Immigration and Race in Illinois (IRI)


Immigration has been a major force in Illinois’ history and it has every prospect of continuing to shape the state’s near-term and long-term future. Race is a major dimension of the impact of immigration on Illinois society. Because it offers many ways in which to pursue its goal and values, CDMS has a new initiative on Race and Immigration in Illinois. Specific aspects of this initiative include the following:

1. Race and urban immigration – Chicago focus on economic impact of immigration on different racial groups;

2. Rural immigration – Immigrant needs and prospects for social integration;

3. Improving College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) research and extension programs for the immigrant population; and,

4. Participating in national networks of major university (Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, OSU, etc.) race centers investigating black-brown issues.


Excel Immigration and Race in Illinois Data Form

For more information on this initiative, please e-mail




Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society
1108 W Stoughton, Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217.244.0188 Fax: 217.333.8122 E-mail: