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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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August 17, 2016
Portraying Muslims as a Threat to Women, Donald Trump Echoes 'Us vs. Them' Refrain
Amanda Taub, The New York Times
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August 17, 2016
The Case for Extreme Immigrant Vetting
George J. Borjas, Politico
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August 14, 2016
Welcoming new immigrants will lift all of us
Ben McAdams, Lane Beattle & Dinesh Patel, The Salt Lake Tribune
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August 9, 2016
How 'They' Become 'We'
Michael Fix, The American Prospect
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August 1, 2016
Mexico is already the immigration 'wall' some politicians want
Mary Speck, The Los Angeles Times
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July 30, 2016
America once excelled at immigrant integration. Here's the way back
Janet Murguia, PBS Newshour
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July 29, 2016
Moving past the immigration impasse in a bipartisan way
Al Cardenas, The Hll
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July 28, 2016
Deep Thinking About Immigration
James Ryerson, The New York Times
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July 28, 2016
Just how big a lie is Trump telling on immigration?
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
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July 27, 2016
What the U.S. Presidential Candidates Are Missing in the Immigration Debate
Carl Nettleton, Fortune
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July 27, 2016
Why Unemployment Is Lower When Immigration Is Higher
David Bier, Cato Institute
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July 25, 2016
How the Democratic Party Platform Addresses Immigration
Joshua Breisblatt, American Immigration Council
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July 23, 2016
Deconstructing the Myth of the Criminal Immigrant
Cyrus Mehta, The Insightful Immigration Blog
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July 15, 2016
We Take Care of Our Own
David Brooks, The New York Times
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July 8, 2016
U.S. must lead on refugee crisis
Michael V. Hayden & James Stavridis
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July 6, 2016
Can Obama Pardon Millions of Immigrants?
Peter L. Markowitz, The New York Times
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July 5, 2016
'I was a stranger and you welcomed me'
Tony Magliano, National Catholic Reporter
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July 1, 2016
Obama Legacy: Immigration stands as most glaring failure
Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press
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June 27, 2016
Take the immigration fight to the states
Karthick Ramakrishnan & Pratheepan Gulasekaram, LA Times
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June 19, 2016
The Overlooked Pathways to Legal Status
Amanda Frost, The Atlantic
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June 17, 2016
How Trump Has Managed to Dumb Down the Immigration Debate
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet
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June 16, 2016
Trump's Racial and Ethnic Hierarchy: Blacks v. Mexicans and Muslims
Julianne Hing, The Nation
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June 13, 2016
Political Correctness and Bigotry
Terry Newell, Huffington Post
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June 1, 2016
The Costly Pursuit of Citizenship
Ali Noorani, The Hill
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June 1, 2016
States Will Need Immigrants to Counter Population Losses
Michele Waslin, American Immigration Council
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May 20, 2016
The truth is our successful multicultural society is built on secure borders
Malcolm Turnbull, Sydney Morning-Herald
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May 16, 2016
America is Stuck. Part of the Solution is More Immigrants
Richard Reeves, Esquire
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May 10, 2016
Report on Immigrant Welfare Use is Fundamentally Flawed - Here's Why
Walter Ewing, American Immigration Council
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May 9, 2016
Our Immigration Policy Is Not Only Unjust - It's Un-American
Martin O'Malley, Huffington Post
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May 1, 2016
Scapegoating immigrants masks their economic benefits,
Richard M. Perloff, Cleveland Plain-Dealer
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April 29, 2016
Sorry, Trump, Immigration is still Associated with Less Crime and Safe Communities,
Wendy Feliz, American Immigration Council
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April 23, 2016
Can the US teach Europe a lesson on immigration?
James Zogby, The National
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April 18, 2016
What's at stake for skills in the Supreme Court's DAPA case?
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, National Skills Coalition Blog
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April 15, 2016
It's Time for Colleges to Take a Stand on Immigration Reform
Miriam Feldblum, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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April 12, 2016
Time to Think Bigger About the Refugee Crisis
Bono, The New York Times
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April 5, 2016
Europe vs. America: Comparing the Terrorism Threat
Daniel L. Byman, Brookings Blog
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April 1, 2016
The Argument Over Immigrants and Immigration Is (Mostly) Over
Frank Sharry, America's Voice Blog
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March 31, 2016
Republic of Fear: Donald Trump has already transformed American culture. Even if he loses the election, Trumpism is here to stay
Jeet Heer, New Republic
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March 31, 2016
You Can't Build a Wall High Enough
Reihan Salam, Slate
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March, 2016
Federal WIOA Plan Requirements Ignore Opportunities to Support Equitable Access for Immigrant/LEP Adults
Margie McHugh, Migration Policy Institute
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March 18, 2016
Congress should ignore some immigration voices
Daniel Perrin, The Hill
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March 18, 2016
No, Not Trump, Not Ever
David Brooks, The New York Times
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March 12, 2016
Make America White Again
Kelly J. Baker, The Atlantic
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March 3, 2016
Trump's dangerous dance with bigotry
Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post
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March 1, 2016
What We're All Missing When We Talk About Migration
Laura Secorun Palet, Ozy
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February 19, 2016
A Little Reality on Immigration
David Brooks, The New York Times
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February 15, 2016
Immigrants are Assets for Innovation
Vijay K. Mathur, Huffington Post
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January 30, 2016
The Republican Conflation of Immigration and ISIS
Peter Beinart, The Atlantic
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January 27, 2016
Why Immigrant Integration Matters to Preventing Another San Bernardino Tragedy
Manuel Pastor & Manjusha P. Kulkarni, Huffington Post
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January 22, 2016
Xenophobic Immigration Policy Would Wreck the U.S. Economy
Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact
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January 21, 2016
Against Trump
The Editors, National Review
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January 19, 2016
The Great Assimilation Scare
Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute
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January 19, 2016
What's Really at Stake in the Supreme Court's Big Immigration Case
Spencer Amdur, New Republic
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January 18, 2016
New Evidence on Immigrants and Jobs
Giovanni Peri & Vasil Yasenov, The Wall Street Journal
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January 15, 2016
The Irony of Anti-Immigration Racism
Reihan Salam, Slate
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January 13, 2016
On Immigration, intolerance, and the West's fundamental dilemma
Matt A. Mayer, American Enterprise Institute blog
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January 12, 2016
The telling way white Americans react to pictures of dark-skinned immigrants
Jeff Guo, The Washington Post
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January 12, 2016
How Immigration is Disrupting the Nation-State
Michael Brendan Dougherty, The Week
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January 8, 2016
Conservatives' Creed Now Requires Hard Line on Immigration
Ramesh Ponnuru, BloombergView
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January 4, 2016
The Rise of the Doomsday Conservatives
Jim Geraghty, The National Review
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December 11, 2015
Thanks To Trump, fringe news enters the mainstream
Paul Farhi, The Washington Post
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December 10, 2015
Germany's defiant decency in the refugee crisis
Michael Gerson, The Washington Post
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December 10, 2015
Trump's Anti-Muslim Plan Is Awful. And Constitutional.
Peter J. Spiro, The New York Times
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December 8, 2015
A Life Uprooted
Okey Ndibe, The New York Times
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December 8, 2015
For Immigrants, America is Still More Welcoming Than Europe
Eduardo Porter, The New York Times
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December 4, 2015
Why the Immigration Quota System Needs to Go
Hrishikesh S. Joshi, The Hill
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November 28, 2015
Nationalism and the European Immigration Crisis
James W. Huston, San Diego Union Tribune
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November 19, 2015
Following the Terrorists' Script
Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times
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November 18, 2015
Syrian Refugees Don't Pose a Serious Security Threat
Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute Blog
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November 17, 2015
Liberals Should Knock Off the Mockery Over Calls to Limit Syrian Refugees
Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
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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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"..A quiet revolution is occurring in America's cities and metropolitan areas. Rather than playing to fears or rejecting newcomers, municipal leaders are coming up with new data-driven strategies to welcome and better integrate new Americans."

