Institute for Immigration Research

Why study immigration?

The Survey of the DC Metro Area Immigrant Communities is an academic-based survey of all foreign-born adults ages 18 and older residing in the D.C. Metropolitan Area. This survey will uncover evidence of economic and social contributions of area immigrants and refugees and describe the commonality and diversity of the foreign-born experience. The survey will identify the following aspects of the immigrant community in the D.C. Metro Area:


  • Employment      
  • Communication                   
  • Family
  • Education           
  • Community Involvement     
  • Housing


It is estimated that over 30 million people living in the United States are immigrants. Washington D.C. is the fifth largest immigrant destination in the U.S., yet there is little research available on these residents.

Existing data collected primarily by the U.S. Census Bureau, provides a wide-ranging but shallow overview of immigrant communities. Our goal is to create a new, confidential, in-depth and original data source describing the immigrant community experience and provide community partners with data they need to better understand and serve their clients’ needs.




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