Founded in 1965, the IHRC promotes research on international migration with a special emphasis on immigrant and refugee life in the U.S.
The IHRC sponsors seminars, lectures and workshops that bring a highly specialized and multi-disciplinary group of University of Minnesota researchers into dialogue with their national and international peers, with university and high school students and their teachers, with journalists, photographers and filmmakers, and with communities of immigrants and ethnic Americans.
The IHRC especially seeks to enrich contemporary debates about international migration—so often heated, emotional, and unrelated to facts—from historical and scholarly perspectives.
The IHRC is proud to have built one of the largest and most important collections of materials documenting U.S. immigration and refugee life to be found anywhere in the world. It yearly welcomes not only student and faculty researchers from the University and from Minnesota communities but researchers from a wide variety of disciplines from North America and the wider world.
IHRC’s website was designated an iGuide website in 2007 by the online Encyclopedia Brittanica. Here, you will find immediate access to our collections, to information about upcoming events, to faculty- and student-authored commentary on contemporary immigration issues, and links to recent news articles. (Listen to the news release.) Explore the IHRC website for information about upcoming events and classes at the University of Minnesota, an introduction to the IHRC affiliated faculty and its community-based support group the “Friends of the IHRC,” and for information about workshops, conferences and research projects of the IHRC.
Explore and enjoy!