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IIR's Immigrant Stories Project Adds Afghanistan!

IIR's Immigrant Stories Project Adds Afghanistan!

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) is proud to announce that The Immigrant Stories Project has added Afghanistan. We now have six countries of origin. The Immigrant Stories webpage now includes a new fact sheet and analysis of immigrants from Afghanistan living in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metro areas. The Afghan story also includes an interview with Nasreen, a refugee from Afghanistan and George Mason University graduate. She came to the United States following the Russian invasion in the late 1970s and arrived in California when she was 18 years old. Now she lives in the DC metro area and has written a book about her life.

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U.S. to Admit Fewest Refugees Since 1980

U.S. to Admit Fewest Refugees Since 1980

A new article from the IIR discusses U.S. refugee admissions. On November 1, 2019, the Trump administration released the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for FY 2020 when the United States will admit up to 18,000 refugees – marking a historic low and threatening to further shrink the refugee resettlement program. In the first month of FY 2019, the U.S. received zero refugees, which had never happened in the thirty years that the resettlement program has existed.

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Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border in 2019

Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border in 2019

What is life like along the southern border in today's political climate? Professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera went to the border to find out. Hear the border expert discuss her travels along the border on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd.

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Immigrant Stories Project Adds Pakistan

Immigrant Stories Project Adds Pakistan

The Immigrant Stories Project includes information about immigrants from Pakistan living in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metro areas. In addition to a fact sheet and analysis, there is also a new inspirational interview with a Pakistani immigrant.

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October 21 Event: Building a Better Immigration System - How to Attract the World's Best and Brightest

October 21 Event: Building a Better Immigration System - How to Attract the World's Best and Brightest

There is global competition for highly skilled workers, and countries have shaped their immigration systems to attract the best and brightest. How have other countries shaped their immigration systems? Our panel of experts will discuss the international search for the world's most skilled workers. Speakers include Julia Gelatt of the Migration Policy Institute, David Bier of the Cato Institute, and Justin Gest of George Mason's Schar School of Policy and Government.

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New IIR Report: The Experiences of Migrant Women and Human Smuggling

New IIR Report: The Experiences of Migrant Women and Human Smuggling

The news is filled with accounts of women and children from Central America arriving at the U.S. border and seeking asylum. While we are learning a great deal about their struggles once they arrive at the southern border, far less is known about their journey from Central America to the United States. Government statistics show that many women are migrating with their children, and the number of families apprehended at the border has increased in recent years. Many of these women rely on human smugglers to transport them and their children across Mexico to the U.S. border. This report reveals the reality of human smuggling from the perspective of migrant women from Central America. Their testimony and experiences can teach us about the trauma they face during migration and how it continues to impact them when they arrive in the United States.

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The Streak(s) Continue:  Immigrant Players Bring Baseball Victories

The Streak(s) Continue: Immigrant Players Bring Baseball Victories

With its 4-3 victory, the American League continues its recent dominance of the All Star Game, but despite the greater number of foreign born players on the National League roster, it was actually the American League team that played the greatest number of immigrant All-Stars, nine to the National League’s eight.

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World Refugee Day 2019

World Refugee Day 2019

World Refugee Day is June 20th. Here are some quick facts about refugee admissions in the United States this year. The refugee ceiling is set at 30,000 for Fiscal Year 2019. Thus far into the fiscal year, the US has admitted 18,051 refugees, or 60 percent of the total allowable. It is likely that the US will not admit all 30,000 refugees this year.

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The Immigrant Stories Project

The Immigrant Stories Project

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) is proud to announce our latest achievement – the Immigrant Stories Project. This web publication aims to provide essential information regarding immigrant populations in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland metro areas by combining data and personal stories. Currently, the page includes stories and data on immigrants from Korea, India, and Bolivia. Additional countries of origin will be included in the future.

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IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

While immigrants comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 11 percent of all teachers. This paper and infographic provide a statistical and demographic portrait of immigrant teachers in the United States and highlight differences between native- and foreign-born teachers as well as between postsecondary and non-postsecondary teachers.

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IIR Submits Comments on Proposed Public Charge Rule

IIR Submits Comments on Proposed Public Charge Rule

The proposed rule will not only negatively affect the everyday lives of immigrants, but also the lives of U.S. citizens and their families. These are families who wish to remain permanently in the United States as future workers, tax payers, and homeowners. We should be investing in their futures so that they can become productive members of society, not denying them access to services they need in challenging times.

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Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the 2018 Midterm Elections Wednesday, November 28, 2018 5-7pm Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, 3rd Floor The results of the 2018 midterm elections are in, and there will likely be important consequences for immigration policy. Come hear expert panelists and policymakers discuss their predictions for immigration in 2019 and beyond.

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Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Immigrants in our communities thrive when they are given the opportunity to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. In this free webinar, learn what local leaders can do to include immigrants' interests, safeguard their families, and ensure they can contribute to their fullest potential.

