Immigrants and Emigrants


Countries throughout the world are affected by the influx of immigrants and the outflow of emigrants. RAND research examines a wide variety of issues relating to these populations, including migrant labor; the demands that immigrants place on transportation, education, and other public services; and growing intolerance to immigration within Western countries.

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    Restoring Asylum Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

    Jun 25, 2018

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded asylum protections earlier this month for victims of domestic violence. The decision and the supporting analysis goes against decades of research on violence against women. Congress could reverse the decision by amending the asylum law.

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    Neither Deportation nor Amnesty: An Alternative for the Immigration Debate

    Feb 26, 2018

    About 11 million people live in the United States without lawful immigration status. Proposed solutions typically focus on deportation versus amnesty, but a minor change to the current immigration law could offer a compromise.

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    Douglas C. Ligor

    Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
    Education J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law; B.S. in economics, United States Military Academy, West Point

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    James V. Marrone

    Associate Economist
    Education PhD in economics, University of Chicago; MSc in economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra; BS in mathematics, University of Chicago; BA in physics, University of Chicago

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    Karishma R. Mehta

    Technical Analyst
    Education B.S. in applied mathematics, Loyola Marymount University; Postgraduate Diploma in discrete mathematics and its applications, University of Essex; M.S. in terrorism and homeland security policy, American University

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    Alexandra Mendoza-Graf

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.P. in public policy, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in political science, University of California, Berkeley

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    Katya Migacheva

    Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in social psychology, University of Massachusetts

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    Blas Nunez-Neto

    Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.G.A. in government administration, Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in political science and English, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

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    Jamie Ryan

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.H. in health policy, Columbia University; B.S. in biopsychology, Tufts University