Think Tanks and Research Institutions

Brookings Institute, Social Policy, Immigration*Immigration
The Brookings Institute is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank devoted to independent research and policy solutions. Scholars at the institute write for policy-makers, the media, and academics.  Within its “Social Policy” area, the Institute has a number of publications, links to Op-eds and speech transcripts on immigration by those affiliated with Brookings.

CATO Unbound
Provides excellent articles on Mexican immigrations by leading scholars (e.g., Massey) and writers (e.g., Rodriguez) in this country.

Center for Immigration Studies
The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization founded in 1985. The Center provides publications, reports, statistical information, and research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States. CIS also operates two free e-mail information services (listservs) on immigration news (CISNEWS). There are usually two long postings each business day, one for U.S. news and the other for overseas news, plus occasional messages listing new publications or upcoming events from around the world.

Center for Migration Studies, New York

Immigration Policy Center
The Immigration Policy Center in Washington, D.C. is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to research on immigration law and policy. IPC studies analyze the economic, demographic and social impacts of immigration on the United States. In addition, the IPC serves as a resource on immigration law and policy for Congress and other immigration policy makers as well as for the media.

International Labour Organization

International Organization for Migration

Migration Policy Institute
A private, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington, DC.  MPI runs the “Migration Information Source” ( which offers some excellent, short policy overview papers (e.g., on current immigration bills in Congress), overviews of immigration policies around the world, and they have an international "data center" that carries immigration, refugee and citizenship stats from a variety of countries in an easy-to-use format.  Their U.S. data center has profiles of large (and some small) immigrant groups in the U.S., including maps of settlement.  Most of the data are national and international (comparative), but it is site worth exploring since it is user-friendly and has excellent data.

Pew Hispanic Center
Founded in 2001, the Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Although the center’s primary focus is on the Latino population, its research and surveys often also include some information on other groups.  The website has reports about demography, economics, education, identity, attitudes (of Latinos, and of non-Latinos towards Latinos), immigration, labor, politics, and remittances. 

Public Policy Institute of California
A private, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank in San Francisco that does research on population, economy, and governance and public finance in California.  PPIC does not have publicly available raw data, but researchers at PPIC regularly publish reports and working papers on migrants in California, including on the undocumented, naturalization and educational achievement.

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Urban Institute, Immigration Studies Program
The Immigration Studies Program addresses many of the critical issues that surround the integration of newcomers. For instance, immigrants are increasingly dispersed across the United States, settling in smaller cities, towns and rural areas. Immigrant populations are growing especially rapidly in Southeastern, Midwestern, and interior Western states, many of which have little experience in incorporating newcomers. How these states and communities deal with the challenges involved in integrating these new populations is one central area of our research.

Immigration Workshop - Berkeley, CA 94720