Immigration Research and Information

With so much conflicting information about immigrants, how do you get to the truth?

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. launched the Public Education Institute in 2003 to help answer this question. We have commissioned 13 research reports on immigrants as entrepreneurs, workers and consumers, and we continue to develop fact sheets about the contributions of the foreign-born to Massachusetts.

National-level research and customizable datasheets are generated by the Institute for Immigration Research, a joint venture between The ILC and George Mason University launched in 2012.

To make sense of all the information available about immigrants and to identify the credible research from the questionable, we maintain a searchable, online library of Immigration Research and Information drawn from respected research institutions across the United States.

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR), a joint venture between The Immigrant Learning Center and George Mason University, produces interdisciplinary research on immigrants and immigration to the United States. Projects include Immigrant Nobel Prize Winners, mapping immigrant populations, surveys of high-skilled immigrant professionals, Twitter analyses of the immigration discussion and more. The IIR also offers free customized datasheets through Immigration Data on Demand.

Latest Research: Immigrant Stories from the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD Metro Areas

This web publication combines data and personal stories to provide essential information on immigrant populations in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD, metro areas. It includes 1) fact sheets about immigrants’ contributions to these areas; 2) interviews about their experiences living in the region, and 3) a statistical analysis for each immigrant group.

Immigration Data on Demand (iDod)

Immigration Data on Demand (iDod) provides information to academics, policy-makers and the public with unbiased and objective research related to immigrants and immigration in the United States. This service is provided free of charge to help individuals and institutions examine the immigrant populations of their particular geography.

Featured Research
from the Immigration Research & Information library

Undocumented immigrants contribute billions in state and local taxes

An updated report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows that undocumented immigrants pay an average of eight percent of their incomes in state and local taxes: estimated $11.74 billion each year. It finds that undocumented immigrants’ tax contributions could increase by up to $2.1 billion under comprehensive immigration reform.

Statistics show sharp multiyear decline in unauthorized border crossings

Both the undocumented population and unauthorized migration to the U.S. have fallen, according to data from the Center for Migration Studies and the Department of Homeland Security. In recent years, only one-third of undocumented residents crossed the southern border, as visa overstays surpassed border crossings for more than a decade.

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ILC-Published Research

Massachusetts

March 2012

Massachusetts Immigrants by the Numbers, Second Edition: Demographic Characteristics and Economic Footprint

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

First Edition Full Report, 2009 (PDF)

December 2005

Immigrant Homebuyers in Lawrence and Lowell, Massachusetts: Keys to the Revitalization of Cities

Full Report (PDF)

Entrepreneurship

APRIL 2013

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Creating Jobs and Strengthening the U.S. Economy in Growing Industries: Transportation, Food and Building Services
with a Regional View of Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania and a Focus on the Green Economy

Fast Facts
Full Report  (PDF)

January 2012

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy

Full Report (PDF)

November 2011

Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Memories and Influences

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

November 2010

Massachusetts Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Engines for Economic Growth, Wealth and Job Creation

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

June 2007

The Rise of Asian-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

December 2005

Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Neighborhood Revitalization: Studies of the Allston Village, East Boston and Fields Corner Neighborhoods in Boston

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

Industry Sector Studies

JUNE 2016

Immigrants in Health Care: Keeping Americans Healthy Through Care and Innovation

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

June 2007

Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the Massachusetts Biotechnology Industry

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

June 2010

Impact of Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Workers in Leisure and Hospitality Businesses: Massachusetts and New England

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

March 2009

Immigrant Workers in the Massachusetts Health Care Industry: A Report on Status and Future Prospects

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)