Updated January 8, 2015
"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. In the United States, politicians are saying they are committed to reform of the U.S. immigration system. Immigration Research Links provides resources for news, legislation, statistics, organizations, and reports on immigration and are divided into:
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.
- BBC: Migration trends
Backgrounder on causes of migration, key terms, patterns of migration (historical and current).
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: History Office and Library catalog
Select "electronic resources only" in search.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): Border Patrol Overview and History
(Updated in 2011) history of the agency, with photos of chiefs
- Forced Migration: Research Resources
Region and country backgrounds on migration, archived expert guides, articles on specific topics within human displacement, and organizations.
- 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
- Homeland Security Digital Library: Immigration Resources
Data and statistics, overview of issues, government reports, hearings and testimonies, plans and strategies.
- 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
- USCIS: Glossary
U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services 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: Foreign-born population in the U.S.
- Center for Migration and Development: Data Archives
At 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 (1996-2011), Profiles on Legal Permanent Immigrants (2003-2011), Profiles on Naturalized Citizens (2003-2011), and Mapping Immigration.
- DHS: more publications with data
Annual Flow Reports, Annual Population Estimates, Apprehensions by the U.S. Border Patrol (2005-2010), Immigrant Enforcement Actions, Naturalization Rates
- Migration Policy Institute: Map of foreign-born populations in the U.S.
(2010) distribution by country of origin; see also Country and Comparative data
- OECD: Key indicators on International Migration
Some data tables extracted from subscription database; foreign and/or foreign-born population stocks and flows and foreign or foreign-born labour force.
- Pew Research Center: Immigration reports
Incldues 2013 report: "A Nation of Immigrants: A Portrait of the 40 Million, Including 11 Million Unauthorized." Related topics include immgration attitudes, immigration trends, migration, unauthorized immigration.
- UN: International Migrant Stock
(2008) See also UN's World Population Prospects (2010) http://esa.un.org/wpp/Excel-Data/migration.htm
- U.S. State Department: Visas issued
- Urban Institute: Demographics and Trends on Immigration
- World Bank: Migration and Remittances data
U.S. Laws, Legislation, and Testimony
U.S. Government Agencies and Reports
- BrowseTopics.gov: Immigration
Government directory for immigration-related agencies, functions, forms, statistics, history, and laws.
- Congressional Budget Office: publications on immigration
Effects on economy, labor force, student visas. See 2010 report: "Immigration Policy in the United States: An Update" for overview
- Department of Labor: Immigration
Includes legislation and regulation governing employment, citizenship, and nationality.
- Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
- Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports: Immigration and Visa
Organizations and Institutes
See more organizations for specific issues in the subtopic sections (Migration and Development, Migration, Education, and Integration, Forced Migration and Trafficking).
- Brookings: Immigration
- Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
"Research on international migratory movements, immigration policy, and citizenship policy"
- Center for Immigration Studies
- Immigration Policy Center
- 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”
- Migration Policy Institute
In addition to their own analysis, data, fact sheets, links to other organizations, data sources, and publications
- National Immigration Forum
- National Immigration Law Center
Information on the law, and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants.
- OECD: International Migration Policies and Data
Special studies on migration policies related to skill level, family and health, migration crisis and management, integration policies; country specific notes
- The Urban Institute: Immigrants
Includes information on trends in immigration and employment, a “children of immigrants data tool,” economics and social impacts, and recent publications on immigrants and immigration in the U.S.
Migration 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)
- Africa Migration Project
African Development Bank and World Bank joint project : "to improve our understanding of migration and remittances in Sub-Saharan Africa, including their magnitude, causes, and impacts on poverty reduction"
- Center for Migration and Development: Comparative Immigrant Entrepreneurship Project
"Survey of over 1,200 Colombian, Dominican, and Salvadoran family heads is the first to explicitly measure the extent of economic, political, and socio-cultural transnationalism among immigrants and to develop predictive models of these activities."
- Fiscal Policy Institute: Immigration Research Initiative
- 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
- The Guardian: Migration
- International Labor Organization: International Migration Branch
Part of the UN. Includes labor migration statistics, anti-discrimination policies, and good practices.
- IMF: International Transactions in Remittances - Guide for Compilers and Users
October 2009 publication is free; 2012 costs $25
- Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI)
The 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
- Migration Policy Institute: Global remittances guide
- Princeton University: Center for Migration and Development
- United Nations: International Migration
Statements, meetings (like High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development), data, publications, presentations.
- World Bank: Migration and Remittances
- World Bank blogs: People Move
Part of World Bank's KNOWMAD project: blog covers migration, remittances, and development
Migration, Integration, and Education
Forced Migration and Trafficking