Archive | General Research

The Coalition has collected on these pages summaries of major research on immigration policy issues. All summaries contain links to the original research. Our goal in gathering this information is to create a solid foundation for policy development in the immigration field.

Study from the Bipartisan Policy Center attempts to measure the positive economic impact of legislation to clear the green card backlog that has grown to an estimated 7.6 million individuals

Using federal data, this study estimates that a total of 7.6 million individuals sit in employment- and family-based green card backlogs. Going back decades, such backlogs have grown in recent years, due to factors ranging from restrictive Trump era policies to agency understaffing to demand outstripping supply (in the case of family-based petitions). These backlogs […]

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Examining every county in the U.S. from 1850 to 1940, researchers find evidence that “surname diversity” is a strong driver of economic innovation

The results of this study support the theory that social interactions between diverse individuals were key drivers of innovation in U.S. counties from 1850 to 1940. The authors relied on surname diversity to quantify the level of diversity within specific counties and measured innovation through the number and quality of patents produced by people in […]

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Report discusses the “demographic crisis” facing the American economy caused by low birth rates and an aging population and how immigration might help ease this crisis

According to the authors of this report, the U.S. is in the midst of a “demographic crisis” due to its aging population and the economic challenges associated with such a troublesome development. The average age has been increasing each year, leading to a smaller workforce and slower economic growth. Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau […]

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Survey provides insight into the experiences and contributions of immigrant nurses in the U.S.

This report is based on a survey of more than 1,500 foreign-educated nurses who have used the credentials verification services of CGFNS International to facilitate their migration to the U.S. CGFNS International is the world’s largest credentials evaluation organization for the nursing and allied health professions. The results of this survey offer a window into the […]

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Report calls attention to the remarkable role of immigrant entrepreneurs in the artificial intelligence industry in the U.S.

Immigrants have founded or cofounded nearly two-thirds of the top AI companies in the United States, according to a new National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) analysis entitled AI and Immigrants. The author Stuart Anderson used the Forbes list of the top 50 AI companies as the main source of his analysis.  The NFAP report gives […]

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Report provides a demographic and socioeconomic profile of the 2.8 million immigrants working in the U.S. healthcare industry

This Spotlight provides a demographic and socioeconomic profile of foreign-born health-care workers residing in the U.S. (updating an earlier Migration Policy Institute report from 2020). Primary data sources are the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 American Community Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report provides data for two broad categories of workers: health-care practitioners and […]

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