Institute for Immigration Research-GMU

Institute for Immigration Research-GMU The IIR is a joint venture between George Mason University and The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) of Massachusetts. The Institute for Immigration Research [IIR] conducts unbiased research to educate policymakers, media, teachers, students and the business community about the contributions of immigrants as entrepreneurs, workers and consumers.

IIR is located within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University and works closely with the Center for Social Science Research at Mason, a multidisciplinary research center that examines some of the most pressing social, behavioral and political problems facing contemporary society.

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Despite new #immigration restrictions in the last 4 years, Americans overwhelmingly support immigrants. According to Gal...
01/14/2021

Despite new #immigration restrictions in the last 4 years, Americans overwhelmingly support immigrants. According to Gallup, in 2020 a record-high 77% of Americans say immigration is good for the US; the first time, higher shares of Americans said immigration levels should be increased not decreased. In a recent IIR survey 61% of respondents thought the COVID-19 pandemic shows immigrants strengthen the country filling essential roles in the economy; only 23% said immigrants weaken the country.

Immigrants were key to the COVID19 vaccine. Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin are Turkish-German immunologists who founded Bio...
12/16/2020

Immigrants were key to the COVID19 vaccine. Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin are Turkish-German immunologists who founded BioNTech and were part of the team that developed the vaccine. Dr. Sahin was born in Turkey, and Dr. Tureci's parents were Turkish immigrants. For more on immigrants leading the way on the vaccine, see https://iir.gmu.edu/publications/nobelprize

Dr. Sahin developed a friendship with Albert Bourla, the Greek chief executive of Pfizer. They bonded over their shared backgrounds as scientists and immigrants. “We realized that he is from Greece, and that I’m from Turkey,” Dr. Sahin said, without mentioning their native countries’ long-running antagonism. “It was very personal from the very beginning.” [https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/10/business/biontech-covid-vaccine.html]

The top three countries of origin of foreign-born U.S. #NobelPrize winners between 1901 and 2020 are Germany, the United...
12/14/2020

The top three countries of origin of foreign-born U.S. #NobelPrize winners between 1901 and 2020 are Germany, the United Kingdom, and Canada. However, the number of winners from Asia and Africa has increased since 1979 and in the twenty-first century. Read more at https://iir.gmu.edu/publications/nobelprize

In 2020, four out of 21 of the MacArthur Fellows are foreign born. The MacArthur Fellowship, is an annual prize awarded ...
12/11/2020

In 2020, four out of 21 of the MacArthur Fellows are foreign born. The MacArthur Fellowship, is an annual prize awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional creativity and dedication in their professional pursuits. Read about the foreign born MacArthur Fellows here:https://iir.gmu.edu/publications/nobelprize

Did you know that immigrants, and children of immigrants, are prominent recipients of other prestigious awards aside fro...
12/10/2020

Did you know that immigrants, and children of immigrants, are prominent recipients of other prestigious awards aside from the #NobelPrize? Find out more by checking out our Nobel Prize paper: https://iir.gmu.edu/publications/nobelprize #awards #immigrants #research

Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar on balancing academia and policy last week! If you missed it, the recordi...
12/10/2020

Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar on balancing academia and policy last week! If you missed it, the recording is now available on our website: https://iir.gmu.edu/about/iir-events/2020-2021 #discussion #panel #immigration #policy #academia

Fun Fact: There have been 143 foreign-born U.S. Nobel Laureates from 1901 to 2020, averaging about one foreign-born U.S....
12/09/2020

Fun Fact: There have been 143 foreign-born U.S. Nobel Laureates from 1901 to 2020, averaging about one foreign-born U.S. winner per year. Learn more about immigrant Nobel Prize winners throughout the years by checking this year's Nobel Prize Paper.
This paper also highlights the immigrants working in the biomedical industry and researching a COVID-19 vaccine. Check it out here: https://iir.gmu.edu/publications/nobelprize
#NobelPrize #immigrants #science

Did you know that Colombian immigrants in the DC and Baltimore metro areas are slightly more likely to be self-employed ...
12/07/2020

