Watch the Movement of Refugees On Earth from the Year 2000

Watch the Movement of Refugees On Earth from the Year 2000

Represented by dots, this flow first published by Fast Company is a clear reminder of the seismic shifts that can occur when humans experience civil unrest, suppression, drought, famine, and war within their country. Specific events happening within a particular years projects a high concentration of refugees (dots) flowing into neighboring or supportive countries. Developing countries such as the United States host 90% of the world's refugees. 

This visualization could help people better understand the extent of the issue, and potentially push for support.

Can we overcome public ignorance about immigration?

Can we overcome public ignorance about immigration?

"The new evidence shows that many people are more open-minded about immigration than most experts might have thought. When given more information about the characteristics of immigrants in the U.S., people's attitudes and beliefs about immigrants changed for the better."

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Lessons From History

Lessons From History

"Immigration isn’t like pixie dust that can be sprinkled on an economy to add jobs and output. Success pivots on the hard work of social integration — language skills, schools, financial literacy, a community that accepts them."

 

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Dick Gephardt Interview With CBC Radio Show, The House

Dick Gephardt Interview With CBC Radio Show, The House

Discussing the current exodus taking place within the United States to Canada. Dick Gephardt, Former Democratic House Majority Leader and co-author of The American Immigrant, discusses the goals and values of our project as well as his opinion on the executive orders put into place concerning immigrants and refugees. 

 

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How A Red State City Fell In Love With Muslim Immigrants

How A Red State City Fell In Love With Muslim Immigrants

Post-industrial Midwestern America helped propel Donald Trump to the nation's top job. You've heard that a hundred times. But did you hear about St Louis? A wave of Bosnian refugees, many of them Muslim, arrive in the city, starting in the mid-1990s. The result: a surge in business and job creation, revitalization of the community and help in the transition from a manufacturing to a service economy. Sadik Kukic tells Dan and Michelle about his journey from Balkan concentration camps to a pillar of the local community: He's now president of the Bosnian Chamber of Commerce. What could be more American?

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The New Americans

The New Americans

In a recent period of anti-immigrant rhetoric, a group of new citizens didn’t seem largely affected: Their love for this country and their passion to be able to vote dominated any fears. Watch the video included in the article to hear from the immigrants themselves. These people’s stories will inspire and bring life to the political and over-exhausted headlines about immigration in this year’s election.

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Immigration Makes Us All Richer

Immigration Makes Us All Richer

A recent study done by The International Monetary Fund shows that immigration into advanced economies, such as the United States, makes us all richer due to comparative advantage and division of labor. The study states, “It finds that immigration increases the GDP per capita of host economies, mostly by raising labor productivity.” Based off the economic advantages of immigration, the more immigrants we have, the better!

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Immigrants Are Key to the U.S. Entrepreneurial Edge

Immigrants Are Key to the U.S. Entrepreneurial Edge

Joshua Baer has a family history of immigration from Poland and entrepreneurial venture. His family owned their own retail and furniture stores, as well businesses including photography and stationary. Baer argues that although our country was built by entrepreneurs, the current immigration policy does not reflect the immense value they add to our society. For our country’s commitment to innovation to continue, we must limit the difficulties immigrants face to contribute to American economy.

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America is Better Without Borders

America is Better Without Borders

In theory, borders represent what nations are and what they are not. Steven Hahn discusses how theory and history don’t always align. Although borders are thought to include a nation’s ideas and values, historically, borders were not strictly defined. As time progressed, those ideas and values evolved to exclude certain individuals. Hahn gives a historical background to the idea of borders and how they are commonly traversed by political powers. The nation’s success has long relied on immigrants, and to continue the prosperity we must recognize the value they bring to our society.

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Are Immigrants the Key to Stronger Democracy?

Are Immigrants the Key to Stronger Democracy?

Sayu Bhojwani is an immigrant from India and has served as New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, as well as founding and participating in multiple organizations and projects involving the growth of success for immigrants. Sayu presents an interesting point that democracy is not natural, but a learning process. The gap between the government and citizens appear to be getting wider, but especially for immigrants. Sayu presents the concept of lessening the gap by listening to the voices of the people, including immigrants. If American democracy allows immigrants to participate, then the opportunity for more diverse candidates being elected is much more likely. 