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IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

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IIR Responds to Report on Highly Skilled Workers

IIR Responds to Report on Highly Skilled Workers

As part of its mission to inform and refocus the immigration conversation among academics, policymakers, and the public, IIR Director Dr. James Witte analyzed a recent report by the Center for Immigration Studies and found significant flaws.

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Shannon Davis receives mentoring award from SSSP

Shannon Davis receives mentoring award from SSSP

Sociology professor Shannon Davis has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award by the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Photo: Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

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Immigration Reform Power Tweeters: Part 2 In The Media

Immigration Reform Power Tweeters: Part 2

In Part 1, we revealed that our analysis had uncovered five clusters of power tweeters (see Figure 1): (1) Mainstream, (2) Reformers, (3) Progressive Media, (4) Institutional Conservatives, and (5) the Tea Party. In this article, we’ll delve further into our data to look at the similarities and differences between these groups, and present several additional findings.

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Immigration Reform Power Tweeters: Part 1 In The Media

Immigration Reform Power Tweeters: Part 1

Beginning in February 2013, researchers at the Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) at George Mason University began tracking the national immigration reform conversation on Twitter. Our view: Twitter would be one of several social media venues where the evolving immigration reform debate could be tracked and analyzed. Since then, using DiscoverText and NodeXL, two different data mining applications, we’ve collected nearly 3 million tweets containing the word “immigration.”

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Celebrating New American Voices

Celebrating New American Voices

The New American Voices Award highlights the recently published works of literary fiction or creative non-fiction from immigrant writers. It will be awarded for the first time at next year's Fall for the Book festival.

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New Americans Rebuilding Houston

New Americans Rebuilding Houston

We know Houston is struggling to get back on its feet after Hurricane Harvey. It is a particularly tough time for its immigrant population, who make up approximately 23 percent of the population in the Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Area.

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Provost Announces Changes in the Dean's Office

Provost Announces Changes in the Dean's Office

Dean Deborah Boehm-Davis has stepped down from the management of the college for a position in the private sector. While the university searches for her successor, Interim Dean Robert Matz and Interim Senior Associate Dean Shannon Davis offer experience and leadership.

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Introducing Metro Areas by the Numbers

Introducing Metro Areas by the Numbers

The Institute for Immigration Research's Metro Areas by the Numbers project has just released its first report on how immigrants have changed the face of Boston since the 1970s. This project is an effort to show the impact of immigration over the last generation, city by city.

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NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) hosted Tom Gjelten, correspondent for National Public Radio and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, at the April colloquium. Mr. Gjelten shared his insights on how the landscape of America has changed over the past fifty years with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, as told through the experiences of families in one suburban county in Virginia.

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Coming Soon: Immigration Data on Demand

Coming Soon: Immigration Data on Demand

Coming soon, the Institute for Immigration Research will be unveiling its latest research development: the Immigration Data on Demand (iDod) service. By meeting the needs of academics, policy-makers and the public with unbiased and objective research related to immigrants and immigration in the United States, the IIR will provide data to help individuals and institutions examine the immigrant populations of their geography.

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Upcoming IIR Colloquium Series

Upcoming IIR Colloquium Series

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) hosts a colloquium series bringing together researchers, academics, and policy-makers to share their work related to immigration with George Mason University's faculty, staff, students, and the public. Through this series, we aim to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas relating to U.S. immigration policy.

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Introducing the IIR Blog Centreville Labor Series

Introducing the IIR Blog Centreville Labor Series

We are proud to announce George Mason University's Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) Blog on the Centreville Labor Study Series. This is an eight part series where researchers from the IIR have been taking an in-depth look into a segment of Fairfax County society that is often overlooked: immigrant day laborers.

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OAA and George Mason University’s Institute for Immigration (IIR) Collaborate on Research about the District’s African Immigrants

OAA and George Mason University’s Institute for Immigration (IIR) Collaborate on Research about the District’s African Immigrants

(Washington) – On May 25, 2015, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (OAA) and the George Mason University’s Institute for Immigration Research (IIR), agreed to collaborate on compiling a survey research project focused on the African immigrant population in DC. This agreement was issued on Africa Day 2015 and marks a significant step forward in documenting demographic details such as age, employment, and education as well as linguistic and cultural diversity among African-born constituents in the District.

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Foreign-Born Contributions to the Media & Entertainment Industry

Foreign-Born Contributions to the Media & Entertainment Industry

The Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry in the United States is a major contributor to the national economy. This fact sheet explores foreign-born contributions to M&E in terms of film production, broadcasting, sound recording, sports & performance arts using data from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey.

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Immigrants in STEM Careers: An Analysis by Sex

Immigrants in STEM Careers: An Analysis by Sex

Occupations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields have become increasingly important in today’s knowledge-based economy, with 5.6 million workers collectively earning $386 billion in 2012. This fact sheet contributes to the ongoing discussion of foreign-born participation in 42 STEM occupations* by exploring the influence of gender on STEM careers in a national sample.

