MA immigrants region of originWhere immigrants in Mass. come from. Data from MPI.

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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MIRA factsheet: Immigrants are our Commonwealth (January 2019)

MIRA factsheet: Immigrants in the Massachusetts Economy (August 2018)

See Reason magazine’s visual primer, What part of legal immigration don’t you understand? (2008)


• Massachusetts immigration data profile (Migration Policy Institute) 

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)

• Boston’s Immigrant Labor Force (Boston Planning & Development Agency, July 2018)

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)

• Immigrants in Boston: Enriching our Region (research highlights from The Boston Indicators Project, 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)

• Profile of the unauthorized population: Massachusetts (Migration Policy Institute, using 2014 data)

• 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 Economic Impact of Immigration on the U.S. (report by the Mass. Technology Leadership Council, June 2017)

• 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 2016)

Dual Language Learners: A Demographic and Policy Profile for Massachusetts (Migration Policy Institute, October 2017; note a large share of DLLs are the U.S.-born children of immigrants)

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)

• Immigration myths – crime and the number of illegal immigrants (published online by the Cato Institute, March 2017)

• The effects of sanctuary policies on crime and the economy (published online by the Center for American Progress, January 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)


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