The B.I.A.S. Project
Bibliography of Refugee & Immigrant Resource Materials
Many of these resources, in addition to others not listed, are available in the files of the B.I.A.S. Project (Building Immigrant Awareness and Support) of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Monthly Mailing. Washington, D.C. (1991-present).
Publication of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Offers up-to-date information regarding developments in all aspects of immigration law.
Aleinikoff, Thomas Alexander and David A. Martin. Immigration: Process and Policy, 3rd ed. St. Paul: West Publishing, 1995.
This is a legal casebook used to teach immigration and nationality law. The development of U.S. immigration law is traced, and important cases are excerpted.
Baldwin, Carl R. Immigration Questions & Answers. New York: Allworth Press (1995).
Baldwin's book is a step by step guide on law for immigrants and people who advise them.
Briggs, Vernon and Stephen Moore. Still an Open Door? U.S. Immigration Policy and the American Economy. Washington, D.C.: American University Press, 1994.
This book portrays both sides of the economics of immigration debate. Briggs argues that immigrants have an adverse effect on our economy. Moore argues that immigrants have always been, and will continue to be, good for the U.S. economy.
Business Week. Cover Story: "The Immigrants: How They're Helping the U.S. Economy" (July 13, 1992).
This article chronicles how immigrants have revitalized the U.S. economy and labor markets. Also includes profiles of immigrants, and a Business Week/Harris Poll on Americans' attitudes towards immigrants.
Center for Equal Opportunity. "The Index of Leading Immigration Indicators." Washington, D.C.: Center for Equal Opportunity, 1995.
Compilation of charts and graphs about immigration to the U.S. This index is good for quick reference to immigration facts.
Center for Migration Studies of New York, Inc,. International Migration Review. Staten Island, NY. Center for Migration Studies.
International Migration Review (IMR) is a quarterly journal on the sociodemographic, economic, historical, political and legislative aspects of human migration and refugee movements. Each issue of IMR presents original articles, research and documentation notes, legislative developments, a bibliography and abstracting service, the International Newsletter on Migration, plus a scholarly review of new books in the field.
Daniels, Roger. Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life. New York: Harper, 1990.
This comprehensive book of historical research on immigration concentrates on the demographics and everyday lives of immigrants to America in three periods: colonial times, 1820-1924, and modern times.
Delpit, Lisa. Other Peoples Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. New Press, 1995.
Introducing the idea of teachers as "cultural translators," the author discusses what must happen if we are to educate teachers to accommodate ethnic and cultural diversity. She suggests that many of the academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of mis-communication as schools and "other peoples children" struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics of inequality plaguing our system.
Federal Publications. Interpreter Releases. Washington, DC: Federal Publications.
Report and analysis of all aspects of immigration and nationality law. A timely source for the latest in agency (INS, Labor Dept.) decisions, cases, visa statistics, new publications, etc. Published weekly.
Ferris, Elizabeth G. Beyond Borders Refugees, Migrants and Human Rights in the Post-Cold War Era. Geneva: WCC Publications, 1993.
The author analyzes current movements of people in their global and regional contexts and suggests how the international system might respond better to the needs of migrants and refugees. Ferris concludes with a vision and plan of action for churches and non-governmental organizations.
Fix, Michael and Jeffrey Passel. Immigration and Immigrants: Setting the Record Straight. Washington D.C.: The Urban Institute, 1994.
This report assesses different immigration policy alternatives. It profiles the immigrant population, and reports what is known of the labor market effects of immigration. It also examines the public sector impacts of immigration.
Fix, Michael and Jeffrey Passel. "Myths About Immigrants." Foreign Policy (Summer 1994).
This article dispels the myths about the magnitude of immigrant flows, characteristics of immigrants, and negative economic impact.
Fuchs, Lawrence. The American Kaleidoscope: Race, Ethnicity, and the Civic Culture. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1990.
Survey of the history of the American ethnic experience (particularly the experience of immigrants) and detailed analysis of changes in ethnic and race relations over the past 25 years.
Isbister, John. The Immigration Debate: Remaking America. Connecticut: Kumarian Press, Inc., (1996).
The author examines many arguments, both for and against immigration. Topics discussed are the history of U.S. immigration; the structure of current immigration, and law; and the demographic impact of immigration on population growth, age distribution and ethnic make-up.
Jasin, Claudia. Advocate's "Quick Reference" Guide to Immigration Research. Washington, D.C.: National Council of La Raza Policy Analysis Center, 1993.
This pamphlet is a tool for advocates in the immigration debate to dispel the myths about immigrants and present reliable information about the various effects of immigration. It surveys studies conducted over the past ten years on the issues figuring prominently in the current debate. This guide covers three general areas: costs and benefits associated with immigrants, economic impact of immigrants, and social integration of newcomers.
Loescher, Gil. Beyond Charity: International Cooperation and the Global Refugee Crisis. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
This 272-page book provides an extensive overview of the world refugee situation today, asserting that refugees raise not only humanitarian concerns but also issues of international peace and security. The work helps frame the debate on the global refugee crisis and offers directions for more effective approaches to refugee problems at present and in the future.
Mahler, Sarah. American Dreaming: Immigrant Life on the Margins. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1996.
Mahler chronicles stories and struggles of immigrants who have fled their troubled countries, hoping for a better life in the U.S.-- only to realize further disappointments and alienation.
