Research Publications

Foreign-Born

New Bostonians 2013-2014

This Power Point presentation provides demographic and economic data on Boston's foreign-born population. It includes details on race, countries of origin, languages spoken at home, education attainment, income and more.

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Contributions of Immigrant Labor to the American Economy: A Different Take

Immigrants contribute to the American economy as workers, consumers, business owners, entrepreneurs, and investors. However, instead of merely considering the contributions that immigrant laborers make to the economy once they arrive, one must also account for what their home economies have contributed to them before they emigrate. This paper looks at the process of production and reproduction of immigrant labor using educational costs as an example.

High-skilled Immigrants in the Massachusetts Civilian Labor Force

Immigrants are an increasingly important source of labor for the Massachusetts economy. This presentation explores immigrant workers in Massachusetts with a Bachelor's degree or higher, defined as "high-skilled."

High-skilled Immigrants in the Massachusetts Civilian Labor Force: U.S./Foreign Degree

This presentation examines high-skilled immigrant workers in Massachusetts (defined as having a Bachelor's degree or higher) and where they obtained their degree: in the U.S. or in their home country.

New Bostonians 2012

New Bostonians 2012 is our latest overview of the foreign-born population in Boston. This report provides a demographic and economic snapshot of Boston's foreign-born population. This recent update contains new data and calculations using the most recent American Community Survey, a yearly survey by the U.S. Census Bureau to allow communities to see how they are changing in the years between decennial censuses.

Imagine all the People - Colombian

"imagine all the people" is a series produced by the Boston Redevelopment Authority Research Division for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians that highlights immigrant communities and their contributions to Boston's social, cultural and economic life.

Boston's Foreign Born Population

A presentation given by Alvaro Lima, Director of the BRA's Research Division, to the Success in Working with English Language Learners workshop at the Boston's Children's Museum to a group of educators of after school programs.

Transnationalism - A New Mode of Immigration Integration

In this paper presented at Securing the Dream: Power, Progress, Prosperity, the Statewide Latino Public Policy Conference produced by the Mauricio Gaston Institute, in September 2010, Alvaro Lima, BRA's Director of Research discusses globalization, immigration, and transnationalism and examines policy implications.

Briefing Book - Demographic Profile

The BRA's Research Division provided data and analysis for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians (MONB) first New Bostonians Summit held on March 31, 2010. The Demographic Profile of the Foreign-Born in Boston is a Summit briefing book about the demographic characteristics of Boston's foreign-born population over time.

Briefing Book - Education

The BRA's Research Division provided data and analysis for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians (MONB) first New Bostonians Summit held on March 31, 2010. The Education and the Foreign-Born in Boston is a Summit briefing book about the differences in the educational attainment between Boston's native-born and foreign-born population.

Briefing Book - ESOL

The BRA's Research Division provided data and analysis for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians (MONB) first New Bostonians Summit held on March 31, 2010. The English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Programs in Boston is a Summit briefing book focusing on ESOL students in Boston and how well they are performing in Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) funded language-learning courses.

Briefing Book - Labor Market Trends

The BRA's Research Division provided data and analysis for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians (MONB) first New Bostonians Summit held on March 31, 2010. The Labor Market Trends is a Summit briefing book that looks at Metro Boston's current labor market and workforce, highlighting the importance of education and language skills both currently and in the future.

New Bostonians Summit Presentation

The BRA's Research Division provided data and analysis for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians (MONB) first New Bostonians Summit held on March 31, 2010. This presentation given by Alvaro Lima, Director of Research, at the Summit, highlights and discusses the importance of education and language skills to the labor market, both current and for the future, and its accompanying economic impact.

Transnationalism - What it Means to Local Communities

An article written by Alvaro Lima, the BRA's Director of Research titled, "Transnationalism: What it Means to Local Communities," is featured in the Winter 2010, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Communities & Banking. Much has been written about transnational immigrants -people who move to a new country but keep strong economic, social, and political connections with their countries of origin. Not enough has been understood, however, about transnationals' contribution to their local communities.

