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Contributors: Alyn Jay Libman, Janice Kimball
Berkeley Labor Guide Series Editor: Terry Huwe

This guide presents recent book publications, journal articles, news sources, Library of Congress Subject Headings for searching library databases, and Web sites.  Books have UCB library call numbers whenever the book is locally held.  To locate electronic copies of journal articles, open the University Library Web page in your Web browser as follows:
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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Use these subject headings when searching library catalogues (UCB Pathfinder, Melvyl, or other research collections such as Harvard or Stanford).  Use the subject heading option for retrieval.  These headings can be combined with other search field for more targeted results; consult the local “help” sections to find out how each catalogue you search is organized.  These headings will also have value as search strings in Google Scholar (but may return different results than a library catalogue would).  There many related headings and sub-headings, so it may also be useful to browse the subject heading list.

Emigration and immigration – economic aspects
Immigration and family
Immigrants – California
Migrant labor
Internal Migration
Children of migrant laborers
Immigrants – government policy – United States
Emigration and Immigration law – United States
Aliens – United States
Emigration and immigration – government policy – United States
Immigrants – Government Policy- California


American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons. By Mark Dow. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. (JV6483.D69 2004 Main, Moffitt)

Dow provides a brief history of immigration laws and practices including the aftermath of September 11th and current policies. His book exposes the repressive nature of immigration detention.

Children of Immigration. By Carola Suarez-Orozco. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001. (HQ792.U5.S83 2001 Anthropology, Moffitt, Main)

Suarez-Orozco’s study provides insight as to how immigrant children fare in America. Her book addresses many issues including the special needs of immigrant children and what America can do to accommodate them.

Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life (Second Edition). By Roger Daniels. New York: Perennial, 2002. (E184.A1.D26 2002 Moffitt, Main, Ethnic Studies)

Encyclopedic in breadth and a good primer for anyone looking to understand America’s history of immigration.

Crossing the Border: Research from the Mexican Migration Project. Edited by Jorge Durand and Douglas S. Massey. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2004. (E184.M5.C78 2004 Anthro, Main, Bancroft, IIRL)

Using data from the Mexican Migration Project, the largest and most comprehensive source of information on Mexican immigrants available, scholars answer questions such as: who are the people that migrate to the U.S.? Why do they come? How effective is U.S. migration policy in meeting its goals?

Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America. By Daniel Tichenor. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002. (JV6483.T494 2002 Main, Moffitt)

Tichenor provides an in-depth look at U.S. immigration policy and reform while connecting the historical and political consequences to larger themes and theoretical frameworks within America.

Doméstica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence. By Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. (HD6072.2.U52.L674 2001 Bancroft, Anthro, Main, IIRL)

Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America. Edited by Ruben G. Rumbaut and Alejandro Portes. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. 9E184.A1.E848 2001 Anthro, Main, Soc Wel, Ethnic Studies)

The contributors to this volume systematically probe the adaptation patterns and trajectories of ethnic groups while providing a close look at the second generation by focusing on youth of diverse national origins. The book also examines the findings and provides the political and theoretical implications within the context of this research.

Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America. By Cecilia Menjivar. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. (F869.S39.S155 2000 Bancroft, Ethnic Studies, Anthro, Main, Soc Wel)

Unlike many other studies of immigrant life, Menjivar claims that hostile immigration policies, declining economic opportunities, and lack of resources cause decreased expectations among immigrants and their relatives. This book also examines how class, gender, and age affect access to social networks and resources.

Gender and U.S. Immigration: Contemporary Trends. Edited by Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. (JV6602.G457 2003 Main, IIRL, Moffitt)

This book examines the intersection of gender and immigration in a collection of essays by pioneers in their respective fields.

Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present. Edited by Matthew J. Gibney and Randall Hansen. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2005. (JV6012.I56 2005 Doe Ref)

A comprehensive and salient collection of over 200 articles that provides a historical examination of immigration from 1900 to the present. This encyclopedia focuses on four areas related to immigration and asylum: legal aspects, migrant groups in diaspora, historical considerations for immigration and asylum, and political aspects.

Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. By Mae M Ngai. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004. (KF4800.N485 2004 Main, Moffitt)

Ngai examines the role of “illegal alien” in modern American discourse while offering a powerful analysis of how conceptions of “America” have been shaped by the very people America holds in legally liminal status.

Mass Immigration and the National Interest: Policy Directions for the New Century. By Vernon M. Briggs. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2003. (JV6483.B75 2003 IIRL, Main)

As one of the nation’s leading institutional labor economists, Briggs’ work on the economic history of U.S. immigration policy examines the labor market consequences of immigration.

Migration Theory: Talking Across the Disciplines. Edited by Caroline B. Brettell, James F. Hollifield. New York: Routledge, 2000. (JV6035.M545 2000 Main)

This collection examines key concepts, questions, and theories about immigration from multiple perspectives while providing a dialogue across academic disciplines.

Other Immigrants: The Global Origins of the American People. By David R. Reimers. New York: New York University Press, 2005. (E184.A1.R4435 2005 Anthro, Main, Moffitt, Ethnic Studies)

Reimers’ book explains the contributions that migrants of color made and continue to make to America’s economy, society and culture.

Queer Migrations: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and board crossings. Edited by Eithne Luibheid and Lionel Cantu Jr. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. (HQ76.3.L29.Q56 2005 Main)

Despite the large amount of literature published on immigration, not a lot of attention has been devoted to queer immigrants of color. This collection draws scholars of immigration, citizenship, sexuality, race, and ethnicity to provide analysis of discourses that affect queer immigrants.

Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market. By Eric Schlosser. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. (HD2346.U52.S34 2003 Moffitt)

This book examines America’s underground economy including the pornography industry, growing marijuana, and the labor of illegal immigrants growing strawberries in California.

Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights. By Jennifer Gordon. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005. (HD8081.A5.G67 2005 Main, Bus & Econ)

Using individual testimonies collected by the Workplace Project in conjunction with economic theory, Gordon examines immigrant labor in the United States. Gordon’s study raises questions about the future of immigrant rights and the causes behind sweatshop work.

The Geography of Immigrant Labor Markets: Space, Networks, and Gender. By Virginia Parks. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2005. (HD8081.A5.P365 2005 Main)

Parks’ study illustrates the importance of household, neighborhood, and geography in shaping the gendered immigrant labor markets of Los Angeles.

The Human Cost of Food: Farmworkers’ Lives, Labor, and Advocacy. Edited by Charles D. Thompson, Jr. and Melinda F. Wiggins. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002. (HD1527.S85.H86 2002 Bioscience)

Transforming Politics, Transforming America: The Political and Civic Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States. Edited by Taeku Lee, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, and Ricardo Ramirez. Charolottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2006 (forthcoming).

Focusing on the period from 1965 to the year 2020, this volume tackles the fundamental yet relatively neglected questions, What is the meaning of citizenship, and what is its political relevance? How are immigrants changing our notions of racial and ethnic categorization? How is immigration transforming our understanding of mobilization, participation, and political assimilation?

With These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today. By Daniel Rothenberg. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1998. (HD1525.R786 1998 Ethnic Studies, Moffitt, Bioscience)

Rothenberg’s book exposes the conditions suffered by migrant farmworkers through relating stories from over 250 interviews with illegal immigrants and workers.

Journal Articles

The Academic Trajectories of Immigrant Youths: Analysis Within and Across Cohorts
Jennifer E. Glick, Michael J. White
Demography, Vol. 40, No. 4 (November 2003), pp. 759-783.

Brown-Collar Jobs: Occupational Segregation and Earnings of Recent-Immigrant Latinos
Lisa Catanzarite
Sociological Perspectives, Vol. 43, No. 1, (2000), pp. 45-75.

Do Enclaves Matter in Immigrant Adjustment?

Barry R. Chiswick, Paul W. Miller
City and Community, Vol. 4, No. 1 (March, 2005), pp. 5-35.

Do Immigrant Inflows Lead to Native Outflows?
David Card, John DiNardo
The American Economic Review, Vol. 90, No. 2 (May, 2000) pp. 360-367.

