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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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National Academies conducts a comprehensive review of the literature on 
the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration

In an effort to understand the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration to the United States, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine convened a distinguished panel of 22 economists, sociologists, and demographers, chaired by Francine D. Blau, of the Department of Economics at Cornell University. In a study process lasting three years, the panel pored over the existing scholarly literature and secured input from scores of experts around the United States. The actual report, more than 500 pages in length, is filled with technical jargon that may prove intimidating to the lay reader. Repeatedly, the authors caution readers that immigration cannot be easily isolated as a single causal factor for any economic outcome. Nonetheless, the panel tried to find areas of consensus. One point of agreement is that high-skilled immigrants have had a significant "positive impact" on the overall economy, stimulating innovation and helping to create jobs. Without their energy and talent, "patenting per

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Humorous video explains why a wall on the Mexican border would have unintended consequences

Powerful video on the destructive power of labels

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

October 15, 2016
The immense value that immigrants have always brought to America
Esther J. Cepeda, The Salt Lake Tribune
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October 9, 2016
Immigration is a dying issue
Tim Kane, CNN
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September 29, 2016
What Does Immigration Actually Cost Us?
Thomas B. Edsall The New York Times
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September 28, 2016
Why I'm voting for Hillary Clinton
Steve Case, The Washinton Post
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September 23, 2016
Mass deportation isn't just impractical. It's very, very dangerous
Danielle Allen & Richard Ashby Wilson, The Washington Post
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September 22, 2016
The Riddle of Immigrant Voting
Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect
September 22, 2016
Trump lets the immigration cat out of the bag
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post


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