Although immigrant admissions policy is the purview of the federal government, localities and states are critical players in understanding the policy context for immigrant residents. States and localities play crucial roles in issues of immigration enforcement, access to and use of public services, and integration. Urban researchers offer expertise in immigration and integration policies and practices at local, state, and federal levels.
The Urban Institute is currently fielding the Annual Survey of Refugees for the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement and leading an effort to assess and redesign the survey while convening stakeholders to set a policy research agenda on refugee self-sufficiency and integration in the United States. The collection of evidence to inform debates on refugees and other immigrants in the U.S. is critical.
Together, immigrants and their children make up one-quarter of the U.S. population, with much higher concentration in many cities and suburbs across the country. Urban Institute researchers bring in-depth expertise on wellbeing and public services to explore the experiences of families and children across these diverse communities, by lifting up key demographic data, exploring how public services can reach those who need them, and understanding the multigenerational integration of immigrant families.
Immigrants make up 13 percent of the U.S. population but they are 16 percent of the workforce, and are concentrated in occupations and industries at the high-, middle-, and low-skilled levels. Urban scholars offer expertise in the economic and fiscal impact of immigration, the immigrant workforce, and how to support more effective training and upskilling of this population.