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Pleased to announce a new published book on high-skilled self-initiated expatriation from multidisciplinary perspectives.

The IIR is a joint venture between George Mason University and The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. 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.

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Happy holidays from the institute for Immigration Research!!

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12/17/2021

Immigrant workers in these occupations are very likely to be naturalized US citizens. More than 70% of foreign-born pilots, 86% of air traffic controllers and 72% of flight attendants are naturalized US citizens. By comparison, only 49% of all other immigrants living and working in the US are naturalized citizens.

Immigrant workers in these occupations are very likely to be naturalized US citizens. More than 70% of foreign-born pilots, 86% of air traffic controllers and 72% of flight attendants are naturalized US citizens. By comparison, only 49% of all other immigrants living and working in the US are naturalized citizens.

12/17/2021

Flight attendants are more likely to be foreign born (15%) and they come from a completely different set of countries of origin. The largest shares are from Japan and China.

Flight attendants are more likely to be foreign born (15%) and they come from a completely different set of countries of origin. The largest shares are from Japan and China.

12/17/2021

6% of air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists are immigrants. Nearly 1/3 of them are from Jamaica, El Salvador, Romania, Germany or Argentina.

6% of air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists are immigrants. Nearly 1/3 of them are from Jamaica, El Salvador, Romania, Germany or Argentina.

12/17/2021

Today is Wright Brothers Day! 8% of pilots and flight engineers are foreign born and they are from a large number of countries. 8% of them are from Canada.

Today is Wright Brothers Day! 8% of pilots and flight engineers are foreign born and they are from a large number of countries. 8% of them are from Canada.

12/08/2021

Congratulations to IIR's amazing Office Manager Katharine Rupp, winner of the 2021 Mary Roper Award for outstanding service to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. We're so honored to work with you every day!

Congratulations to IIR's amazing Office Manager Katharine Rupp, winner of the 2021 Mary Roper Award for outstanding service to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. We're so honored to work with you every day!

Immigration Data on Demand (iDod) 12/06/2021

Immigration Data on Demand (iDod)

Our Immigration Data on Demand (iDod) fact sheets connect people with accurate data on immigrant populations. If you want a personalized fact sheet on immigrants in your area, fill out an iDod Request Form at

Immigration Data on Demand (iDod) iDod Fact Sheets: Data on immigrants, customized for you Immigration Data on Demand (iDod) provides academics, policy-makers, and the public with...

11/30/2021

This year, please support the IIR and our efforts to disseminate factual information and train the next generation of immigration scholars. Give at: https://securemason.gmu.edu/s/1564/GID2/16/19-giving.aspx?sid=1564&gid=2&pgid=651&cid=1709&bledit=1&sort=1&dids=299.170&appealcode=IIR01

This year, please support the IIR and our efforts to disseminate factual information and train the next generation of immigration scholars. Give at: https://securemason.gmu.edu/s/1564/GID2/16/19-giving.aspx?sid=1564&gid=2&pgid=651&cid=1709&bledit=1&sort=1&dids=299.170&appealcode=IIR01

11/08/2021

Please join UndocuMason and others for Immigration Monologues and hear powerful speakers from the Mason community. The event will take place at George Mason University and will be live-streamed on November 13, 2021 from 6-8 PM (EST). RSVP today at: Bit.ly/imlnc21

Please join UndocuMason and others for Immigration Monologues and hear powerful speakers from the Mason community. The event will take place at George Mason University and will be live-streamed on November 13, 2021 from 6-8 PM (EST). RSVP today at: Bit.ly/imlnc21

10/26/2021

Did you know that 12 percent of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellows this year are #Immigrants?

Learn more about the winners and their remarkable contributions to their respective fields on page 6 of this report from the Institute for Immigration Research-GMU: https://d101vc9winf8ln.cloudfront.net/documents/41281/original/Nobel_Prize_Summary_2021.pdf?1634227855

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It's World Series time! The Astros have more foreign-born players and coaches than the Braves. 39% of the Astros' players and 25% of their coaches are foreign born.

46% of the Astros players were born abroad or in a US territory compared to 31% of the Braves. Foreign-born players from both teams hail from Cuba, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Curacao, and Panama.

Who will win?

Fall 2021 Public Sociology Conference 10/20/2021

Fall 2021 Public Sociology Conference

The IIR will be featured at the Mason Public Sociology Conference. Listen to IIR Director Jim Witte, Program Coordinator Michele Waslin, and Marissa Kiss PhD speak about "Immigrants, Sports, and Inclusion" this Friday from 11-12 EST. Here's the link:
https://gmu.zoom.us/j/97828665586?pwd=b1JMUXA2S1dNUStOajhRbEdLRnBRdz09
For more info on the conference, go to https://soan.gmu.edu/articles/16570

Fall 2021 Public Sociology Conference Now more than ever, we need a rebirth in our approaches and relationships to one another, our overarching institutions, and innovations. Public...

New American Voices 2021 Award Ceremony - Crowdcast 10/18/2021

New American Voices 2021 Award Ceremony - Crowdcast

Did you miss the IIR New American Voices Award ceremony on Friday? We have good news for you. You can still watch the amazing discussion at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/fftb_nav2021

Thanks to everyone who made this event a success and congratulations to the 2021 winner, Patricia Engel!

