Institute for Immigration Research-GMU

The IIR is a joint venture between George Mason University and The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

The Institute for Immigration Research [IIR] conducts unbiased research to educate policymakers, media, teachers, students and the business community about the contributions of immigrants as entrepreneurs, workers and consumers. IIR is located within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University and works closely with the Center for Social Science Research at Mason, a mu

Operating as usual

2022 National Service and Civic Engagement Research Grants 10/11/2022

2022 National Service and Civic Engagement Research Grants AmeriCorps completed the 2022 National Service and Civic Engagement Funding Opportunity, resulting in 21 awards to universities based in 16 states and territories across the nation. These grants, totaling $3.7 million will support research of civic engagement, social cohesion, volunteering and natio...

5th Annual New American Voices Award Ceremony 10/06/2022

Don't forget to register for the 5th Annual New American Voices Award Ceremony on October 13th at 7:30pm!

This ceremony is part of the festival from October 12th-15th

Register here:

5th Annual New American Voices Award Ceremony Thursday, October 13, 2022 7:30 PM EDT: Join the IIR and Fall for the Book as we hear from the three finalist immigrant writers and celebrate the...


In its Plyler v Doe decision in 1982, the US Supreme Court extended a free, public K-12 education to all students regardless of immigration status. Today, that decision is being challenged.

Learn all about Plyler in our new report and fact sheet by IIR graduate research assistant Amanda Warner.


We are hiring an Assistant Director. Do you want to conduct immigration research at a major research university in a diverse area of the country? Do you like to manage project, host events, and build relationships? More information at


We recently released new survey data examining Americans' attitudes towards immigrants in 7 cities: Boston, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, and Seattle. We learned that having frequent and friendly interactions with immigrants in your local area leads to positive feelings about immigrants nationally. See the results for all 7 cities at

James Witte and Marissa Kiss column: Immigrant athletes can become agents of change 07/26/2022

IIR's Dr. James Witte and Dr. Marissa Kiss just published on op ed on the value of foreign-born athletes for teams, their communities, and the US.

"Like other foreign-born athletes playing high-profile sports in the United States, [Soto's] come to embody the worth of diversity. It helps bring communities together by fostering a greater understanding and inclusion of immigrants generally, as well as championing the success of other Dominican athletes."

James Witte and Marissa Kiss column: Immigrant athletes can become agents of change By James Witte and Marissa Kiss


Did you miss our webinar last week on Immigrants, Athletes, and Inclusion? You're in luck! The recording is now available on our website at


Shohei Ohtani and other foreign-born players are having a huge influence on baseball and other sports in the US. Do you want to learn more about how immigrant athletes impact sports? Are you interested in how immigrants in sports can lead to greater understanding and inclusion in the US? Join us for our upcoming webinar on June 1 at 3pm EST. Register at:


Congratulations to all of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize winners, including 4 immigrant winners
Fahmida Azim, Bangladesh
Anthony Del Col, Canada
Marcus Yam, Malaysia
Ada Ferrer, Cuba


Happy Mothers' Day from the IIR. Looking for stories of immigrant mothers and their families? Check out our IIR New American Voices Award finalists: The Affairs of the Falcones by Melissa Rivera, Infinite Country by Patricia Engel, and Miracle Creek by Angie Kim. Learn more at


There are 34 foreign-born players on the remaining NBA playoff teams, including some superstars and MVPs. The Dallas Mavericks lead with 7 immigrant players followed by the Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks with 6 each. What impact will these immigrant athletes have on the games?


We're proud to announce the Immigrants, Athletes, and Inclusion initiative. Immigrants make up 14% of the US population, but much larger shares of US sports. For example, more than 25% of Major League Baseball players are foreign born. And some of these immigrant athletes are among the best of the best. The Immigrants, Athletes, and Inclusion team explores the extent of immigrant inclusion in sports and how immigrant athletes can lead to greater understanding and acceptance. Learn more at

Research, Publications, and Presentations 04/14/2022

Should Russian athletes be punished for the actions of their government? Should they be forced to publicly proclaim their opposition to the war in Ukraine? There are 55 Russians playing in the NHL right now and some people want them banned or deported. Is this possible? Read Dr. Michele Waslin's newest commentary on immigrants, athletes, exclusion, and war at

Research, Publications, and Presentations Commentary Immigration, Athletes, War, and Exclusion by Michele Waslin, PhD This commentary examines recent...