Did you know that Colombian immigrants in the DC and Baltimore metro areas are slightly more likely to be self-employed and not incorporated (9 percent) compared to all other foreign born (6 percent)? The foreign born from Colombia and all other foreign born have equal rates of incorporated self-employment (4 percent), meaning that they have their own businesses. Read more about Colombian immigrants here: https://iir.gmu.edu/publications/immigrant-stories-dc-baltimore/colombia-immigrant-stories #Colombia #immigrant #stories #facts

Did you know that today, 793,114 Colombian immigrants constitute two percent of the total foreign-born population of the...
12/03/2020

Did you know that today, 793,114 Colombian immigrants constitute two percent of the total foreign-born population of the United States? The largest numbers of Colombian immigrants in the United States are found in the Miami, FL (182,979), the New York, NY (178,374), and the Orlando, FL (33,493) metropolitan areas. Learn more about Colombian Immigrants here: https://iir.gmu.edu/publications/immigrant-stories-dc-baltimore/colombia-immigrant-stories #Colombia #immigrant #stories #facts

Our last speaker highlight for our upcoming panel discussion on balancing academia is @Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia. Shoba is...
11/19/2020

Our last speaker highlight for our upcoming panel discussion on balancing academia is @Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia. Shoba is the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Director of Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Penn State Law. Make sure to register for our webinar at https://gmu.zoom.us/webinar/register/8616031198989/WN_QafU3FNsRyCaTxLEpuIE1w #discussion #speakers #immigration

Last weekend began Diwali, the Festival of Lights, Diwali is one of the biggest festivals celebrated among many Hindu, J...
11/19/2020

Last weekend began Diwali, the Festival of Lights, Diwali is one of the biggest festivals celebrated among many Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities in the US. After Mexico, India is the second top country of origin of immigrants living in the US 6% of foreign born come from India and 1/3 arrived after 2010.

If you want to learn more about the social and economic contributions of Indian immigrants in the DC and Baltimore areas, check out IIR's Immigrant Stories: https://iir.gmu.edu/publications/immigrant-stories-dc-baltimore/immigrant-stories-india #facts #India #immigration

Today's speaker highlight is Ruth Wasem. Ruth is a Professor of Public Policy Practice at the University of Texas at Aus...
11/18/2020

Today's speaker highlight is Ruth Wasem. Ruth is a Professor of Public Policy Practice at the University of Texas at Austin in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs. Make sure to register for our upcoming virtual panel discussion on balancing academia and policy at https://gmu.zoom.us/webinar/register/8616031198989/WN_QafU3FNsRyCaTxLEpuIE1w #immigration #scholars #discussion

It's Veterans Day, a good time to remember that immigrants are important to the US armed forces. According to the Migrat...
11/11/2020

It's Veterans Day, a good time to remember that immigrants are important to the US armed forces. According to the Migration Policy Center, currently there are approximately 530,00 foreign-born veterans representing 3% of all vets. 34% are from Mexico and the Philippines with the rest from a wide range of countries. An additional 1.9 million vets are the children of immigrants.

Election results are still coming in, but we know Asian & Black immigrants are a growing share of the national electorat...
11/05/2020

Election results are still coming in, but we know Asian & Black immigrants are a growing share of the national electorate. For example, in FL 3% of potential voters are Black immigrants and 2% are Asian immigrants. In NY 4% of potential voters are Black immigrants and 5% are Asian immigrants. In CA 9% of potential voters are Asian immigrants. NY has the highest number of potential Black immigrant voters. CA has the highest number of potential Asian immigrant voters.

Did you know that 40% of Black immigrants are naturalized citizens and at least 18 years old. That's approx. 2,189,600 p...
10/29/2020

Did you know that 40% of Black immigrants are naturalized citizens and at least 18 years old. That's approx. 2,189,600 potential voters. 60% of all potential Black immigrant voters are living in New York, Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, or Texas.