Mediating Integration

This article published in REMHU - Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana, by Mark Melnik, the BRA's Deputy Director for Research and Alvaro Lima, the Director of Research, and others, features a case study of selected immigrant organizations from Greater Boston's largest Latino immigrant communities. Conducting interviews with leaders from these organizations, the research finds connections and alliances crucial for social integration and transnationalism.

New Bostonians 2009

New Bostonians 2009 is an update to the New Bostonians 2005, a demographic and economic snapshot of Boston's foreign-born population, prepared for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians by the BRA Research Division. This recent update contains new data and calculations using the most recent American Community Survey, a yearly survey by the U.S. Census Bureau to allow communities to see how they are changing in the years between decennial censuses.

Imagine all the People - Brazilian

"imagine all the people" is a series produced by the Boston Redevelopment Authority Research Division for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians that highlights immigrant communities and their contributions to Boston's social, cultural and economic life. This recently updated profile contains the new data and calculations using the most recent American Community Survey, a yearly survey by the U.S. Census Bureau to allow communities to see how they are changing in the years between decennial censuses.

Imagine all the People - Dominican (Spanish)

This recently updated profile contains the new data and calculations using the most recent American Community Survey, a yearly survey by the U.S. Census Bureau to allow communities to see how they are changing in the years between decennial censuses. "imagine all the people" is a series produced by the Boston Redevelopment Authority Research Division for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians that highlights immigrant communities and their contributions to Boston's social, cultural and economic life.

Imagine all the People - Dominican

"imagine all the people" is a series produced by the Boston Redevelopment Authority Research Division for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians that highlights immigrant communities and their contributions to Boston's social, cultural and economic life.

Imagine all the People - Foreign Born (Spanish)

Produced by the Boston Redevelopment Authority's Research Division for the Mayor's Office of New Bostononians this is the introduction to the "imagine all the people" series that highlights immigrant communities and their contributions to Boston's social, cultural, and economic life. This recently updated profile contains new data and calculations using the most recent American Community Survey, a yearly survey by the U.S. Census Bureau to allow communities to see how they are changing in the years between decennial censuses.

Imagine all the People - Haitian (Creole)

This recently updated profile is in Creole and contains the new data and calculations using the most recent American Community Survey, a yearly survey by the U.S. Census Bureau to allow communities to see how they are changing in the years between decennial censuses. "imagine all the people" is a series produced by the Boston Redevelopment Authority Research Division for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians that highlights immigrant communities and their contributions to Boston's social, cultural and economic life.

Imagine all the People - Haitian

"imagine all the people" is a series produced by the Boston Redevelopment Authority Research Division for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians that highlights immigrant communities and their contributions to Boston's social, cultural and economic life. This recently updated profile contains the new data and calculations using the most recent American Community Survey, a yearly survey by the U.S. Census Bureau to allow communities to see how they are changing in the years between decennial censuses.

Imagine all the People - Hispanic (Spanish)

Produced by the Boston Redevelopment Authority's Research Division for the Mayor's Office of New Bostononians this is a profile of the Hispanic population in Boston translated in Spanish. The "imagine all the people" series highlights immigrant communities and their economic contributions to Boston's social, cultural, and economic life. This profile includes all Hispanics living in Boston, both native-born and foreign-born.

Imagine all the People - Hispanic

Produced by the Boston Redevelopment Authority's Research Division for the Mayor's Office of New Bostononians this is a profile of the Hispanic population in Boston. The "imagine all the people" series highlights immigrant communities and their economic contributions to Boston's social, cultural, and economic life. This profile includes all Hispanics living in Boston, both native-born and foreign-born.

Insight - The New Pilgrims

This report analyzes the potential short-term impact on the state's budget and the long-term impact on the state's economy of the proposed legislation to allow undocumented immigrant students to qualify for in-state tuition rates at Massachusetts colleges and universities.