A Double Disadvantage? Minority Group, Immigrant Status, and Underemployment in the United States

Gordon F. De Jong, Anna B. Madamba
Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 82, No. 1 (March, 2001), pp. 117-130.

Household Composition, Family Migration, and Community Context: Migrant Remittances in Four Countries
Mariano Sana and Douglas S. Massey
Social Science Quarterly, (June 2005) Vol. 86, No. 2, pp. 509-528
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A study of migrant remittances among households surveyed in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, & Costa Rica, testing expectations derived from the new economics of labor migration (NELM) & from the historic-structural approach.

Immigrant Incorporation in the Garment Industry of Los Angeles
Ivan Light, Richard B. Bernard, Rebecca Kim
International Immigration Review, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Spring, 1999), pp. 5-25.

Immigrant Workers and the Great American Job Machine: The Contributions of New Foreign Immigration to National and Regional Labor Force Growth in the 1990s
Andrew Sum, Neeta Fogg, Paul Harrington, Ishwar Khatiwada, Mykhaylo Trub’skyy, Sheila Palma
Center for Labor Market Studies, Working Paper (August, 2002) pp. 1-47.

Immigrant Workers Ask Labor “Which Side Are You On?”
David Bacon
WorkingUSA, Vol. 3, No. 5 (January/February, 2000), pp. 7-18.

Immigration and Politics
Wayne A. Cornelius, Marc R. Rosenblum
Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 8 (June, 2005), pp. 99-119.

Immigration and Rural America: Latinos’ Perceptions of Work and Residence in Three Meatpacking Communities
Community, Work, & Family, Vol. 8, No. 2 (May, 2005), pp. 163-185.

Immigration Law and Practice in the United States: A Selective Bibliography
Edwin R. Schander
International Migration Review, Vol. 12, No. 1. (Spring, 1978), pp. 117-127.

The Labor Demand Curve is Downward and Sloping: Reexamining the Impact of Immigration on the Labor Market
George J. Borjas
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 118, No. 4 (November, 2003), pp. 1335-1374.

Labor Market Assimilation and the Self-Employment Decision of Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Magnus Lofstrom
Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 15, No. 1 (January, 2002), pp. 83-114.

Measuring the International Mobility of Skilled Workers (1990-2000): Release 1.0

Frederic Docquier, Abdeslam Marfouk
The World Bank, Policy Research Working Paper Series: 3381 2004
In this paper, Docquier and Marfouk provide new estimates of skilled workers' emigration rates for about 190 countries in 2000 and 170 countries in 1990, in both developing and industrial countries. Using various statistical sources, they revisit Carrington and Detragiache's measures by incorporating information on immigrants' educational attainment and country of origin from almost all OECD countries.

Mexican Labour Migration to the United States in the Age of Globalization
Alejandro I. Canales
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (July 2003) Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 741-761
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The objective of this paper is to review the evolution of Mexican migration to the US in a historical context, paying due attention to economic factors in both countries &, for more recent analysis, setting the globalization context.

Mexico-US Migration: Views from Both Sides of the Border
Kenneth Hill, Rebeca Wong
Population and Development Review (March 2005) Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 1-18
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This article applies residual estimation techniques to data from the 1990 & 2000 population censuses of Mexico & the United States (Mexico-born population) to quantify the intercensal migration flow, arguing that the reasons why unauthorized migrants might avoid enumeration in the United States would not adversely affect data from Mexico.

Migration between Mexico and the United States and Economic Intergration
Raul Delgado Wise, Oscar Manan Garcia
Politica y Cultura (Spring 2005) Vol. 23, pp.  9-23
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Under the current economic integration plans, the model for growth in Mexico has been subordinated to the industrial restructuring of the U.S. Although this is useful for the U.S. economy, it represents a short-term way out that it will be difficult to maintain into the longer term.

Migration Policies for the Highly Skilled in the Asia-Pacific Region
Robyn IredaleInternational Migration Review (Fall 2000) Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 882-906
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The major trends and patterns of skilled worker’s migration are examined within the various policy frameworks that enable such movements to occur. Issues of transferability of skills and protection of jobs for nationals are examined within this context. Regional agreements and the possible creation of a regional labor market under APEC are discussed.