2021-2022 Events 04/13/2022

Great news for those who missed our webinar on Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Virginia! The recording is now available on our website:
Check out the resources provided by our panelists and participants for additional ways to support immigrants in higher education.

2021-2022 Events Past Events Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Virginia Tuesday, March 29, 2022 1-2pm EDT This event was co-sponsored by the...

Immigrant Integration 04/08/2022

Just out! the IIR released our findings on attitudes toward immigrants in 7 US metro areas (Baltimore/DC, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, and Seattle). One takeaway is that frequent interaction with immigrants in your neighborhood affects national views on immigration.

Immigrant Integration Views of Immigrants in the Contemporary United States by James C. Witte, Ismail Nooraddini, and Cassius Modiasan Hossfeld April...

Research, Publications, and Presentations 04/07/2022

It's baseball's opening day! Nearly 1/3 of all MLB players and 1/2 of all minor league players are foreign born. We almost didn't get to opening day because of a 99 day lockout and disagreements between owners and players. A new Collective Bargaining Agreement was finally signed that will impact the future direction of baseball. In this new commentary, Dr. Marissa Kiss explains how the new CBA impacts international players, salaries and bonuses, international exhibition games, and the international draft.

Research, Publications, and Presentations Commentary 3 Ways Major League Baseball's New 2022-2026 Collective Bargaining Agreement Impacts International...


Women's History Month


Do you want to know more about immigrant students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities? Are you interested in how colleges and universities support their immigrant communities and give them the tools to be successful? Join our webinar on March 29th and hear from top experts. Register at


Women’s History Month


Happy International Women’s Day!


Team USA won gold and silver in monobob. Gold medalist Kallie Humphries had competed for Canada before becoming a US citizen last year. Congratulations Kaillie!!


The ice dancing competition has begun at the Olympics and TeamUSA's Jean-Luc Baker and his partner are in 11th place. Jean-Luc is an immigrant from England who came to the US as a child with his parents. Good luck TeamUSA!!

Want your school to be the top-listed School/college in Fairfax?

Click here to claim your Sponsored Listing.

Videos (show all)




4400 University Drive MSN# 1D7
Fairfax, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5am
Tuesday 9am - 5am
Wednesday 9am - 5am
Thursday 9am - 5am
Friday 9am - 5am
Other Fairfax schools & colleges (show all)
Acting for Young People Acting for Young People

AFYP provides actors of all ages with professional-level training in a supportive and fun environmen

Truro Preschool and Kindergarten Truro Preschool and Kindergarten
10520 Main Street
Fairfax, 22030

We are a Christian Developmental Preschool located in the heart of Fairfax City in Truro Anglican Ch

Falmouth Institute Falmouth Institute
11350 Random Hills Road, Ste 800
Fairfax, 22030

Since 1985, American Indian and Alaska Native governments have turned to Falmouth Institute for the

The Mason Spirit The Mason Spirit
4400 University Drive, MS 2F7
Fairfax, 22030

The Mason Spirit is the award-winning magazine for the George Mason University community, including

Mason Recreation Mason Recreation
4400 University Drive MSN 1C6
Fairfax, 22030

main phone: 703-993-3939 | Twitter @GeorgeMasonRec | Pinterest:

Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason
Film And Video StudiesGeorge Mason University
Fairfax, 22030

See your world differently.

English Department English Department
4400 University Drive, MSN 3E4
Fairfax, 22030

The official Facebook of GMU's English Department! Follow us on Instagram @GMU_English

Washington Youth Summit on the Environment Washington Youth Summit on the Environment
4400 University Drive, MS 3A4
Fairfax, 22030

This year the Summit will be June 26 to July 1, 2022

Himawari no kai Himawari no kai
9019 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, 22031

We offer Japanese culture program for preschool age children since 2000.バージニア州フェア?

Mason Facilities Mason Facilities
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, 22030

Official Facebook account of @georgemasonu Facilities.