CFR Resources

Eleanor Albert, “The Rohingya Crisis,” Council on Foreign Relations, last updated December 5, 2018.

A brief backgrounder on one of the major international refugee crises of today presented in an approachable question-and-answer format. (2,100 words)

Claire Felter and Danielle Renwick, “The U.S. Immigration Debate,” Council on Foreign Relations, last updated July 2, 2018.

A look at the immigration debate and the actions various parts of the government are taking. (1,900 words)

Claire Felter and James McBride, “How Does the U.S. Refugee System Work?,” Council on Foreign Relations, last updated October 10, 2018.

A clear, easy-to-read backgrounder on U.S. policy on accepting refugees into the country. (2,000 words)

Claire Felter, “U.S. Temporary Foreign Worker Programs,” Council on Foreign Relations, May 30, 2017.

A short piece that demystifies the most common temporary foreign worker programs in the United States and explains their context. (1,500 words)
Jeanne Park, “Europe’s Migration Crisis,” Council on Foreign Relations, last updated September 23, 2015.

A backgrounder on the European migrant crisis that has been unfolding over the last few years. (3,400 words)

U.S. Postwar Immigration Policy,” Council on Foreign Relations.

An interactive timeline of how U.S. immigration policy has changed in the years since World War II. (3,300 words)


Tove Danovich, “Why Food Has Become a New Target for Nationalists,” Eater, June 30, 2017.

An article on how food has become one of many flash points in tensions over immigration in Europe. (1,700 words)

Derek Thompson, “How Immigration Became So Controversial,” Atlantic, February 2, 2018.

An overview of the politics of immigration in the United States. (1,800 words)


Michael Barbaro, “Carlos’s Secret,” The Daily, February 27, 2017.

The story of what happened when federal agents showed up in a small town that had overwhelmingly voted for Donald J. Trump and his campaign rhetoric became a reality. (23 minutes)

Lydia DePillis, Saluja Kulwant, and Denise Lu, “A Visual Guide to 75 Years of Major Refugee Crises Around the World,” Washington Post, December 21, 2015.

An outstanding data visualization that shows the relative size and duration of major refugee crises of the last seventy-five years.

Ekene Ijeoma, “The Refugee Project.”

An interactive data visualization of refugee populations across the world and over time.

Reverse Migration,” written by Joanne Gottesman and Randi Mandelbaum, visuals by Julie Winokur, Rachel Dennis, and Gareth Smit, Newest Americans.

A short documentary about two Guatemalan men who immigrate to New Jersey, and then decide to return home, illustrating the challenges migrants face. (16 minutes)

Wendy Zukerman, “Immigration,” Science Vs, Gimlet Media, March 9, 2017.

A fun, easy-to-understand podcast episode that looks at what happened in Alabama after thousands of migrant farm workers left the state, featuring interviews with three economists who help explain the effects. (50 minutes)


Tom Gjelten, A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story (2016).

An even-handed look at the last fifty years of immigration in the United States, told through the stories of a handful of families living in one county in Virginia. (405 pages)

Sonia Nazario, Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite With His Mother (2007).

The story of a young refugee who traveled alone through Mexico to the United States; based on a Pulitzer Prize–winning series in the Los Angeles Times. (359 pages)

Ben Rawlence, City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp (2017).

The story of Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, one of the largest in the world, told through the lives of nine residents. (384 pages)

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