Immigration Studies for Gifted Students

Gifted students will find the controversial and relevant topic of immigration especially interesting. I have tried to find websites on the subject that are politically neutral and offer more facts than opinion. These sites are divided into historical immigration and current immigration.

Historical Immigration
  • Immigration and U.S. History presents an overview of four centuries of immigration in the United States.
  • Digital History gathers together a multitude of research items. You will want to spend time clicking through the various resources on the left side of the page.
  • The Library of Congress: Immigration this website links educators to primary sources from the Library of Congress' online collections.

Current Immigration
  • The Urban Institute offers much statistical information on current immigration, including where immigrants are settling and information about children of immigrants.
  • Migration Policy Institute: Country and Comparative Data presents an incredible amount of data. From where are immigrants coming? To which countries are they moving? Which countries are accepting people applying for asylum, and how many do they allow each year?
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is the official website to check when wanting to enter the United States legally. Readers will discover the various ways that a person can enter the U.S. and how the application process works.

Possible Questions for Study
  • Why do people immigrate to other countries?
  • What factors are considered when immigrants choose a destination country?
  • In what ways has immigration been a positive influence?
  • In what ways has immigration been a negative influence?
  • How has the view of immigration changed or stayed the same over the years?

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