News

Immigration Facts

February 24, 2020
A crucial impediment to constructive debate and discussion about immigration is the severe lack of knowledge about and acknowledgement of the facts, numbers and trends related to immigration. Many either do not know the facts about immigration, or choose to ignore the relevant numbers and trends. Our new series, Immigration Facts, aims to shine a light on one simple quantitative statistic in each installment, presenting it cleanly with quality data sources to back it up.

Robert Irwin and Lizbeth De La Cruz featured in KPBS' Only Here Podcast

February 19, 2020

Humanizing Deportation and the Playas de Tijuana Mural Project, respectively run by Global Migration Center staff member Robert Irwin and Graduate Student Affiliate Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana are both being featured in this week's episode of "Only Here", a podcast run by San Diego's KPBS focusing on stories from the US-Mexican border.

Listen here. 

Giovanni Peri's Research on Immigration and Wages Featured in The Economist

February 13, 2020

In both 2018 and 2019 nominal wages rose by more than 3%, the fastest growth since before the recession a decade ago. Americans at the bottom of the labour market are doing especially well. In the past year the wages of those without a high-school diploma have risen by nearly 10%. Intriguingly, this has come as America has turned considerably less friendly to immigrants, who are assumed by many to steal jobs from natives and lower the wages of less-educated folk. The two phenomena may be connected—but only for a while.

Robert Irwin's article "Thickening Borders Across Mexico: Follow-Up Stories From The Caravan” Featured in Latinx Talk

February 04, 2020

The departure of a large caravan of Central American migrants from Honduras, whose journey into and through Mexico received constant and often sensationalized global media coverage and generated often hostile political rhetoric in both the US and Mexico, has turned out to represent a transformative juncture in the dynamics of migration in North America.

Santiago Perez's Publication "Income Mobility in the Families of Immigrants and US Natives" Recently Featured in NBER Digest

February 01, 2020
Analyzing waves of immigrants to the United States between 1880 and 2015, Ran Abramitzky, Leah Platt Boustan, Elisa Jácome, and Santiago Pérez find that sons of first-generation immigrants have greater upward income mobility rates than sons of US-born parents. This mobility gap is observed throughout more than 100 years of data and does not vary significantly over time, despite extreme changes in the immigrants' countries of origin and in US immigration policies.

Caitin Patler's Commentary on ICE Detention Featured in Knowable Magazine

January 24, 2020
“Tens of thousands of people are held for three to six months or longer, sometimes years at a time,” says Caitlin Patler, a sociologist at the University of California, Davis. “The size and scope of the detention program and the way it has grown since the 1970s is staggering, but we know very little about the impact on immigrants.”