Networks in the Modern Economy: Mexican Migrants in the U.S. Labor Market
Kaivan Munshi
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 118, No. 2 (May, 2003), pp. 549-599.

No One is Illegal: Organizing Beyond Left Nationalism in Fortress North America
J.A. Shantz
Socialism and Democracy, Vol. 19, No. 2 (July, 2005), pp. 179-185.

Restructuring at the Source: High-Skilled Industrial Migration from Mexico to the United States
Ruben Hernandez-Leon
Work and Occupations (November 2004) Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 424-452
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The Role of the Family in Immigrants’ Labor-Market Activity: An Evaluation of Alternative Explanations: Comment
Francine D. Blau, Lawrence M. Kahn, Joan Y. Moriarty, Andre Portela Souza
The American Economic Review, Vol. 93, No. 1 (March 2003), pp. 429-447.

Skilled Migration: The Perspective of Developing Countries
Frederic Docquier, Hillel RapoportThe World Bank, Policy Research Working Paper Series: 3382 2004
Docquier and Rapoport focus on the consequences of skilled migration for developing countries. They first present new evidence on the magnitude of migration of skilled workers at the international level and then discuss its direct and indirect effects on human capital formation in developing countries in a unified stylized model. Finally they turn to policy implications, with emphasis on migration and education policy in a context of globalized labor markets.

Skilled Temporary and Permanent Immigrants in the United States
Lindsay B. Lowell
Population Research and Policy Review (April 2001) Vol. 20, Nos. 1-2, pp. 33-58
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The paper first defines the various temporary and permanent admission categories. It presents available statistics on the occupations of temporary migrants upon admission and upon adjustment to permanent residency, especially since the Immigration Act of 1990 went into effect in 1992. Secondly, the paper reviews the literature on the labor market impact of temporary migrants in academics and in the private sector.

Social and Economic Aspects of Immigration
Douglas S. Massey
Annals of the New YorkAcademy of Sciences, (2004), pp. 206-212.

Sources of Mexico’s Migration Stream: Rural, Urban and Border Migrants to the United States
Elizabeth Fussell
Social Forces (March 2004) Vol. 82, No. 3, pp. 937-967
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Using the Mexican Migration Project data with expanded geographic coverage, the paper identifies the streams & examines how differences in the origin community in terms of family-based migration-related social capital, internal migration experience, & labor force participation shape the likelihood that men in the community initiate & continue migratory trips.

Undocumented Workers and New Migration Destinations
Ana Maria Aragones Castaner, Timothy Dunn
Politica y Cultura (Spring 2005) Vol. 23, pp. 43-65
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This paper studies the new economic conditions that give rise to migratory flows under the aegis of globalization. It analyzes new working processes based on increased labor flexibility & deregulation, which favor the employment of migrant workers &, most particularly, of undocumented migrants.

Welfare Reform, Labor Supply, and Health Insurance in the Immigrant Population

George J. Borjas
National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper No. 9781, (June, 2003), pp. 1-45.

Web Sites

Labor in South Asia Web Resources
University of California Berkeley’s South/Southeast Asia Library
The South/Southeast Asia Library (S/SEAL) is the Berkeley campus library reference center for South and Southeast Asian social sciences and humanities. SSEAL includes an extensive reference collection of bibliographies, indexes, dictionaries, atlases, directories, statistical annuals and core works, as well as current issues of high-use periodicals.

Asia Monitor Resource Center
Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC) is an independent NGO focusing on labor concerns in Asia and the Pacific. The Center provides trade unions, pro-labor groups, related NGOs, academics, researchers, and professionals on labor issues with information, publications, documentation, internships, and conducts research and training for trade unions.

