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June, 2019
In This Issue

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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NewResearchNew Public Policy Research and Reports

Civic Participation

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration

Employment and Labor Issues

Immigrant Communities

State-Specific Studies

National Perspectives/Immigration Policy

Global Perspectives

The United States has a long tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing persecution or war. Since the passage of the Refugee Act of 1980, the country has admitted over 3 million refugees for resettlement. During that same period, more than 600,000 people were granted asylum. U.S. policy towards refugees and asylees, the product of a shifting amalgam of international protocols and treaties, congressional statutes, and executive branch action, has evolved over time. Under the Trump administration, refugee admissions have slowed to a crawl, while requests for asylum, particularly on the southern border, have soared. This collection of studies deals with the root causes of refugee movements, the nature of the American response to these movements, the components of effective refugee resettlement, and refugee contributions to American life. Other studies examine the reasons for the influx of asylum seekers on the southern border and how the asylum system can respond responsibly and humanely to this pressing challenge.

lcLatest Commentary
A selection of recent Op-eds from immigration researchers and major opinion leaders

June 13, 2019
As Immigrants Face Attacks, Where Stands Philanthropy?
Steve Dubb, Nonprofit Quarterly

June 7, 2019
Why Should Immigrants 'Respect Our Borders'? The West Never Respected Theirs
Suketu Mehta, The New York Times

June 4, 2019
What Will the E-Verify Program Be Used to Surveil Next?
David Bier, CATO

June 3, 2019
Study: Trump's Immigration Agenda May Compromise Care for Elderly, Disabled
Yusra Murad, Morning Consult

June 2, 2019
Can Congress trust Trump to implement immigration reform?
David Bier, The Hill

May 23, 2019
Most Canadian Immigrants Are Not Economic Migrants, they are Family-Based Immigrants
Alex Nowrasteh, CATO

May 22, 2019
What's behind the desire for 'skilled' immigrants? Racial prejudice
Neil Malhotra & Benjamin Newman, The Washington Post

May 21, 2019
How anti-immigrant policies thwart scientific discovery
Violet Moller, The Washington Post


International Metropolis Conference, Metropolis Project, Ottawa, Canada, June 24-28, 2019

Immigrant Student Success:  Strategies and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators, Immigrant Learning Center Public Education Institute, Webinars, 10 am - 2:00 pm, July 9-10, 2019

14th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health, Berkeley School of Public Health and the California Endowment, Berkeley & Oakland, CA, July 10-13, 2019

 16th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, Migration Policy Institute, CLINIC, and Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, October 7, 2019

 National Immigrant Integration Conference, National Partnership for New Americans, Detroit, MI, October 20-22, 2019

Leading the Way: An American Approach to Immigration, National Immigration Forum (Invitation Only), Washington, DC., November 6-7, 2019

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