Students, faculty, and alumni from across the Harvard community are working to understand and improve how we can support immigrants and immigration.
During her sophomore year, Noemi helped establish a Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers chapter on campus to create a space to help fellow immigrants have a smoother path into STEM.
Ana Cristina Sedas
After volunteering as a physician at migration camps in Mexico, Ana came to Harvard Medical School to pursue a Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery to help improve the well-being of migrants.
As an immigration attorney, Abel came to Harvard Divinity School to blend scholarship with activism and ground everything he does in an ethical framework.
Sarah Rendón García
During her doctoral program, Sarah brought together psychology, sociology, education, and immigration studies to better understand how children of immigrants learn about their families’ status in the U.S.
While pursuing a joint concentration in romance languages and visual studies, Tania explored why representation of Latinx immigrants matters both on the screen and behind the camera.
Our research centers
The Immigration Initiative at Harvard
Advancing scholarship and research on issues related to immigrant origin children—the fastest growing child and youth population the U.S.
Explore IIH’s work
Refugee REACH Initiative
Collaborating with educators, policymakers, and researchers to foster learning, belonging, and future opportunities in settings of migration and displacement.
Explore REACH’s work
Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program
Advancing immigrants’ rights through clinical education on legal advocacy tools including direct representation, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community outreach.
Explore HIRCP’s work
Harvard Representation Initiative
Providing legal representation and social service support to Harvard students, scholars, and staff concerned about their immigration status.
Explore HRI’s work
Understanding immigration’s impacts
As the makeup of our communities change, Harvard experts are exploring the economic and societal effects of these migration patterns.
- Market growth
Immigrants help businesses grow
- Health care
How immigrant doctors contribute to health care in the United States
- Global leadership
Severe immigration policies threaten American competitiveness
Why immigrant entrepreneurs are so important to the U.S.
Embracing outsiders improves communities
The winding path to now
Migration has been an integral part of the human experience since before recorded history. Harvard researchers are exploring the journeys of the past to better understand the present.
The journey to Micronesia
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
What happened after the great migration?
Europe's migration history lesson
After the flood
How Britain became Britain
Pinpointing the exodus from Egypt
A roadmap to the future
The Harvard community is exploring ideas and opportunities to improve migration, whether it’s across the state or around the globe.
Working from anywhere
Adapting to climate change
Strengthening immigrant inclusion in the workforce
Moving around the country
Moving to economic and educational prospects
Preparing for environmental refugees
Supporting refugees more holistically
Art beyond borders
Harvard’s museums and libraries have been exploring immigration, assimilation, and culture through the lens of photography, installations, and theater.
Crossing Lines, Constructing Home
In 2019 the Harvard Art Museum curated an exhibit that explored immigration, home, and belonging through art ranging from vivid photographs to a meticulously hand-sewn floor installation.
Treading the Borders: Immigration and the American Stage
In 2018 Houghton Library made use of the extensive Harvard Theatre Collection to illustrate the early influence of immigrants on American theater.
We Are America
In 2019 Gutman Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education hosted a collection of portraits and stories from the national “We Are America Project.”