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 Immigration Research Library drawn from respected research institutions across the United States.

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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.

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Latest Research: Immigrant Baseball Players in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game

This article analyzes the impact that foreign-born players have had on the MLB All-Star Game and professional baseball in general. The authors make a compelling case for betting on the team that plays the greatest percentage of foreign-born players.

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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 Library

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Change is Hard: Managing Fear and Anxiety about Demographic Change and Immigration in Polarized Times

Anxieties about demographic change, immigration and American identity can power the rise of authoritarian populists and ethnonationalists. This research brief from Welcoming America analyzes key research on this issue and proposes strategies for charting an inclusive path forward.

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Putting Americans First: A Statistical Case for Encouraging Rather than Impeding and Devaluing US Citizenship

The well-being of immigrants and their contributions to the United States increase as they advance to more permanent and secure immigration statuses. According to this report from the Center for Migration Studies, policy makers should encourage rather than impede naturalization.


Publications and Research


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October 2019

Working Together: How Community Colleges and Their Partners Help Immigrants Succeed

Published by Rowman & Littlefield and the American Association of Community Colleges

This book showcases exemplary initiatives of community colleges and their partners to integrate immigrant and refugee students, and the ways these students enrich campus life, strengthen communities and benefit the economy. The chapter Reflective Narrative: How Community Colleges can Reframe the Immigration Narrative was written by The ILC Public Education Institute Director Denzil Mohammed.

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January 2013

Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts

Published by George Mason University Press

Edited by The ILC founder and CEO Diane Portnoy, Barry Portnoy and Charlie Riggs, Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts chronicles the experience of 11 immigrant groups in the U.S. written by 11 experts in their respective fields.


Massachusetts Immigrants by the Numbers, Second Edition

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)

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December 2005

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

Full Report (PDF)


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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)

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January 2012

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy

Full Report (PDF)

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November 2011

Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Memories and Influences

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

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November 2010

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

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

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June 2007

The Rise of Asian-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

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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

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JUNE 2016

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

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the Massachusetts Biotechnology Industry

June 2007

Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the Massachusetts Biotechnology Industry

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

Impact of Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Workers in Leisure and Hospitality Businesses

June 2010

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

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

Immigrant Workers in the Massachusetts Health Care Industry

March 2009

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

Fast Facts

Full Report (PDF)

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