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May, 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

Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration

Employment and Labor Issues

Human Services (General)

Human Services (Health Care)

Immigrant Communities

Intergroup Relations

Law Enforcement

National Perspectives/Immigration Policy

The impact of immigration on the state and local level is the theme of the Portal's "State-Specific Studies" collection. Many of these studies focus on the economic impact of immigration, including the role of immigrant entrepreneurs in jumpstarting or sustaining local economies. Other studies look at how well immigrant have integrated into the social, civic, and economic life of the community. 

Several think tanks and university centers have taken the lead in producing these studies. One such organization is New American Economy. Through its Map the Impact service, key data, such as immigrant spending power and taxes paid, are available by state, congressional district or urban area for the entire country.  New American Economy also produces more detailed reports on selected states and communities.  Another organization working to illuminate the impact of immigration on local communities is the Migration Policy Institute. Through its Migration Data Hub, one can access state-level data on immigrant English language proficiency, educational levels, labor force participation rates, occupational breakdowns, income, and poverty rates.

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


May, 2020
The Rocky Road to a Mobile World after COVID-19
Meghan Benton, MPI Commentary
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May 22, 2020
Liberate Naturalization Ceremonies!
Linda Chavez, The Bulwark
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May 19, 2020
If Joe Biden wins, immigration reform may actually be possible
Paul Waldman, The Washington Post, May 19, 2020
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May 15, 2020
Immigration reform after Covid-19
Alex Nowrasteh, The Hill
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May 12, 2020
Is Biden Going to Repeat Obama's Immigration Mistakes?
Laura Weiss, The New Republic
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May 11, 2020

Immigration Policies Threaten American Competitiveness
William R. Kerr, Working Knowledge (Harvard Business School)
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May 8, 2020

Can COVID-19 positively change perceptions on Migration?
Catherine Xhardez, openDemocracy
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May 6, 2020

The world needs more immigration after the pandemic, not less,
Pankaj Mishra, The Print
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May 1, 2020
After the Pandemic, the U.S. Will Need More Immigrants,
The Editors, Bloomberg Opinion
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April, 2020
As COVID-19 Slows Human Mobility, Can the Global Compact for Migration Meet the Test for a Changed Era?
Lena Kainz, Migration Policy Institute Commentary
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April 30, 2020
Trump's Immigration Pause Won't Outlast Him,
Shikha Dalmia, Reason
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April 30, 2020
Trump's New Immigration Ban Is Potentially More Dangerous, and More Legally Vulnerable, Than You Might Think,
Anil Kalhan, American Constitution Society Expert Forum
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April 29, 2020
Trump's Immigration Lockdown Will Weaken America,
Noah Smith, Bloomberg Opinion
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April 28, 2020
America's Faith in Law is at Stake in the DACA Case,
H. Lee Sarokin, The Atlantic
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April 28, 2020
Immigration suspension: All hat and no cattle?
Ruth Ellen Wasem, The Hill
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April 22, 2020
Three Reasons Why Immigrants Aren't Going to Take Your Job,
Alex Nowrasteh, Cato at Liberty,
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ccCOVID-19 and Immigration

Visit our special collection of articles, commentary, and web resources on Immigration and COVID-19. The materials are arranged in chronological order within four topical areas: immigrant vulnerabilities, efforts to address those vulnerabilities, immigrant contributions to the pandemic response effort, and websites with COVID-19 immigration-related resources.

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The Portal is a project of Diversity Dynamics, LLC, in association with the Immigrant Learning Center, Public Education Institute, Malden, MA; the Center for International Social Work, School of Social Work, Rutgers University; and a panel of volunteer content area experts who help to write our research abstracts. Please send content suggestions for the Portal, including events of interest, to: We welcome inquiries from new volunteers. No endorsements implied for research, opinions, resources or events featured on the Portal.