The Center for Migration Research at the University of Kansas promotes, coordinates, and facilitates innovative high-quality interdisciplinary research on how human migration both shapes and is shaped by the social landscapes in which it takes place at the local, regional, national, and global levels. The Center strives to generate research-based knowledge that addresses pressing societal concerns and provides guidance for policy interventions.
Resources on Immigration
- Menjívar, Cecilia. 2017. Temporary Protected Status in the United States: The Experiences of Honduran and Salvadoran Immigrants. Center for Migration Research, The University of Kansas
- LGBTQ Immigrants and Integration,
newsletter from Immigrant Integration Lab at Boston College School of Social Work (February 2017).
- The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2016).
- Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff, American Federation of Teachers (2016).
- The Integration of Immigrants into American Society, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2015).
- Economic Impact of Immigration in Kansas City and the Bi-State Region, Dr. Donna Ginther, Pat Oslund, Jen Boden, University of Kansas (2014).
- Economic and Fiscal Contributions of International Immigrants in the State of Kansas, Dr. Peter Eaton, University of Missouri-Kansas City (2013).
- Economic and Fiscal Contributions of International Immigrants in the State of Missouri, Dr. Peter Eaton, University of Missouri-Kansas City (2013).
- Budgeting for Immigration Enforcement: A Path to Better Performance
, National Research Council of the National Academies (2011).
In The News
Racial profiling of Latino immigrants influences indigenous, non-indigenous families differently, study finds
- Fri, 7/28/2017
Immigrant detention centers referred to as family centers but resemble prisons, researchers find
- Tue, 7/11/2017
Welcoming Remarks Win Award
Chancellor’s Bernadette Gray-Little’s 2016 welcoming remarks
to the KU Center for Migration Studies’ Symposium on Race and Immigration has won an honorable mention as part of the Cicero Speechwriting Awards
, a national competition judging professional rhetoric and speeches. The 2016 symposium was the opening public event for the center.
Migration to Russia and Europe: Gender and Vulnerabilities
The KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies spring newsletter features an interview with the Center for Migration Research co-director, Victor Agadjanian. Read the interview here
Negative media portrayals drive perception of immigration policy, study finds
Negative media portrayals of Latino immigrants - as much as specific policies and laws - tend to drive the perception of immigration issues in the United States, according to a recent study by a University of Kansas professor. "We find that media have a central place in shaping the public's views of immigrants and immigration," said Cecilia Menjívar, a KU Foundation Distinguished Professor of Sociology. "Laws are critical, but media messages create conditions for policies to be created and passed and for them to be implemented. So the two work hand in hand." Read more and watch the video here
Lawrence DACA Scholarship
The Lawrence DACA Scholarship assists with education-related expenses for students who are participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Awards of $650 per semester will be made to each recipient. Application deadline is August 1, 2017. Application is available in Word
Information regarding executive order on immigration
On January 29th, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little issued a statement on the recent executive order suspending immigration from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Read the statement here
The KU Provost released this statement
announcing a campus forum on the executive order on February 1st.
Also see analysis of the executive order
by Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies (NY)
Ruben Hernandez-Leon (UCLA) and Victor Zuñiga (Tec de Monterrey) are guest editors of the special issue of Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos
(Volume 32, Number 2, Summer 2016) on Contemporary Return Migration from the United States to Mexico-Focus on Children, Youth, Schools and Families.
American Behavioral Scientist Special Issue: Measuring the Diverging Components of Race
Guest editors: Wendy D. Roth, Mary E. Campbell and Jenifer L. Bratter
American Behavioral Scientist Special Issue: Migration and Identity: Perspectives from Asia, Europe, and North America
Guest editors: Eric Fong, Maykel Verkuyten and Susanne Y. P. Choi
American Behavioral Scientist Special Issue: Citizenship, Rights, and Deservingness
Guest editors: Roberto G. Gonzales, Nando Sigona and Edelina Muñoz Burciaga