Manuel Pastor & Rhonda Ortiz, Opening Minds, Opening Doors, Opening Communities: Cities Leading for Immigrant Integration, 2015, p. 40.
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MPI report analyzes the impact and "unfinished business" from the Immigration Act of 1990

With DACA and DAPA (and perhas the Trump candidacy) as the backdrop, legal scholar seeks to understand proper limits on the exercise of prosecutorial discretion

Study finds that refugees from Bosnia, Burma, Laos, and Somalia are successfully integrating into local U.S. communities

Partnership produces reports on the contributions of new Americans to the economies of each of the states and the District of Columbia

GCIR report urges Texas grantmakers to commit resources to the goal of immigrant and refugee integration

Report analyzes the contributions that immigrants and refugees are making to the local economy in Akron (OH)

According to New Jersey study, absence of legal representation in deportation proceedings leads to harsh consequences

MPI's advice to government officials on both sides of the Atlantic:  take action to address public anxiety over immigration

National Academy holds a roundtable to discuss progress and challenges in integrating health literacy, cultural competence, and language access services into the healthcare system

Brookings and PPRI conduct far-reaching survey of American attitudes on immigration

Using innovative methodology, CSI report analyzes the "eligble-to-naturalize" population in Los Angeles County

MPI paper seeks to understand Canada's success as an immigrant nation

IOM publishes second volume in its "Fatal Journeys" series looking at procedures for identifying and tracing dead and missing migrants

Paper critiques the concept of the "feminization of migration" and calls for greater methodological sophistication in studying gender factors in migration

Task Force examines the workforce needs of of high-skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs in New Jersey

Paper reviews the experiences of earlier U.S. immigrant groups and finds recuring pattern of "discrimination and oppression"

Report links spike in anti-Muslim violence in 2015 and 2016 to the heated rhetoric of Donald Trump and other candidates for president

Report finds pressing need for foreign-trained, immigrant health professionals to fill personnel shortages in the U.S. healthcare industry

Report released on the first year of a demonstration project to build effective partnerships between community colleges and community-based organizations to educate and train immigrant workers

President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute offers candid advice to political leaders on migration policy

George Mason University produces state fact sheets on immigration

Survey research suggests that the dissemination of accurate information about immigration can help to reduce biased attitudes and change policy preferences

MPI paper on public opinion in the UK advises government officials to pay careful attention to the concerns of the "anxious middle" on immigration policy

Fairfield University develops toolkit to help Catholic churches organize parish dialogues on immigration-related issues

MPI report compares the U.S. and European experience in integrating Muslim immigrants

Immigrant casino workers in Las Vegas, according to University of California report, allege widespread labor and safety violations

Paper from the American Action Forum measures the impact on specific industries of the removal of al undocumented immigrants from the U.S.