As the fastest-growing segment of eligible voters in the U.S., Asian Americans are key potential voters this year. Accor...
10/23/2020

As the fastest-growing segment of eligible voters in the U.S., Asian Americans are key potential voters this year. According to Pew Research Center, this group more than doubled since 2000, growing by 139%. Over 90% of foreign-and-native born Asians plan to vote in the 2020 election. There is much diversity between the national origin groups within the Asian American population. Indian- and Japanese Americans are the most likely to vote (97% and 95%) and Chinese Americans are the least likely (88%) to say they will vote.

Overall, 46% of Asian Americans prefer to vote by mail and 27% plan to vote in person. However, there are notable differences between foreign-and-native born Asians. 33% of foreign-born plan to vote in person on election day compared to 14% of native-born Asian Americans.

Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual panel discussion on COVID-19 & Immigrant Communities last week! If you mi...
10/15/2020

Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual panel discussion on COVID-19 & Immigrant Communities last week! If you missed it, the event's recording is now up on our website. Check it out at https://iir.gmu.edu/about/iir-events/2020-2021

COVID-19 has devastated communities across the US and has given us a new appreciation for the role essential workers pla...
10/06/2020

COVID-19 has devastated communities across the US and has given us a new appreciation for the role essential workers play in our economy and lives. Join our virtual panel discussion on COVID-19 & Immigrant Communities tomorrow at 1 pm via Zoom. Our speakers will address the role of immigrants as essential workers and the impact that changes to immigration policy have had on immigrant communities. Register at https://gmu.zoom.us/webinar/register/3516008889978/WN_rMclhEPZT4aNtK5OxVreoA

Join our virtual panel discussion on COVID-19 & Immigrant Communities this Wednesday October 7th! Our speakers will addr...
10/05/2020

Join our virtual panel discussion on COVID-19 & Immigrant Communities this Wednesday October 7th! Our speakers will address the role of immigrants as essential workers and healthcare providers, how it has left them vulnerable to the virus, and the impact that changes to immigration policy has had on immigrant communities. Register at https://gmu.zoom.us/webinar/register/7016008889789/WN_rMclhEPZT4aNtK5OxVreoA

It's #HispanicHeritageMonth! Did you know that 45% of all foreign born in the US are Hispanic? In the DC metro area, 35 ...
09/24/2020

It's #HispanicHeritageMonth! Did you know that 45% of all foreign born in the US are Hispanic? In the DC metro area, 35 percent of the foreign born are Hispanic. Nationwide more than half of foreign-born Hispanics migrated before 2000 and have been in the US more than 20 years. Hispanic immigrants in the DC metro tend to have arrived slightly more recently.

Today is #CitizenshipDay, an opportunity to celebrate immigrants who have become naturalized US citizens. In FY2018, 761...
09/17/2020

Today is #CitizenshipDay, an opportunity to celebrate immigrants who have become naturalized US citizens. In FY2018, 761,901 people were naturalized, a slight increase from the previous 2 years. But naturalizations are down in 2020 due to the pandemic. ​ Our new US citizens came from all over the world. In 2018, ​36% were from North America; 36% were from Asia; and slightly more than 1/4 were from Africa, Europe, and South America.

Immigrants constitute 43% of the workers in service occupations in the DC metro area. Immigrants are more likely to work...
09/10/2020

Immigrants constitute 43% of the workers in service occupations in the DC metro area. Immigrants are more likely to work as housekeepers, janitors, and cooks while native-born are more likely to work as security guards, waiters, or police officers. #fastfact Ralph Northam Larry Hogan

The NBA ❤️'s immigrants! 8 teams are into the 2nd round of the #NBAPlayoffs. 26 players (19%) are foreign born including...
09/03/2020

The NBA ❤️'s immigrants! 8 teams are into the 2nd round of the #NBAPlayoffs. 26 players (19%) are foreign born including five Canadians two Turks, four from countries of former Yugoslavia, five from African countries, and three Greek #Antetokounmpo brothers.

The Toronto Raptors have six non-US players from 6 different countries. Miami Heat and Boston Celtics each have four.

The Facts About the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
09/03/2020
The Facts About the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

The Facts About the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

The Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax-processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to ensure that people—including undocumented immigrants—pay taxes even if they do not have a Social Security number and regardless of their immigration status.

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