Integrated Communities Project of the University of North Carolina releases report on immigrant integration challenges in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, NC

USC study urges San Diego leaders to address growing social inequities, including the marginalization of immigrants, to permit the city to thrive in the 21st century

MPI report examines the nature, extent and consequences of discrimination directed at immigrant children

Study finds weak relationship between immigrant educational levels and the educational attainment of their children

IMPRINT surveys over 5,000 foreign-educated immigrant professionals in an effort to identify the factors associated with career success in the U.S.

Urban Institute conducts comprehensive review of the literature on the impact of parental deportation on the well-being of immigrant children

Urban Institute study shows that supportive parenting practices, i.e. those designed to promote children's social and cognitive development, vary by immigrants' country and region of background

Paper from the Transatlantic Council on Migration calls for new approaches in responding to the forced displacement of people

Paper makes the case for "resolute enforcement" of the nation's immigration laws in order to sustain a generous immigration policy

MPI examines the effectiveness of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program in integrating refugees

American Immigration Council publishes report on "The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States"

Welcoming America publishes 92-page "Guide to Immigrant Economic Development"

Paper assers that new forms of racism hide behind "English-only" policies and that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not provide sufficient protection for language minorities

Report from Brookings analyzes the lessons learned from the implementation of the  DACA program and how they may apply to DAPA and other future immigration reform initiatives targeting the undocumented

Scholars argue that the "California Package" of pro-immigrant state legislation creates a "de facto" form of state citizenship

Report marshals evidence to show that the life chances of citizen children are seriously jeopardized when one or more of their parents are undocumented

Pittsburgh publishes its "Welcoming Pittsburgh Plan" to improve the quality of life for both foreign-born and native-born city residents

Survey finds that Nashville business leaders see connection between Nashville's economic success and its efforts to welcome and integrate immigrants

MPI publishes demographic analysis of Middle Eastern and North African immigrants in the U.S.

Kauffman Foundation report finds that immigrants now account for 28.5 percent of all new entrepreneurs in the U.S.

MPI Report analyzes the extent to which European governments have been successful in "mainstreaming" immigrant integration

Survey reveals the extent to which library systems in the U.S. are "welcoming" to immigrants

On the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965, scholars discuss its impact on America

Paper asks whether the nation's failed experiment with Prohibition has lessons for today's immigration policy makers

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops releases nine-point plan for reform of the U.S. immigration detention system

Bipartisan Policy Center report calls for "an objective set of comprehensive, performance-based outcome measures" for determining the success or failure of immigration enforcement policies

Report suggests that legalization of undocumented immigrants will substantially increase state and local tax revenue

Cato study finds no evidence that immigrants from poor or authoritarian countries undermine the values and institutions supporting "economic freedom" in host countries

The WE Global Network publishes a compendium of successful economic development strategies utilizing immigrants

Report from NJ Policy Perspective suggests that most undocumented students in NJ need access to state financial aid to continue their education

Paper challenges popular assumptions about the origin of restrictions on social welfare benefits for undocumented immigrants

Study ranks states by their efforts to favorably influence the social determinants of health for undocumented immigrants

MPI publishes profile of the Cuban immigrant population in the U.S.

Ford Foundation-funded study profiles the undocumented college student population, describes obstacles to their educational success, and identifies policies and practices to overcome these obstacles

Pew reports that a "rising share" (now 8.7 percent) of the U.S. black population is foreign-born

Pew report finds shifts in the occupational distribution of unauthorized immigrant workers since the Great Recession of 2007

MPI produces demographic portrait of immigrants in Houston and estimates the number of people potentially in need of immigration legal services, either to naturalize or to qualify for relief through executive action

Research reveals important changes in the size and composition of the unauthorized immigrant population, including a sharp decline in Mexican arrivals since 2000 and the fact that the majority of new unauthorized arrivals are now people who overstayed visas

Report released on North Carolina's 2014 "Summit for Cities and Towns" working on immigrant integration

MPI report discusses the evolving policy of the Chinese government towards immigrants

Study finds that the deportation of all undocumented workers would reduce U.S. GDP by $1.6 trillion

Study finds that future U.S. labor force growth will depend on Hispanic immigration and the size of the Hispanic workforce

Study from the William T. Grant Foundation analyzes the state of current research on policies and practices to reduce inequality for immigrant-origin children and youth

Vera Institute produces field guide for local law enforcement agencies interested in working effectively with Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities

National Skills Coalition calls for an educational path to legalization that is compatible with the manpower needs of the American economy and that provides adequate resources for implementation

MPI analyzes the competencies of adults in the U.S. "through an immigrant lens"

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