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Living the American Dream

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Living the American Dream

Recently, it seems there has been an overwhelming amount of articles discussing the great success of immigrant entrepreneurs in America. These founders show us that the American Dream is alive and well. From tech gurus to educators, these inspiring immigrants share the stories of their determination and drive to make their dreams come true in the United States. 

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How a Handshake Between a Georgetown Student and Janitor Started a Movement

How a Handshake Between a Georgetown Student and Janitor Started a Movement

Oneil Batchelor, a Jamaican-born janitor at Georgetown University, shares his experience when one of the students reached out to him and engaged in a conversation. After a few short minutes, they realized they were both immigrants who sought out the university as an avenue to success. After speaking with Batchelor, the student decided to utilize social media and start a Facebook page called “Unsung Heroes” about the workers of the university, with hopes to break down the barrier between students and the employees. Through the Facebook page, the students were able to raise money for multiple university employees to help start their careers. It all started from one conversation!

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How Immigrants Fit Into America’s Economy, Now and 100 Years Ago

How Immigrants Fit Into America’s Economy, Now and 100 Years Ago

Why do we feel threatened by immigration when we are a nation built upon it? Our ancestors were nearly all immigrants, seeking a better life for themselves and their families in America. The skill level of the average immigrant has changed over the last century. Today, immigrants have a diverse level of skills from the business sector to the manual labor sector. Unfortunately, low-skilled immigrants experience a significant wage gap today that didn’t exist decades ago. Research shows that the skill level and success of immigrants over time has made a shift, but the hopes for a new and better life in America has not dulled over time.

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How Immigration Has Changed the World-For the Better

How Immigration Has Changed the World-For the Better

If you strip away personal opinions about immigration, the facts prove that immigrants provide significant economic benefits to the country. The problem lies in the policies surrounding immigration; the reform of these policies is essential to allow the benefits to exceed the losses. High-skilled immigrants offer a variety of dynamic skills that can be utilized by our country’s businesses, and unskilled immigrants provide necessary manpower in the service sector, such as in construction and agricultural jobs. The real question is, why are people so concerned about immigration when evidence proves it brings revenue to the economy?

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Should Immigration be part of High School Curricula?

Should Immigration be part of High School Curricula?

Shafaq Khan, a high school student who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan, shares her story of the significant impact an immigrant class made on her in school. The course allowed for open conversation about the struggle of immigration and the human race. Our country has, and continues to grow in diversity, but many history and social studies courses don’t go into depth about immigration or the impact it has on our country. It is time to rethink how immigration is taught, and the importance immigration knowledge has for students all over the United States.

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Immigration is Good for America; It is a fact

Immigration is Good for America; It is a fact

A report done by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, or NAS, reports the benefits of immigrants in the United States. According to NAS, children of immigrants make up one of the nation’s most valuable demographics due to their success rate. In addition, immigrants often provide essential services to communities such as childcare and restaurant work, as well as lessening the cost of living. NAS has reported that even with our archaic immigration system, immigrants provide a positive benefit on American society.

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Why Are Immigrants More Entrepreneurial?

Why Are Immigrants More Entrepreneurial?

Have you ever heard of Huffington Post, Red Bull, Tesla, or Google? These major companies all have one thing in common...they were started by entrepreneurs who immigrated to the United States. Immigrants are almost twice as likely to become entrepreneurs than natural-born U.S. citizens. Research implies that due to the significant amount of discrimination against immigrants in the employment sector, many of them avoid the problem all together by seeking entrepreneurial careers. Another study details that these leading entrepreneurs have experienced cultural diversity, furthering their encounters with different products as well as fueling creativity. With this in mind, shouldn’t immigration be seen as a gain to our country rather than a threat? 

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What My Immigrant Family Taught Me About America

What My Immigrant Family Taught Me About America

How do you succeed in a country where people view you as a criminal? One woman shares her and her family’s immigration story to replace false immigrant narratives created to fit political agendas. Hoping to portray an image of hard work and love, the author writes about her family’s history of escaping political regime in their country to seek refuge in the United States. The goal is to share personal experiences behind the immigration process and let people know that their stories matter!

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