New Migrant Narrative by Robert McKee Irwin

"Bringing Deported Migrants Home to the US" is a new migrant narrative written by Robert Irwin which discusses the process for deported migrants to return legally to the United States. We encourage you to head over to the "Migrant Narratives" section under our Resources page to check it out!

Giovanni Peri and Reem Zaiour for the Center for American Progress

A new report by GMC Director Giovanni Peri and GMC Graduate Student Affiliate Reem Zaiour finds that four different scenarios involving a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants would lead to up to an additional $1.7 trillion dollars to the nation's GDP and the creation of up to 440 thousand jobs.

To read the article, click here.

Erin Hamilton, Paola Langer, and Caitlin Patler Publish New Research in Duke University Press' Demography Journal

A publication by GMC Affiliate Erin Hamilton, GMC Graduate Student Affiliate Paola Langer, and GMC Executive Committee member Caitlin Patler was recently featured in Duke University Press' Demography journal. They discovered that "DACA was associated with improvements in the rates of low birth weight and very low birth weight, birth weight in grams, and gestational age among Mexican immigrant mothers".

Emily Vazquez in the Latin American Literary Review

GMC Affiliate Emily Vazquez was published in the Latin American Literary Review. Her paper focuses on the important facts and implications that can be extracted from the Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli. One of the ideas which she discusses is how the Sonoran Desert has been weaponized by the United States government and is used as an instrument of border control.

To read the entire analysis, click here.

Giovanni Peri and Coauthors published in The Economic Journal

Using longitudinal data from refugees in Germany, GMC Director Giovanni Peri and coauthors Michele Battisti and Agnese Romiti found that "immigrants in districts with larger co-ethnic networks are more likely to be employed soon after arrival. This advantage fades after four years, as migrants located in places with smaller co-ethnic networks catch up due to greater human capital investments." The paper was recently published in Oxford University Press' The Economic Journal.

Giovanni Peri and Coauthor have paper published in the Journal of Labor Economics

Using Norwegian Data over several decades the paper shows that higher adaptability, the capacity to adjust to new environments and situations, and higher cognitive ability are significant predictors of the probability to migrate. Adaptability is a particularly strong migration predictor for individuals with low cognitive ability or low socioeconomic background.

To read the full publication, read here.

Caitlin Patler and Altaf Saadi Published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

This recent research investigates the role that immigrant detention centers have in spreading infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. Patler and Saadi find that of those who are detained, 42.5% had at least 1 chronic condition. This, coupled with the poor living standards of detention centers, can increase the spread and severity of COVID-19 infections. 

To learn more about the research, read the full publication here.

Caitlin Patler, Erin Hamilton, and Jo Hale get their research published in the American Behavioral Scientist Journal

The research investigates the relationship between an immigrant's legal status and their projected socioeconomic status. To explore this relationship, Patler, Hamilton, and Hale compare earnings of immigrants with DACA to those without. What they found was that recipients of DACA were expected to be in a higher socioeconomic class than non-receiving immigrants. 

To learn more about this relationship between legal and socioeconomic status, read the full research here

Research by Santiago Pérez Published in The Economic Journal

In his recent publication, Santiago Pérez contrasts the lives of Italian immigrants who moved to Argentina versus the United States during the Age of Mass Migration. He finds that Italians assimilated much faster when migrating to Argentina than they did the United States. The Italians' higher human capital relative to the Argentinians and the similarities in the languages of Italian and Spanish are the main reasons for ease of assimilation.

Research Coauthored by Giovanni Peri Published in the American Economics Review Journal

The study examined the consequences of Swiss legislation that granted European cross-broder workers free access to the Swiss labor market. As expected, they found that foreign employment increased substantially. Also, the increase in this labor supply was accompanied by an increase in labor demand, which led to higher wages for highly educated Swiss workers. 

To learn more about the findings, read the full publication here.

New Publication co-authored by Santiago Perez featured by the American Economic Association

The paper "Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants in the United States over Two Centuries", co-authored by Santiago Perez, which finds that the children of immigrants have much higher rates of upward mobility than their U.S.-born counterparts was published in the American Economic Review. The paper was also featured by the American Economic Association in their most recent Chart of the Week series.