New American Voices 2021 Award Ceremony - Crowdcast Register now for Fall for the Book's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Friday October 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm EDT.

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It's playoffs time! 3/4 of the coaching staff on the 4 remaining MLB Playoffs teams were born in the contiguous US, 8% were born in a Puerto Rico, and 17% were born abroad. Foreign-born coaching staff hail from Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Japan, and Australia.
The Braves and the Astros have larger shares of international coaches than the Red Sox and the Dodgers. American league coaching staff playoff teams have larger shares of coaching staff born in a U.S. Territory (15% vs. 0%) and staff born abroad (19% vs. 15%) than the National League.
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Patricia Engel Wins New American Voices Award - Fall for the Book Festival 10/15/2021

Patricia Engel Wins New American Voices Award - Fall for the Book Festival

It's finally here! Join us TODAY at 7pm Eastern for the New American Voices Award ceremony honoring winner Patricia Engel and finalists Daisy Hernandez and Anthony Veasna So. Learn more and register and watch at:

Patricia Engel Wins New American Voices Award - Fall for the Book Festival Patricia Engel wins the 2021 New American Voices Award for Infinite Country. Celebrate at the virtual ceremoney on Oct 15 at 7 pm.

10/14/2021
10/14/2021

We’re proud to collaborate with @iamanimmigrant in order to support immigrant students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds at George Mason University! Join us on October 28th at Kiosk E in the Johnson Center from 12-4PM as we join over 160 colleges and universities to celebrate the 6th Annual I Stand With Immigrants Day of Action! ✊🏽

We encourage you to stop by, reflect, and share why YOU stand with immigrants. Those who participate will have a chance at getting a free I Stand with Immigrants t-shirt!

https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/istandwithimmigrants/ https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/iamanimmigrant/ https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/celebrateimmigrants/

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Last week we missed National Coaches Day, but today we're here with the data. In 2019, 9% of coaches and scouts were foreign-born. Half of foreign-born coaches and scouts live in either California (19%), New York (10%), Florida (9%), Texas (8%), or Massachusetts (5%). 9% of immigrant coaches and scouts were born in Mexico followed by Canada (8%), England (5%), and China (5%), Korea (5%). 46% of foreign-born coaches and scouts were naturalized U.S. citizens.

Review | The terrific Uncle C’s tells a little known story about fried chicken in America 09/28/2021

Review | The terrific Uncle C’s tells a little known story about fried chicken in America

The owners of Uncle C's Chicken are Afghan Americans who fled the country in the 1980s after the Soviet invasion. Read this fantastic story and learn about the Afghan-fried chicken connection.

Review | The terrific Uncle C’s tells a little known story about fried chicken in America The co-founders of this Fairfax County restaurant are Afghan-Americans with their own connections to fried chicken.

09/28/2021

Hispanic workers are integral to some of the most important industries in the U.S. economy. In agriculture, Hispanic immigrants make up almost one in four workers.

09/27/2021

Dr. Joel Mokyr is a contender for the 2021 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences. Born in the Netherlands he now teaches at Northwestern. He'd be the 6th foreign-born US winner of the Economics prize since 2015 and the 3rd US Nobel Laureate born in the Netherlands.

Dr. Joel Mokyr is a contender for the 2021 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences. Born in the Netherlands he now teaches at Northwestern. He'd be the 6th foreign-born US winner of the Economics prize since 2015 and the 3rd US Nobel Laureate born in the Netherlands.

09/24/2021

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be announced in just 12 days. One contender, Dr. Bawendi, is an immigrant from France of Tunisian descent and is a distinguished professor at MIT. If he wins, he who could be the first foreign-born U.S. winner from France!

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be announced in just 12 days. One contender, Dr. Bawendi, is an immigrant from France of Tunisian descent and is a distinguished professor at MIT. If he wins, he who could be the first foreign-born U.S. winner from France!

09/23/2021

After becoming a citizen, Congo-born refugee Josephine Kalondji says, "There are so many people who want to help, it’s just a matter of you allowing them to help you. There are other people who will come after me ... Now it’s my turn to make somebody else’s life better."
MIRA: Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition
https://www.newamericanscampaign.org/josephine-kalondji-a-citizen-of-somewhere/

09/23/2021

Congratulations to Patricia Engel, winner of the 2021 IIR New American Voices Award for her book Infinite Crossing. Congratulations to our finalists Anthony Veasna So and Daisy Hernandez and thanks to our judges, Irena Reyn, Justin Torres, and Melissa Rivero.

After finding out she won, Engel said: “As the daughter of immigrants, my writing is an offering to the community of millions around the world who make our home in diaspora, and who have our citizenry challenged at every turn. To have my work recognized by the Institute for Immigration Research, which prioritizes the complexity of migration, and among such extraordinary finalists, moves me deeply. I'm extremely grateful and honored to receive the New American Voices Award for Infinite Country.”

