Facts about immigrants & refugees

Scores of reports and factsheets about immigrants are published every year, mainly at the national level, but also some at the state and local levels. This page highlights key resources that we find particularly useful and cite in our own work; in the future, we expect to present a collection of MIRA-produced factsheets as well.

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Download MIRA’s factsheet, Immigrants are our Commonwealth (March 2017)


• Massachusetts immigration data profile (Migration Policy Institute, using 2015 data) 

Immigrants and the economy in Massachusetts (published online by the Partnership for a New American Economy, April 2017)

• Immigrants and the economy in the Boston Metro Area (published online by the Partnership for a New American Economy, April 2017; data also available for other metro areas and by Congressional district)

• The Importance of Immigrants to Boston’s Continued Prosperity (slides by Alvaro Lima, Director of Research, Boston Planning & Development Agency, presented at a Boston Foundation forum, April 2017)

• 20 metro areas are home to six-in-ten unauthorized immigrants in U.S. (published online by the Pew Research Center, February 2017; Boston is #11 on the list)

• Sociodemographic Portrait of Immigrant and U.S.-Born Parents of Young Children in Massachusetts (factsheet by the Migration Policy Institute, December 2016; see also national report)

• The Contributions of New Americans in Massachusetts (report by the Partnership for a New American Economy, August 2016)

• Refugee Arrivals to Massachusetts by Country of Origin (Mass. Office for Refugees & Immigrants; latest data from 2015)

National data & reports:

• The Facts on Immigration Today: 2017 Edition (report from the Center for American Progress, April 2017)

• Immigration projected to drive growth in U.S. working-age population through at least 2035 (published online by the Pew Research Center, March 2017)

• Undocumented Immigrants' State & Local Tax Contributions (report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, March 2017)

• Size of U.S. Unauthorized Immigrant Workforce Stable after the Great Recession (report by the Pew Research Center, November 2016; also see state-by-state trends)