AHRQ reviews 37,000 English language studies dealing with the provision of "culturally appropriate health care"

USC report assesses the impact of the recently announced partial fee waiver for citizenship applications

Report from MPI Europe urges governments to open up new migration channels for refugees to address a "displacement crisis of historic proportions"

Partnership for a New American Economy publishes "snapshots" of immigrant contributions to local economies in Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, and Toledo

MPI report examines the challenges faced by refugee parents in Massachusetts in accessing high quality childcare and recommends steps to ease the problem

Immigration reform essential to the viability of the health care sector in the Midwest, according to report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Paper argues that investments in adult ESOL classes will contribute to the overall economic health of New York City and State

Paper urges a more inclusive, immigrant-focusd approach to workforce development in New York City

Study finds that immigrants started half of all billion dollar start-up companies in the United States

Study analyzes the current and potential state and local tax contributions of undocumented immigrants

2015 American Values Atlas finds that 62 percent of Americans favor a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

MPI study finds that the children of refugees in the U.S. are "in the main, integrating successfully and achieving self-sufficiency"

Paper critiques the "skills gap" thesis in workforce education and urges the reintroduction of a social justice perspective in adult education

Study examines the factors associated with occupational injury or illness among immigrant day laborers

MPI paper sees advantages to both Germany and Turkey in the increased circularity of migration between the two countries

MPI and Urban Institute study shows how families with undocumented parents will improve their economic lot and lift a burden off their citizen children through participation in the DAPA program

Article analyzes the socio-economic characteristics of immigrants likely to benefit from the Obama Administration's executive action programs

Focusing on the tragic death of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, scholar analyzes the use of coded racial narratives to advance restrictionist immigration policies

Report exposes the white nationalist roots of the immigration restriction movement in the U.S.

Pilot project explores how to increase the enrollment of refugee children in Head Start and other early childhood programs

RISE study tracks the progress made by refugees in integrating into the social, civic, and economic life of the State of Colorado

MPI report reviews initiatives to maximize the economic potential of skilled immigrants in both receiving and sending countries

AIC paper profiles promising programs to promote immigrant entrepreneurship in Chicago, Dayton, and Nashville

Paper reviews efforts to provide health insurance coverage to undocumented immigrants in California

MPI report examines the outflow of wealthy and highly skilled emigrants from China

Report finds that refugees are making significant economic contributions to the economy of central Ohio

Paper suggests that worksite immigration enforcement leads to a form of servitude outlawed by the 13th amendent to the Constitution

National Academies report draws lessons from other OECD coutries on how the U.S. can coninue to attract high skilled immigrants and remain competitive in the global economy

Stanford University report examines the state of Latino entrepreneurship in the U.S

Paper argues that it is difficult for female victims of domestic violence, who don't fit the prevailing stereotype of passive and helpless victims, to obtain asylum under U.S. law

Paper suggests tha the roots of "crimmigration" run deep in American history

New American Leaders Project analyzes imbalances in the representation of immigrants and minoritie in state legislatures

CAP report examnes the role of for-profit prison companies in influencing U.S. immigrant detention policies

MPI publishes a statistical portrait of current European immigrants to the U.S.

Urban Institute examines the preschool enrollment patterns of immigrant children in Silicon Valley and suggests ways to remove barriers to access

CMS report shows a continued drop in the U.S. undocumented population to 10.9 million in 2014 -- the lowest level since 2003

MPI paper recommends improvements in current procedures for measuring the effectiveness of border controls

Paper discusses major issues in immigration policy from an economic development perspective

White House Task Force on New Americans issues its one-year progress report

USC study examines the "quiet revolution" unfoldng in 63 cities with governmental bodies promoting immigrant integration

City of Auroa (CO) produces a three-year "comprehensive strategic plan" to fully engage immigrants in the civic, economic, and cultural life of the community

OneAmerica produces report on foreign-educated immigrants in Washington State

MPI paper examines the root causes of the world refugee protection crisis and calls for the development of more "comprehensive" policy solutions

Transatlantic Council paper examines the "brain drain" of educated Europeans to other countries

2015 report from the International Organization for Migration looks at the intersection of migration and urbanization

Bipartisan Policy Center report estimates the budgetary impact of various immigration reform proposals and urges an "all of the above" approach

PEW study finds that 1 million Mexicans left the U.S. over the last 5 years, reducing the Mexican population from 12.8 million to 11.7 million

IOM paper examines strategies for immigrant inclusion in U.S. Cities

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