Engel’s novel explores an immigrant family’s struggle of undocumented status and their divided existence between Bogotá and the US. With the ever menacing threat of being deported, a split family must weigh their allegiance to the past and to each other. The judges described Infinite Country as “engrossing and daring from the very first sentence. Engel tells the story . . . masterfully over the course of two decades, shifting perspectives, and employing Andean myths to give us insight into her characters. In the process, she demonstrates how neither time nor borders can contain this family's connection or their love.”

Register for the virtual award ceremony hosted by Fall for the Book at https://fallforthebook.org/navceremony2021/

Congratulations to Patricia Engel, winner of the 2021 IIR New American Voices Award for her book Infinite Crossing. Congratulations to our finalists Anthony Veasna So and Daisy Hernandez and thanks to our judges, Irena Reyn, Justin Torres, and Melissa Rivero.

After finding out she won, Engel said: “As the daughter of immigrants, my writing is an offering to the community of millions around the world who make our home in diaspora, and who have our citizenry challenged at every turn. To have my work recognized by the Institute for Immigration Research, which prioritizes the complexity of migration, and among such extraordinary finalists, moves me deeply. I'm extremely grateful and honored to receive the New American Voices Award for Infinite Country.”

Engel’s novel explores an immigrant family’s struggle of undocumented status and their divided existence between Bogotá and the US. With the ever menacing threat of being deported, a split family must weigh their allegiance to the past and to each other. The judges described Infinite Country as “engrossing and daring from the very first sentence. Engel tells the story . . . masterfully over the course of two decades, shifting perspectives, and employing Andean myths to give us insight into her characters. In the process, she demonstrates how neither time nor borders can contain this family's connection or their love.”

Register for the virtual award ceremony hosted by Fall for the Book at https://fallforthebook.org/navceremony2021/

09/22/2021

Happy #HispanicHeritageMonth! Today, we're introducing you to Rafael Alvarez, a Cuban American immigrant entrepreneur who founded Genesys Works to help underserved students access opportunities and higher education!
https://www.ilctr.org/entrepreneur-hof/rafael-alvarez/

The New American Voices Award 09/22/2021

The New American Voices Award

Register now for the 2021 IIR New American Voices Award ceremony on Friday, October 15. This year's finalists are Afterparty by Anthony Veasna So, The Kissing Bug by Daisy Hernandez, and Infinite Country by Patricia Engel. You can learn more, buy the finalists' books, and register at

The New American Voices Award 2021 New American Voices Award Fall for the Book and the Institute for Immigration Research created the New American Voices Award to recognize...

09/22/2021

The countdown to the #NobelPrize 2021 begins. Who will be the next Nobel Laureate in Physics? Maybe Dr. Hongjie Dai, an immigrant from China who teaches at Stanford University.

Stay tuned for more potential winners.

The countdown to the #NobelPrize 2021 begins. Who will be the next Nobel Laureate in Physics? Maybe Dr. Hongjie Dai, an immigrant from China who teaches at Stanford University.

Stay tuned for more potential winners.

Immigrant Stories from the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD Metro Areas 09/15/2021

Immigrant Stories from the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD Metro Areas

It's Hispanic Heritage Month. The IIR's Immigrant Stories project includes data and interviews that paint the story of immigrants from Latin America in the DC and Baltimore metro areas. We have stories from Bolivia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and more available at:

Immigrant Stories from the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD Metro Areas Click on a country of origin below to explore immigrant stories. Essential Workers Dominican...

Immigrant Nobel Prize Laureates 09/15/2021

Immigrant Nobel Prize Laureates

As part of its annual coverage of immigrant #NobelPrize winners, the Immigration Research is doing something different this year. In advance of the announcement of the 2021 Nobel Laureates, we will identify and highlight some of the top contenders in each category and discuss the role that international collaboration has played in their scientific careers.

Check in with us on Twitter (@IIRGMU) or Facebook in the coming weeks to cast your vote for who you think may be the next generation of Laureates, while also learning about the stories of some of the leading candidates and the international nature of their contributions to science, the arts, and world peace.

Immigrant Nobel Prize Laureates 2020 Leading Through Creativity and Innovation: The 2020 Nobel Laureates, MacArthur and Schmidt Science Fellows, and Immigrant...

Telling Migrant Stories 08/25/2021

Telling Migrant Stories

DC-area researchers, policy professionals, immigration activists, and students are invited to attend a two-day multidisciplinary workshop presented in partnership by Mason’s Folklore Program, the Institute for Immigration Research, and the Center for the Study of Social Change, Institutions and Policy (SCIP). Attendees will discuss how to best engage with and mobilize migrant and refugee narratives from different disciplinary perspectives. Registration is required and spaces are limited for this event. Please RSVP by September 6 to reserve your spot.

Telling Migrant Stories Telling Migrant Stories is a multidisciplinary workshop on migrant and refugee stories.

08/17/2021

Our colleague James Witte at Institute for Immigration Research-GMU joined Director of The ILC Public Education Institute Denzil Mohammed on the latest episode of the JobMakers podcast to discuss how to use data, research and storytelling to combat misinformation and disinformation about immigrants!
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
https://www.ilctr.org/promoting-immigrants/jobmakers-podcast/

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