Institute for Immigration Research

To what extent, and in what ways, are immigrants, especially immigrant entrepreneurs, producing positive economic benefits for the U.S. economy?

With all of the heated rhetoric about immigration these days, academically-rigorous research results are needed to cool the discussion with objective information. The Institute for Immigration Research fills that void.

Immigration is not just Hispanic/Mexican immigration, but it’s often treated that way in academic research, policy discussions, and in public opinion. As a result, in all three arenas, the perspective on immigration emphasizes: immigrant integration, social service needs, and immigrants taking American jobs, and exploitation of immigrants in the workforce.

Our mission is to refocus the immigration conversation among academics, policy-makers and the public, including the business community and media, by producing and disseminating unbiased and objective, interdisciplinary academic research related to immigrants and immigration to the United States.

Research conducted by the IIR will examine the economic impact of all immigrant groups, with particular emphasis on the economic contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs with high level of education or skills. The IIR concentrates on economic questions while adding in a sociological perspective.

The Institute for Immigration Research is a joint venture between George Mason University and The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) of Massachusetts.

Centreville Labor Study Series (8 postseries)

The information on this blog is based on data collected by researcher Louise Puck, who has carried out qualitative research at the Centreville Labor Resource Center. The foundation of the research was built on interviews that consisted of a brief narrative followed by semi-structured questions.  The aim of the study was to examine the value of a day laborer’s social network and the importance of acquiring English language skills and vocational skills to obtain employment. The objective was to find out if those factors impact the day laborers’ success in becoming active participants in the Northern Virginia labor force. We decided to reach the day laborers at the CLRC, as our goal was to reach day laborers, who were actively pursuing employment.

For more information on the Centreville Labor Resource Center, please check out its website and Facebook page.




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