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Research to Inform Policy and Practice   
on Migration-Related Issues
Policy-related reports, studies, and information about the challenge and promise of immigrant integration. Materials organized by collection topic.
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Welcoming America produces toolkits and other resources to build more accepting attitudes toward immigrants and refugees in local communities
Welcoming America (WA) promotes and supports a movement of more than 100 local governments striving to create more inclusive and welcoming communities. The organization addresses the fears and concerns of established residents, emphasizes the importance of face-to-face dialogue between people of diverse backgrounds, and publishes training materials to be used by local leaders working to build harmonious relationships between people. WA also stresses the connection between a welcoming environment for immigrants and refugees and the health of local economies. Over the last year, WA has produced a number of toolkits and resources that may prove especially valuable as the nation transitions to a new administration in Washington that appears to be less friendly to immigrants and refugees. America Needs All of Us: A Toolkit for Talking About bias, Race, and Change seeks to help people overcome the discomfort they may feel in talking about race and ethnicity. The target audience is the "moveable middle...those whose minds are not yet made up about immigration and the changes they may be seeing in their community."  The Toolkit suggests a number of

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Aspen Institute paper calls for greater effort to help immigrants gain access to workforce training services 



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Berea College Student Government President and DACA recipient Osvaldo Flores shares his thoughts on the 2016 presidential election.

This is one in a series of videos produced by Define American which uses the power of story to "shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America." To access other videos in this series, click here

Yasmine Mustafa, a refugee from the Persian Gulf War, gives a TED talk on the effects of the "birth lottery" -- how it shapes you but does not define you, how she was able to overcome the trials of her youth to become a successful entrepreneur.

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

November 16, 2016
Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn't one of them
German Lopez, Vox
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November 16, 2016
What the Mass Deportation of Immigrants Might Look Like
Louis Hyman & Natasha Iskandar, Slate
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November 15, 2016
The Ideological Roots of Donald Trump's Immigration Team
Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact
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November 15, 2016
There's No Such Thing as a Good Trump Voter
Jamelle Bouie, Slate
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November 15, 2016
The Facts About Immigration
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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November 14, 2016
Nativists Created Our Immigration Problems - They Can't Fix Them
David Bier, Cato Institute
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November 13, 2016
When Borders Close
Ruchir Sharma, The New York Times
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November 11, 2016
The Sheer Horror of Trump's Win
Tom Moran, The Star-Ledger
November 10, 2016
Donald Trump's Signature Campaign Positions on Immigration and Refugee Protection and Why the President-Elect Should Reconsider Them
Donald Kerwin, The Huffington Post
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October 24, 2016
How America's Outdated Immigration Laws Hurt the Economy
Brian Schaitkin, Christian Science Monitor
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