The Center for Research on International Migration focuses on policy-related research concerned with immigration and immigrant settlement, including the role that immigration plays in affecting population dynamics and the economy. Broadly speaking, the center's research involves projects on what kinds of immigrants come, what happens to them when they are here, and what effects they have on America.

In keeping with these emphases, three major lines of inquiry at the center consist of:

  • Research that seeks to develop new statistical and demographic methodologies for estimating hard-to-detect kinds and flows of migrants (e.g., studies on the numbers and kinds of unauthorized entrants, the numbers and kinds of visa overstays, and the numbers and kinds of immigrants leaving the United States);
  • Research that focuses on the implications of immigration for American society and the economy (e.g., studies on how immigration affects racial/ethnic identities; intermarriage; naturalization; immigrant housing patterns and residential locations; U.S. racial/ethnic relations; andU.S. labor markets)
  • Investigations into how rapidly and in what ways immigrant groups become integrated into American society, government, culture and the economy.

Faculty involved with the center's programs also conduct research on other aspects of immigration and immigration policy (e.g., research on comparative international migration policies juxtaposing Spain and the United States and studies on factors affecting the definition and treatment of illegal migrants in various parts of the world).


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