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June, 2020
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Research to Inform Policy, Practice, and Advocacy  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

Adult Education and Workforce Training

Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration

Employment and Labor Issues

Education (Pre-K to 12)

Human Services (General)

Human Services (Aging & Disability)

Immigrant Communities

Intergroup Relations

Law Enforcement

National Perspectives/Immigration Policy
fcFeatured Collection:
Immigrant Integration (General)

Immigration presents many challenges to policy makers: how many immigrants to admit, what criteria to use in selecting immigrants, how to manage borders, how to treat irregular migrants, and how to attract needed talent and labor. However, one challenge that often gets lost in the heated discourse on immigration, and perhaps the most important one of all, is how to ensure that immigrants and their progeny overcome a range of cultural, educational, social, legal, and linguistic barriers and fully integrate into the larger society. This challenge is often greater for black and brown people who bear the weight of institutionalized racism. The Portal exists to call attention to the challenge and rewards of integration and to highlight evidence-based research that illuminates sound policy and best practices in achieving the goal of immigration integration. All Portal collections deal with integration in one form or another. However, the Immigrant Integration (General) collection focuses on ways to measure the effectiveness of integration strategies across all domains of service, how various countries are responding to the integration challenge, and what gains are produced from successful approaches.

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

June 21, 2020
Immigrants should acknowledge their debt to black people,
Quaid Saifee, Crain's Detroit Business
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June 21, 2020

Supreme Court DACA Decision a Win for Trump
Maria Cardona, The Hill
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June 13, 2020

The Surprising Origin of our Modern Nation of Immigrants
Jia Lynn Yang, The New York Times
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June 8, 2020
Immigrants are not to blame for global epidemics: insights from past and present
Tahseen Shams, Open Democracy
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June 4, 2020

New Visa Restrictions Will Make The U.S. Economic Downturn Worse
Press Release, University of California San Diego
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June 2, 2020

The Lottery: The two faces of birthright citizenship
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, The Nation
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May 27, 2020

What Isolation Does to Undocumented Immigrants,
Emily Kaplan, The Atlantic
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May 26, 2020

Trump Is Using the Coronavirus Pandemic as an Excuse to Permanently Close the Borders,
Katy Murdza, Immigration Impact
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