American Immigrant Policy Portal

September, 2022

Research to Inform Policy, Practice, and Advocacy on
Migration-Related Issues

Reports, studies, and information about immigration policy
and the process of creating a fair and welcoming society for all

Materials organized by collection topic.
Click on headlines for abstracts and links to original research.

Recent Public Policy Research and Reports

Employment and Labor Issues

Report recommends a range of reforms to immigration systems, including the issuance of "digital nomad visas," in order to reap the potential of remote work to advance economic development

(Migration Policy Institute)

Human Services (Health Care)

MPI report examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigrant communities in the U.S., including the immigrant role in providing essential services, infection and death rates in immigrant communities, and efforts on the part of states and localities to fill gaps in federal assistance

(Migration Policy Institute)

MPI report takes an in-depth look at how two very different communities (Worthington, MN, and Harris County Texas) provided relief and recovery assistance to immigrants barred from receiving federal COVID-related assistance

(Migration Policy Institute)

´╗┐Immigrant Communities

MPI publishes a report on the size, geographic distribution, and socioeconomic characteristics of the Ukrainian immigrant population living in the U.S. prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

(Migration Policy Institute)

Immigration Demographics

Study explores the demographic characteristics of the 1.7 million undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants in the U.S.

(Center for Migration Studies)

Intergroup Relations

Study analyzes 200,000 congressional speeches and 5,000 presidential communications related to immigration since 1880 and finds that political speech on the subject has become more positive, but also more polarized

(Proceedings of the National Academy of Science)

Study offers an explanation as to why anti-immigrant voters have a greater impact on public policy even though they are a minority

(British Journal of Political Science)

Law Enforcement

Report makes the case for humane, community-based alternatives to immigrant detention -- a reform that produces high rates of check-ins and court appearances

(Center for American Progress)

Local Government

Examining the City of Orlando's response to the influx of Puerto Ricans after hurricane Maria in 2017, report discusses steps cities can take to prepare for mass migrations due to climate change

(Urban Institute)

National Perspectives/Immigration Law

After convening a series of stakeholder conversations to discuss needed reforms to the U.S. employment-based immigration system, Bipartisan Policy Center publishes a report detailing areas of agreement, as well as points of difference

(Bipartisan Policy Center)


Featuring a selection of recent Op-eds from

Immigration researchers and major opinion leaders


September 23, 2022

The US's 'immigration crisis' is admitting too few immigrants, not too many

Deepak Bhargava & Rich Stolz, The Guardian

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September 18, 2022

An Immigration Strategy for Great Power Competition

Ike Barrash, The National Interest

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September 18, 2022

Review: Why Skills-Based Immigration Is the Best Option for America

Reihan Salam, Foreign Policy

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September 16, 2022

(Ron DeSantis) A Sadistic Immigration Stunt: Even border-security hawks should be horrified

Tom Nichols, The Atlantic

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September 13, 2022

Refugee "baggage" does not include inclination to crime

Sora Heo, Niskanen Center

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September 13, 2022

Progressive groups call on Democrats to lean in on immigration

Rafael Bernal, The Hill

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September 8, 2022

Republicans and Democrats have different top priorities for U.S. immigration policy

J. Baxter Oliphant & Andy Cerda, Pew Research Center

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September 5, 2022

Legal work-related immigration has fallen by a third since 2020, contributing to U.S. labor shortages

Jose Ivan Rodriguez-Sanchez, The Conversation

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August 31, 2022

Dip in immigration seen driving U.S. inflation

Jenny Manrique, The Bay State Banner

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August 31, 2022

People across the political spectrum support immigration rules to keep the food coming

Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal

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August 29, 2022

Immigrants are key to addressing America's labor shortage, lowering inflation, and growing our economy

Rebecca Shi, The Hill

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August 29, 2022

With the exception of white evangelical Protestants, majorities of most religious and demographic groups believe that immigrants strengthen the United States and support having a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children

Karen Michalka, Public Religion Research Institute

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August 23, 2022

World Education Services Announces 16 U.S. Communities Selected to Join its Skilled Immigrant Integration Program

News Release, World Education Services

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August 23, 2022

Rand Paul is Leading a Bipartisan Effort to Fix One of the Government's Worst Immigration Laws

Hannah Cox, Foundation for Economic Education

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August 10, 2922

Border Chaos and the Catch-22 of Immigration Reform

Alex Nowrasteh, CATO at Liberty blog

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Our Mission

"'Closing the Knowledge to Action Gap"

As the United States struggles to build a modern and effective immigration system, the Portal enables advocates and policy-makers to use evidence-based research to guide their work.

Our goal is to preserve and disseminate the findings of leading researchers who are seeking answers to questions critical to the future of the country.

To date, our team of volunteers has produced over 2,000 concise research summaries grouped into multiple topical collections.

These summaries, as well as links to original research, are available at the Portal website and at the website of the Public Education Institute of the Immigrant Learning Center.

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