Updated March 17, 2016
"Flows of migrants and refugees influence and change the social, economic and political dynamics of their destinations--and the places they have left behind," writes the Inter Press Service on human migration. Immigration Research Links provides resources for news, legislation, statistics, organizations, and reports on immigration. Immigration Research Links provides resources for news, legislation, statistics, organizations, and reports on immigration and are divided into:
- History, Background, and Research Guides
- Data, Polls, and Surveys
- U.S. Laws, Legislation, and Testimony
- U.S. Government Agencies and Reports
- Organizations and Institutes
- Migration and Development
- Migration, Education, and Integration
- Forced Migration, Refugees, and Trafficking
See more news sources for specific issues in the subtopic sections (Migration and Development, Migration, Education, and Integration, Forced Migration and Trafficking).
History, Background, and Research Guides
Resources included here include timelines, trends, comprehensive research guides, glossaries.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: History Office and Library
“History and the implementation of federal government immigration policy from 1891”
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants: Explore the Issues
Background information on refugees, includes infographics with definitions and data points and individual profiles
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): Border Patrol Overview and History
History of the agency
- Global Migration Group
Publications, policy briefs, fact sheets, and more for topics like migration and the economic crisis, migration and human rights, migration and climate change, forced migration
- Harvard University: Immigration to the U.S. Timeline, 1789-1930
- International Organization for Migration: About Migration
Facts and figures, key terms, law database, and UN documents
- Library of Congress: Teaching Resources on Immigration
Maps, photographs, and digital exhibitions, suggested search terms
- Migration Policy Institute: Historical Immigration Trends
- U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS): Glossary
- U.S. State Department: Glossary of Visa Terms
Data, Polls, and Surveys
This section includes: flow of people, population and demography, enforcement, visas. For specific data related to remittances, naturalizations, or refugees, see subtopic sections (Migration and Development, Migration, Education, and Integration, Forced Migration and Trafficking).
- Migration Policy Institute: Guide to Migration Data Sources
Pocket guide which compiles some of the most credible, accessible, and user-friendly government and non-governmental immigration-related data sources
- U.S. Census Bureau: Foreign-born Population in the United States
- Center for Migration and Development: Data Archives
From Princeton University: data sets by country or region of origin (Mexico, Cuba, Haiti; Latin America) and other factors
- CRS Report for Congress: U.S. Immigration Policy - Chart Book of Key Trends
(December 17, 2014)
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Stats and Summaries
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Data and Statistics
Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (1996-2013), Profiles on Legal Permanent Immigrants (2004-2013), Profiles on Naturalized Citizens (2003-2012), and Mapping Immigration
- Frontex: Migratory Trends and Routes
Map of paths into the EU
- Migration Policy Institute: Map of Foreign-Born Populations in the U.S.
(2013) distribution by country of origin; see also Country and Comparative data
- Pew Research Center: Immigration reports
Reports for 2016, immigration articles on attitudes, immigration trends, migration, unauthorized immigration
- U.S. State Department: Visas issued
- TRAC's Immigration Project
Checks government immigration data for accuracy and completeness and explains data sets on criminal enforcement of immigration law; includes reports on asylum matters and collections reports by the GAO, CRS and inspectors general.
- UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs: International Migration
Monitoring global migration trends
- Urban Institute: Demographics and Trends on Immigration
- VU University (Amsterdam): Human Costs of Border Control
(1/1990 to 12/2013) "first collection of official, state-produced evidence on people who died while attempting to reach southern EU countries from the Balkans, the Middle East, and North & West Africa, and whose bodies were found in Europe
- World Bank Data: Net migration
(1982-2012) net total of migrants during the period, that is, the total number of immigrants less the annual number of emigrants, including both citizens and noncitizens.
