International migration is currently a major engine of social and demographic change.  People moving from one country to another leads to racial and ethnic diversity and generates economic, cultural, and political transformation in both sending and host societies. The full impact of these changes is unclear and controversial, often sparking emotionally charged responses. Penn State sociology faculty members and graduate students are engaged in collaborative research that seeks to accurately documenting and understanding the causes and consequences of immigration.

Inaccurate depictions of immigrants are widespread.  Our goal is to provide a highly accurate portrayal of immigration and integration processes by using existing data and “tried-and-true” statistical and spatial analytic techniques.  When existing data and methods are unavailable, we have been collecting new data or tapping existing data sources in innovative ways to extend our understanding of the immigrant experience.

Questions Our Faculty and Graduate Students Are Asking About Migration

  • How are immigrants adapting to host societies, and how are host societies transformed by immigration?
  • What impact does legal status have on U.S. immigrants and their children?
  • How does migration influence the health and well-being of immigrants and their children?
  • How are communities changed by immigration, and how do they shape immigrant integration?