Mayotte, Judy. Disposable People? The Plight of Refugees. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1992.
The 347-page book details the geopolitical, economical, and social conflicts that force people to flee their homelands. The author tells of personal accounts of Khmer, Afghan, and Eritrean refugees.
Mazur, Laurie Ann. Beyond the Numbers: A Reader on Population Consumption, and the Environment. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1994.
A compilation of essays on population and environment issues. Of particular interest is Section VII entitled, "Population Distribution: Urbanization and International Migration."
Morrison, Joan and Charlotte Fox Zabusky, eds. American Mosaic: The Immigrant Experience in the Words of Those Who Lived It. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993.
Four hundred and fifty-eight page collection of oral histories of 140 immigrants from six continents and 50 countries. The immigrants, ranging in age from 17 to 101, share through their stories why they came to the U.S. and what they found upon arrival, bringing to life the human side of immigration. An introductory chapter discusses immigration history and legislation.
National Council for State Legislatures. America's Newcomers: An Immigrant Policy Handbook (1994).
This handbook is a compilation of work produced by the State and Local Coalition on Immigration through its Immigrant Policy Project. Five research papers examine general immigration and immigrant policy in the U.S.; health care issues; employment and training programs; community relations and ethnic diversity; and the effects of declining targeted assistance for refugees and immigrants.
National Immigration Forum. "A Guide to Immigration Facts and Issues" (1995).
This folder contains fact sheets and issue briefs on a variety of issues relating to immigration.
Refugee Reports. Washington, D.C. (1990-present).
The monthly report of the U.S. Committee for Refugees. A respected source of information on recent developments in international and U.S. refugee affairs.
Reimers, David M. The Immigrant Experience. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1989.
This book describes the immigrant experience in the United States from the 17th century until the present day. This book describes immigrants' contributions to American society, their origins, and the prejudice they faced.
Rogers, Rosemarie and Emily Copeland. Forced Migration: Policy Issues in the Post-Cold War World. Medford, MA: Tufts University, 1993.
The authors analyze the major features of forced migration in the post-Cold War context, including increased concern for human rights and the expanded international refugee system.
Simon, Julian L. The Economic Consequences of Immigration. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell, Inc., 1989.
An analysis of the effect of immigration on the U.S. economy. Job displacement, and immigrants' use of welfare and public services are examined. Simon determines that, in the long run, immigrants are good for the U.S. economy and Americans' standard of living. More immigrants should be admitted, and they should be chosen more for their economic characteristics and less on the basis of their family connections.
Simon, Julian L. Immigration: the Demographic and Economic Facts. Washington, DC: The Cato Institute and National Immigration Forum, 1995.
User-friendly guide featuring numerous charts and graphs that show the economic and demographic facts relevant to immigration. Shows how immigrants affect the environment, labor market, and welfare.
Simon, Rita. "Immigration and Public Opinion." American University School of Public Affairs.
This paper notes that even though the immigrant experience goes to the core of the American heritage, the public has held ambivalent views about new immigrants.
Takaki, Ronald. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1993.
This 508-page work examines U.S. history through the perspectives of the minority populations that make up this country. The book begins with the perspectives of the Native Americans as they witness the arrival of the first explorers of North America, and proceeds to document U.S. history to the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Teitelbaum, Michael, S., and Myron Weiner. Threatened Peoples, Threatened Borders: World Migration and U.S. Policy. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, Inc., 1995.
When dealing with the problem of refugees, asylum-seekers and other international migrants, the authors believe the full range of U.S. foreign policy issues must be involved. Essays in this book examine such issues as how U.S. aid, trade, and investment policies affect illegal migration, and how U.S. population and environmental policies relate to migration.
Time Magazine. "Special Issue on Immigration and the New Face of America" (Fall, 1993).
Articles included in this issue relate to topics of immigration history, bilingual education, illegal aliens, intermarriage, and minority politics.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Refugees.
Highly informative and readable monthly magazine of the UNHCR. Each issue focuses on a particular theme (for example, resettlement, refugee children, African refugees).
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The State of the World's Refugees: In Search of Solutions. New York: Oxford University Press (1995).
The book examines root issues as to why our world is currently facing a refugee crisis and seeks to address reasons why the problems of working with displaced peoples have changed since the Cold War.
United States General Accounting Office. "Illegal Aliens, National Net Cost Estimates Vary Widely" (July 1995).
Report provides information on the economic impact of illegal aliens.
United States General Accounting Office. "Illegal Aliens: Despite Data Limitations, Current Methods Provide Better Population Estimates" (1993).
GAO report on methods for estimating the size and flow of the illegal alien population in the U.S. The GAO estimates that the likely maximum for the illegal resident population is 3.4 million. The Census Bureau measures a net growth in the illegal resident population of 100,000-300,000 annually.
United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. Statistical Yearbook of the Immigration and Naturalization Service 1995. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office (1997).
General information, charts and text tables comprise this review of fiscal year 1995.
The Urban Institute. Fiscal Impacts of Undocumented Aliens: Selected Estimates for Seven States (Oct. 4, 1994.)
The Urban Institute conducted a study of fiscal impacts of undocumented aliens in seven states with the largest numbers of undocumented aliens. The study looks at state costs in the areas of incarceration, education, Medicaid, and taxes.
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