U.S. Laws, Legislation, and Testimony
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Laws
"Information on laws, regulations and interpretations controlling immigration and the work of the immigration-related components of the Department of Homeland Security"
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: "Immigration and Nationality Act"
(Updated through February 2013) Public Law No. 82-414, established in 1952, "collected and codified many existing provisions and reorganized the structure of immigration law"
- U.S. Department of Justice: Executive Office for Immigration Review
News, statistics and publications, virtual law library
- GovTrack: Bills on Immigration
- Law Library of Congress: Hearings on Immigration
Timeline of hearings related to immigration from 1923-2006, with PDFs
- Law Library of Congress: Citizenship Pathways and Border Protection
(July 2015) "describes the different legal approaches to immigration, citizenship, and border control taken by Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom."
- U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security
- Migration Policy Institute: Immigration Policy & Law
Immigration legislative and administrative policies, legal statutes and court decisions, and regulations
U.S. Government Agencies and Reports
Organizations and Institutes
See more organizations for specific issues in the subtopic sections (Migration and Development, Migration, Education, and Integration, Forced Migration and Trafficking).
Migration, Globalization, and Development
Includes information migrant workers, economics development, data and publication related to remittances.
- African Development Bank: Migration and Development Initiative
- African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC)
- Global Forum on Migration and Development
Topics covered in conventions include: civil society, development planning, diaspora, education, gender, family, and children, irregular migration, labor, health, root causes, human rights
- International Labor Organization (ILO): International Migration Branch
Part of the UN. Includes labor migration statistics, anti-discrimination policies, and good practices
- Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI)
JMDI reflects the growing interest in the strong links between Migration and Development (M&D) and aims to support M&D actors to effectively harness the potential of migration for development
- Knowledge Partnership for Migration and Development (KNOMAD)
World Bank effort to bring together immigration experts from around the world to advance the state of knowledge on migration issues
- Oxford: International Migration Institute
"Analyses migration as an intrinsic part of broader global transformation processes rather than a problem to be solved"
Migration, Integration, and Education
- American Immigration Council
"To shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration." Compares various immigration policies and data and Includes background research on visa types and special reports on immigration to the United States
- The DREAM Act
"Qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a 6 year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service"
- European Commission: Integration Resources
Data, publications, country-specific cases
- European Programme for Integration and Migration
Foundations with the goal of strengthening the role played by civil society in advocating for constructive approaches to migrants in Europe
- International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE): Links
Studies the causes and nature of migration, managing migration flows, and how to maintain social cohesion. In addition to research by the organization, extensive list of links to "related projects and networks"
- Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX)
(2004-2014) interactive datasets that measure integration policies in all European Union Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States
Project by UN Alliance of Civilians and International Organization for Migration; video competition and discussion group for 25 year old and younger, on the themes of migration, diversity and social inclusion
- Tilburg University: Database Labor Migration
EU-focused database of scientific publications and policy and advisory reports on cross-border labor migration over the last twenty years
Forced Migration, Refugees, and Trafficking
- European Commission: Migration and Home Affairs
Includes information on migration and asylum, and internal security-related issues, such as organised crime, human trafficking and terrorism.
- European Commission: MICRON - Migration, Displacement, and Refugees
(2007-2011) "to analyse displacement processes resulting from violent conflicts in regions of origin, and to examine the societal position of refugees and migrants from conflict regions in the EU"
- Forced Migration Review
Global analysis of the causes and impacts of displacement; debate policies and programs; share research findings; reflect the lived experience of displacement; and present examples of good practice and recommendations for policy and
- ILO: Forced Labour, Human Trafficking, and Slavery
- Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
Monitors and analyzes "internal displacement caused by conflict, generalised violence, human rights violations and natural hazard-induced disasters"
- UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR): The refugee story in data and statistics
See also UNHCR's Refworld for policy recommendations and MapWorld for recent maps showing migration patterns
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Refugees & Asylum
- Oxford: Refugee Studies Centre
"To build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration in order to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people"
- Refugees, Deeply
Newsletter, special reports, legal instruments, map, and timeline, "to understand the complex web of geopolitical, human rights, environmental, legal and other factors"
- Refugees International: Reports
On the ground reporting to highlight experiences of refugees and recommend policy for UN, international donors, and countries receiving refugees. See also blogs
Network for refugees to find family members