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Policy-related reports, studies, and information about the challenge and promise of immigrant integration. Materials organized by collection topic.
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100RC Project of the Rockefeller Foundation urges cities around the world to treat migration as a priority area for "resilience" planning

100 Resilient Cities, May, 2017, 103 pp.

Funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges of the 21st century.  The Foundation provides funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city. Believing that the concept of resilience has relevance to the challenges posed by migration and that "the mass migration we are witnessing today is not a temporary state of emergency, but the beginning of a new reality," 100RC convened a meeting in Athens in September of 2016 to examine migration as a key component of urban planning. Eight cities (Los Angeles, Montreal, Medellin, Paris, Amman, Ramallah, Thessaloniki, and Athens) played a lead role in planning this event. They were joined by representatives of expert organizations, such as the International Rescue Committee, Welcoming America, and the International Organization for Migration. The overriding goal of participants was to "unlock the Resilience Dividend," meaning that solutions developed for one challenge, e.g. immigration, should address multiple problems and constituencies. This report, described as a "blueprint," summarizes "the aspirations and strategic approaches" of conference participants. "It describes methods for integrating migrants into the formal economy; programs for lowering barriers of entry to small businesses and entrepreneurs; innovative designs for housing; examples of new city departments for migration; and many other programs for absorbing migrants in the long term while harnessing their contributions to the host community."

MPI report finds that almost 50 percent of recent immigrants to the U.S. are college graduates -- up from 27 percent 25 years ago

Migration Policy Institute, May, 2017, 16 pp.
Authors:  Jeanne Batalova & Michael Fix

This fact sheet reports that recent immigrants in the United States are more educated than in the past. Data from the American Community Survey and U.S. Census Bureau show that from 1986 to 1990, 27 percent of new arrivals had a college degree. Between 2011 and 2015, 48 percent of recent immigrants were college graduates. In 26 states, recent immigrants were more likely to be college educated than those born in the U.S. The authors suggest this shift, along with an increase in English proficiency and bilingualism among new arrivals, may be due to increased immigration from Asia. Currently, half of the college-educated immigrants in the U.S. come from Asia. Educational attainment is rising among other immigrant groups as well; nearly one-quarter of recent immigrants from Latin America have college degrees. The authors also note the increased educational attainment and English education around the world and the rise of English as a global lingua franca. In 2015, the largest share of highly skilled immigrants came from India, followed by China/Hong Kong, the Philippines, Mexico and South Korea. The findings suggest some important policy measures, including addressing skill underutilization among college-educated immigrants (the so-called "brain waste" problem), avoiding immigration policies and rhetoric that deter highly skilled newcomers, and making temporary visas available for certain skilled immigrants.
(Samah Rizvi for The Immigrant Learning Center Public Education Institute)

NewResearchNew Public Policy Research and Reports

Adult Education

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration

lcLatest Commentary
A selection of recent OpEds from immigration researchers and major opinion leaders

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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June 27, 2017
Immigrants Boost Wages for Everyone
Richard Florida, CityLab
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June 27, 2017
'The Strange Death of Europe' Warns Against Impacts of Immigration
Robert Siegel, Interview with Douglas Murray, All Things Considered (NPR)
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June 23, 2017
Liberals and Immigration
Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
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June 22, 2017
Donald Trump Does His Best Joe McCarthy Impession
James Risen & Tom Risen, The New York Times
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June 22, 2017
Bibles, Badges & Business
Adrienne Faraci, Carnegie Reporter
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