Center for Migration Studies
The Center for Migration Studies of New York is one of the premier institutes for migration studies in the United States. It is committed to facilitating the study of socio-demographic, historical, economic, political, legislative and pastoral aspects of human migration and refugee movements.  CMS performs a critical function in migration studies as it generates and facilitates the dissemination of new knowledge and fosters of effective policymaking. CMS brings an independent perspective to the interdisciplinary study of international migration and refugees without the institutional constraints of government analysts and special interest groups, or the profit considerations of private research firms

Institute for the Study of International Migration
The Institute for the Study of International Migration [ISIM] is affiliated with the Law Center at Georgetown University. ISIM focuses on all aspects of international migration, including the causes of and potential responses to population movements, immigration and refugee law and policy, comparative migration studies, the integration of immigrants into their host societies, and the effects of international migration on social, economic, demographic, foreign policy and national security concerns. ISIM also studies internal displacement, with particular attention to the forced movements of people for reasons that would make them refugees if they crossed an international border.

Migration Dialogue
Migration Dialogue provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues through five major activities: the newsletters Migration News and Rural Migration News, Changing Face and other Research & Seminars, and the CEME project. The Cooperative Efforts to Manage Emigration (CEME) project examines ways in which immigration destinations can work more effectively with source and transit countries to coordinate movements and reduce emigration pressures.

Center for Immigration Studies
The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization founded in 1985. It is the nation's only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States.  It is the Center's mission to expand the base of public knowledge and understanding of the need for an immigration policy that gives first concern to the broad national interest.

The Urban Institute, Immigration Studies Program
The Immigration Studies Program addresses many of the critical issues that surround the integration of newcomers. For instance, immigrants are increasingly dispersed across the United States, settling in smaller cities, towns and rural areas. Immigrant populations are growing especially rapidly in Southeastern, Midwestern, and interior Western states, many of which have little experience in incorporating newcomers. How these states and communities deal with the challenges involved in integrating these new populations is one central area of our research.

National Immigration Forum
Established in 1982, the National Immigration Forum is the nation’s premier immigrant rights organization. The Forum is dedicated to embracing and upholding America’s tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair to and supportive of newcomers to our country.

Mexican Migration Project
The Mexican Migration Project was created in 1982 by an interdisciplinary team of researchers to further our understanding of the complex process of Mexican migration to the United States. Since its inception, the MMP's main focus has been to gather social as well as economic information on Mexican-US migration. The data collected has been compiled in a comprehensive database that is available to the public for research and educational purposes through this web-site.

Scalabrini Migration Center(SMC)
The Scalabrini Migration Center (SMC) is a non-profit research institute established in 1987 and based in Manila, Philippines. SMC is dedicated to encourage and facilitate the study of socio-demographic, economic, political, psychological, historical, legislative and religious aspects of human migration and refugee movements from and within Asia.

SMC is a member of the Federation of Centers for Migration Studies (FCMS) "G.B. Scalabrini," which is responsible for the publication of some of the major journals on migration studies. SMC is also an associate member of the UNESCO-MOST Asia-Pacific Migration Research Network (APMRN) and of the Philippine Migration Research Network (PMRN).

TRAC Immigration
TRAC's Immigration Project is a unique new multi-year effort to systematically go after very detailed information from the government, check it for accuracy and completeness and then make it available in an understandable way to the American people, Congress, immigration groups and others. The project is supported by the JEHT Foundation, the Ford Foundation and Syracuse University.

TRAC seeks to separate clearly written reports on important immigration matters — administrative enforcement, criminal enforcement, staffing, etc. It is developing a special TRAC tool that provides one-click access to the very latest monthly data on the criminal enforcement of the immigration laws, along with a clear explanatory text. It provides an extensive library of reports on immigration matters by the GAO, CRS and inspectors general. The site includes a plain English glossary of frequently used words and acronyms common to the immigration world.

Search Tips and Sources


Sociological Abstracts
Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
Expanded Academic ASAP

Journals that Cover Migration Issues

International Migration
Blackwell Publishing

Asian Pacific Migration Journal
The Scalabrini Migration Center (SMC)
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Latin American Perspectives
Sage Publishers
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Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Taylor and Francis Publishers
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The International migration review : IMR.
Center for Migration Studies
Main Stack  JV6001.I78

Migration world magazine
Center for Migration Studies
Main Stack  JV6001.M53

Useful Search Strings to Use:
migrant worker
undocumented immigrants
labor migration
international migration
immigration policy
migration remittances 
Latin America
Southeast Asia
skilled workers
brain drain