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Immigrant Impact on the American Pharmaceutical Industry

Immigrant Impact on the American Pharmaceutical Industry

The Institute for Immigration reform has released an analysis of the extent to which the United States pharmaceutical industry relies on immigrant labor. The study looked at jobs at all levels, and has some meaningful findings for the continued competitiveness of the industry.

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Survey of the D.C. Metropolitan Area Immigrant Communities

Survey of the D.C. Metropolitan Area Immigrant Communities

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 experience.

IIR Spotlight on Immigration Summer Series

IIR Spotlight on Immigration Summer Series

Set on a monthly schedule starting in June and ending in August of 2014, the series will host a variety of events from movie showings to student/community-centered presentations on the issues at hand.

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In the News: While Congress Stalls, States Lead Immigration Reform

In the News: While Congress Stalls, States Lead Immigration Reform

Lack of faith in the Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform has caused groups to lobby for smaller pieces of legislation (i.e. visa reform, changes in deportation policy). Congress inaction has also pushed states and local governments to create their own solutions for the broken immigration system.

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IIR Release State Profile Fact Sheets 2013 Headlines

IIR Release State Profile Fact Sheets 2013

The State Profile Fact Sheets are demographic data, economic data, and tax data on immigrant communities. We believe that these data will demonstrate how important immigrants are to the social and economic landscape of the US.

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Analyzing Property Values in Suburbs of Immigrant Gateways

Analyzing Property Values in Suburbs of Immigrant Gateways

IIR Colloquium Series Presents: Dr. Katrin Anacker, Assistant Professor at GMU's School of Public Policy. On November 20, 2013, Dr. Anacker gave a presentation titled "Analyzing Property Values in Suburbs of Immigrant Gateways," discussing immigrant gateways as delineated by Singer (2008).

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Still an Hourglass? Immigrant Workers in the U.S. Economy Video

Still an Hourglass? Immigrant Workers in the U.S. Economy Video

On October 23, 2013, the Institute for Immigration Research [IIR] hosted Randy Capps, Senior Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute. Dr. Capps, gave a presentation titled " Still an Hourglass? Immigrant Workers in the U.S. Economy" discussing immigrants in the U.S. workforce, especially those employed in middle-skilled jobs, and the changes in skill levels of immigrant workers since the recession.

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PBS Interview with IIR Director Dr. Jim Witte

PBS Interview with IIR Director Dr. Jim Witte

Public Broadcasting Service [PBS] television network, interview with IIR Director Dr. Jim Witte. Discussion centered on how attitudes, demographic makeup, and laws toward immigration changed over the years. We will post the recorded interview soon!

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IIR Featured in the Washington Times In The Media

IIR Featured in the Washington Times

According to statistics compiled by Forbes magazine researcher Jon Bruner and George Mason University's Institute for Immigration Research, the 2013 results confirm the status of the U.S. as the world’s dominant magnet for scientific and technical talent.

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Top Experts to Discuss Economics of Immigration Reform

Top Experts to Discuss Economics of Immigration Reform

The Institute for Immigration Research will host an event titled, “Economics of Immigration Reform,” a panel discussion that takes place Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 8 a.m. in Founders Hall, located on Mason’s Arlington campus. Audrey Singer, Ali Noorani, Dolly Oberoi, Ryan Spiegel, Congressman Joe Garcia, and Don Heflin are the panelists.

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Open For Business: The Contribution Of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Open For Business: The Contribution Of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

IIR Executive Director, Safiya Khalid, and IIR's Research Fellow Jessica Emami,gave a presentation titled "Open For Business: The Contribution of Immigrant Entrepreneurs To Local Economies, The Northern Virginia Example," at the Ethiopian Community Development Council [ECDC] Conference.

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The IIR Blog: Examining Perceptions and Building Bridges

The IIR Blog: Examining Perceptions and Building Bridges

Behind all the research we conduct, there is a story to share in which we detail the lives and experiences of immigrants who come to the US in search a better life, also provide significant contributions to the United States economy. To better understand the "human element" of immigrant research, we encourage you to visit our blog.

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Obama and Romney Supporters Deeply Divided Despite Close Virginia Race

Obama and Romney Supporters Deeply Divided Despite Close Virginia Race

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are in a virtual tie among likely voters in the key swing state of Virginia, according to a new survey conducted by the University of Virginia and George Mason University. Similarly, the Virginia Senate race between George Allen and Tim Kaine is too close to call.

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American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and ...immigrants

American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and ...immigrants

On opening night of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, ESPN introduced a series of new commercials reviving General Motors mid-1970s "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet" advertising campaign. Going into the 2012 MLB All-Star Game this month, another slogan came to mind: "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Immigrants."

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