New Research: Measuring Global Migration Potential

I ran across a recent report from the International Organization for Migration (an arm of the UN Migration Agency) that is worth sharing here on the website. The research brief takes up the task of predicting future global migration patterns. Of course, this kind of work is speculative and the brief admits as much. It…

In the news: Where immigrant growth matters most

Today, I want to draw your attention to another research article from the Brookings institute concerning migration in the United States. Notice I said migration, not immigration. Of course, this article deals with the latter, but there is more going on that foreign-born people moving into the US. Instead, this article compares two very important…

In the News: In Houston’s Katy suburb, a Venezuelan population thrives

They call it "Katy-zuela." According to a recent article by Sebastian Herrera in the Houston Chronicle, half of the 11,000 Venezuelan homes in the Houston area are in Katy, a western suburb. Now there are several points of importance in that one statistic. First, let us start with the simple fact that the Chronicle finds…

Two Kinds of Migration are Producing the New American City

Today I want to draw your attention to a news article of significance. It is written by Richard Florida, an urban studies theorist and author of Who's Your City?. Florida's book is an excellent read, and this little article sums up some of his points in sterling fashion. The article is titled, Two Very Different Types of Migrations…

Here’s a fun way to understand people group communities

I talk a lot about people group communities or people group pockets forming in cities here in the US. In short, as migration continues around the US, many of these people groups moving to here will find a way to locate in the same areas. They form communities and social circles that will have their…

When Borders Get Crossed: Why We Should Care About Aylan Kurdi

There is something about a picture, an icon, that galvanizes emotions and sets one's conscience. The recent image of little Aylan Kurdi, washed up dead on a Turkish beach, is that image for the current migrant crisis in Europe. I call it a migrant crisis, because it is much more than a wave of immigration.…

In the News: “Building Afromerica”

African festivals like this one in Harlem are increasingly common across the United States. Photo credit: James Nova on FlickrAs part of our ongoing conversation concerning the Peoples Next Door project, I am starting a new series on the blog called, "In the News." In this series, I will draw attention to articles and research…