Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives

Economic Migration to the United States

To study the challenges and opportunities of skilled immigration flows to the United States, in 2020, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University Qatar is launching a new project to explore the dynamics of “Economic Migration to the United States.” This aim is to bring together a group of scholars and experts to identify core areas of research that need to be undertaken to deepen our knowledge of the phenomenon. Some of the areas of focus that we are aiming to include in this research effort, along with additional areas: the fluidity and challenges of migration categories, skilled migration and the changing spectrum of U.S. immigration policy, migrants’ and employment in the U.S., the H-1B visa program, international student mobility and migration, gender and migration in the U.S. The project also aims to include particular areas of focus from different geographic lenses – so will include cases studies of economic migrants from East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. 

The United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world, with every country in the world represented among its immigrant population. While Mexico is one of the major countries of origin for migrants coming to the United States, there are also large numbers of migrants who originate from China, India, the Philippines, and El Salvador. Migration patterns and motives vary across different populations and countries.

  • To read more about the Economic Migration to the United States Roundtable Meeting click here.
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