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Thursday, January 18, 2018

we've moved!

We're "migrating" to CUNY Academic Commons. Please find us at our new address:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Know Your Rights resources

The New York Immigration Coalition has put out a Know Your Rights toolkit. The toolkit is available in
In addition, CUNY's Law School offers clinics to assist immigrants and non-citizens. Also take a look at CUNY CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project which offers help with legal representation and consultation.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

New MPI Data Tool with State- and County-Level DACA Data Reveals Diversity Below Topline National Numbers

A very interesting data tool from MPI. This is both a report and link to a data tool from MPI.

County-Level View of DACA Population Finds Surprising Amount of Ethnic & Enrollment Diversity

September 2014

By Sarah Hooker and Michael Fix

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary relief from deportation for certain unauthorized immigrant youth based on factors including their educational attainment or enrollment has prompted many questions from educators, other practitioners, and policymakers as they seek to better understand the population that might be eligible.

Among the questions we have fielded at the Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration since DACA's launch in 2012: "What can you tell me about the languages spoken by DACA youth in Los Angeles?" "How many children in Houston's middle and high schools might qualify for deferred action?" "What is the number of eligible Asians in Queens?"

The answer to these questions, until now, was "not much." We published national estimates of the population that could potentially qualify for DACA at the program's launch, and again at its first and second anniversaries, but did not have more granular data available at the local level. Using an innovative methodology that imputes unauthorized status to the foreign-born population using U.S. Census Bureau surveys, we have created a new web tool that offers estimates of the size of the DACA population in 41 states and 111 counties. And beyond that, we have developed in-depth profiles of the DACA-eligible in the 25 states and 36 counties with the largest such populations.

So what have we learned?

CUNY - DREAMer scholarships available

Although the deadline has passed, it's worthwhile noting that this exists and to keep an eye out for it next year.

CUNY is pleased to announce an important partnership with TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for DREAMers across the nation.  DREAMers who are first-time college students or community college graduates at CUNY  and who have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or TPS (Temporary Protected Status) approval could be eligible for college scholarships of up to $25,000 to help cover tuition for two-year or four-year degrees. 


Help us to spread the word about this incredible opportunity for DREAMers who, without financial aid, might not be able to afford a college education.  If students whom you serve meet the scholarship's eligibility criteria and are currently enrolled at CUNY or intend to enroll at CUNY by the fall of 2015, please encourage them to apply. 


The scholarship application deadline is October 26, 2014.  CUNY will be a leading partner to TheDream.US and appreciates your role in building our University-wide community of DREAMer Scholars.


For more information about the scholarship and how to apply, please visit

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Look Back at the IWG's Immigration Conference

Clockwise from top left: delicious Korean spread for lunch; Professor Attewell asks a question; Jonas Wiedner looks on; Bernadette Ludwig presents her work on the Liberian community in Staten Island.
Clockwise from left: Some of the reception offerings; Jonas Wiedner presents his work on immigrants and the labor market; Conference co-coordinator Zach Shultz talks of recent happenings; Professor Alba discusses papers on changes in the education of immigrants.

Our March 28 conference, "New Directions in Immigration," featured panels on race & ethnicity, education, law & governance, work, and identity. Please see the program below for more information on our panelists and discussants.
Clockwise from left: Tommy Wu, Professor Alba, Professor Foner, and Professor Chin at the start of the work panel; Stephen Ruszczyk presents his work on the governance of NYC undocumented youth; Abigail Kolker presents her research on undocumented care workers in Israel; and Hyein Lee discusses ethnic minorities. 

Clockwise from upper left: Conference co-coordinators Abigail Kolker (l), Elisabeth Brodbeck (second from left), and Zach Shultz (r) enjoying the reception with Siqi Tu; Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi presents her research on Islamic religious instruction in German schools; the audience of an afternoon panel; Abigail Kolker, Geoffrey Levin, and Marlene Ramos look on as Stephen Ruszczyk presents; Gowoon Jung discusses her work on transnational Korean students; and Geoffrey Levin presents emigration from the Soviet Union.  

From left: The audience from an early panel; Joanna Yip presents her findings on Fujianese students in New York; the reception.
Many thanks to our sponsors: the Graduate Center Sociology Students' Association, the Center for Latin America, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, the Doctoral Students' Council, the Center for Urban Research, and the Graduate Center Sociology Department!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Call for Papers: New Directions in Immigration: Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives, a Graduate Student Conference

The Immigration Working Group
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Date: Friday, March 28, 2014

Deadline to Submit: Friday, February 28, 2014

A year after a group of US Senators introduced an immigration reform bill in Congress—the largest of its kind proposed in nearly two decades—the promise of reform remains unfulfilled. Nevertheless, migrants continue to leave their home countries for the US to make meaningful contributions in their new communities, while the US immigration system proceeds to separate families through the deportation process at increasing rates. The Immigration Working Group (IWG) invites papers from across disciplines that elucidate the multifaceted nature of immigration in its upcoming conference. This conference also aims to celebrate the research of recent graduates and IWG members.

Title: New Directions in Immigration: Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives
Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Place: CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Panel 1: Migration and Integration: The Local Context and Beyond-- exploring the factors that motivate migration and integration across boundaries of all kinds
We invite papers exploring the following issues:
    * Motivation and forces behind the migration process
    * Inter-state migration in the United States
    * Citizenship, transnationalism and boundaries between nation-states

Panel 2: State Responses to Immigration -exploring how governments here and abroad respond to immigrants in way that promote or hinder their social, economic and political incorporation.
We invite papers exploring the following issues:
    * Multiculturalism
    * Immigration reform
    * History of different state policies towards immigration

Panel 3: Immigrant Ingenuity in Integration: exploring how immigrants and their children have adapted to their environments by utilizing educational, cultural, and/or economic institutions to improve their lives while contributing to their communities.
We invite papers exploring the following issues:
    * Influence of immigrants and their children’s presence in schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and other social contexts
    * Assimilation and integration of immigrants and second generation immigrants  

We welcome the submission of papers dealing with other immigration-related topics as well and encourage graduate students or recent graduates from all fields and disciplines to participate.

Submissions: If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words by February 28, 2014 to the IWG using the submission form found here. All applicants will be notified of a submission decision by March 7, 2014.

For more information, please contact the Immigration Working Group at

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Politics, Belonging, and Research

An well-written piece from the NY Times:

Britain's Poles Are Paying Their Way
LONDON — “You are not from here,” I heard during a recent visit to my hometown, Wroclaw, in Poland, while I was out for a drink one evening with friends. “What do you mean? I was born here,” I said, surprised. 
“You speak Polish,” said my interlocutor, thoughtfully, “but there’s something strange about you, something different.” 
It left me wondering if I was in danger of becoming an immigrant in my own country. Or even whether I would discover — back home in London — that I wasn’t really Polish anymore.
For migrants everywhere, the question of belonging is often fraught, sometimes vexing. Like many Poles, I am dismayed by recent remarks about immigration from Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron. Britain’s membership in the European Union meant that restrictions on the free movement of workers from the newer member states Bulgaria and Romania were lifted on Jan. 1. In response, Mr. Cameron introduced a series of measures — with rhetoric to match — aimed at discouraging a fresh round of immigration.