The Washington, D.C., area is home to thinktanks, government agencies, NGOs, and advocacy groups concerned with migration — and particularly with immigration — issues and research, as are other universities in the Consortium of Washington Area Universities (Maryland, George Washington, Georgetown, Howard, Trinity, Gallaudet, American, and George Mason). Here's a sample:

Migration/Immigration Studies at Other Washington Area Universities

  • American University
  • George Mason University
    • GMU Institute for Immigration Research (“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.”)
    • Global Migration and Transnational Politics Project (“a MacArthur Foundation funded project that investigated how political dynamics around the globe have been transformed by new patterns of human mobility and the development of innovative transnational social networks.”)
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Howard University
    • Great Migration Writing Project Resources (“Some 1.5 million people moved north between 1916 and 1930 during the Great Migration when the war industry offered industrial jobs to African Americans. Thus began the transformation of the African-American population from a predominantly rural to a predominantly urban people.”)
  • University of Maryland
    • Maryland Population Research Center (“Drawing together leading scholars from diverse disciplines to support, produce, and promote population-related research of the highest scientific merit.”

Thinktanks Conducting Original Research

  • Pew Hispanic Center ("conducts public opinion surveys that aim to illuminate Latino views on a range of social matters and public policy issues, including its annual National Survey of Latinos. ... publishes demographic studies and other social science research on a wide range of topics, including economics and personal finances, Hispanic/Latino identity, education, health care, immigration trends, the Latino vote, technology adoption, youth and work and employment. ... well-known for its estimates of the unauthorized immigrant population in the U.S.")
  • Migration Policy Institute ("provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at local, national, and international levels. It aims to meet the demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated world.")
  • Center for American Progress (a research and policy shop for 'progressive' perspectives on a wide range of issues, including immigration in/to the US.)
  • Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program ("the nation's go-to organization for chronicling the dynamic demographic, economic, and social forces sweeping our country and interpreting what these forces mean for metropolitan areas.")
  • The Urban Institute Immigration Project (has "analyzed immigrants’ contributions to the labor force and the economy, tracked fast-growing immigrant communities, studied the effect of No Child Left Behind on immigrant children and English Language Learners, and surveyed foreign-born households’ health, well-being, and economic mobility.")

Government Agencies

  • UN HIgh Commissioner for Refugees ("mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide…  to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees… to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State… to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.")
  • US Census Bureau Migration reports ("annual estimates of net international migration for the nation, states, and counties in the United States. These estimates are based in part on data collected in censuses and surveys. Projections of the U.S. population are also made using assumptions about net international migration.")
  • DHS US Immigration Statistics ("provides data on foreign nationals who, during the specified fiscal year, were granted lawful permanent residence, were admitted into the United States on a temporary basis, applied for asylum or refugee status, or were naturalized.")
  • State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration ("provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world, through repatriation, local integration, and resettlement in the United States.  PRM also promotes the United States' population and migration policies.")

Non-Governmental Organizations and Advocacy Groups

  • Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) ("promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs.")
  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services ("We serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking.")
  • International Rescue Committee ("provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. .. In Silver Spring and many other regional offices, the IRC helps them rebuild their lives.")
  • American Immigration Council ("a non-profit, non-partisan, organization based in Washington D.C.  Our legal, education, policy and exchange programs work to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how Americans think and act towards immigration now and in the future.")
  • Center for Immigration Studies ("a non-profit, non-partisan, organization based in Washington D.C.  Our legal, education, policy and exchange programs work to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how Americans think and act towards immigration now and in the future.")
  • American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration
  • Refugee Council USA ("a coalition of U.S. non-governmental organizations focused on refugee protection. RCUSA provides advocacy on issues affecting the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, displaced persons, victims of trafficking, and victims of torture in the United States and across the world.")
  • American Anthropological Association is launching an initiative on world migration, beginning with "World on the Move: Migration Stories" in the online OpenAnthropology journal.