Silva Mathema

Associate Director, Policy



Silva Mathema

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Silva Mathema is an associate director for policy on the Immigration Policy team at American Progress. Her research focuses on the effects of U.S. immigration policies on the daily lives of immigrants. Previously, she worked as a research associate for the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, where she studied the intersections between race and ethnicity issues and policies regarding affordable housing and education.

Mathema earned her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she specialized in immigration policy, and her B.A. in economics from Salem College. She is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Latest by Silva Mathema

What Works Report

What Works

Many U.S. organizations have developed practical and effective ways to boost refugee integration, and these programs are worth preserving.

Silva Mathema

Keeping Families Together Report

Keeping Families Together

A national and state-by-state look at family members of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States.

Silva Mathema

Syrian Immigrants in the United States Report
In this April 19, 2016 photo, Syrian-American poet Amal Kassir recites her work during a gathering where immigrants from hostile environments spoke about their lives, at the YWCA in Boulder, Colo. Kassir, a 20-year-old college student, was born in Denver to a father from Syria and a mother from America. A poet who also works in her family’s Middle Eastern restaurant, Kassir describes her own life as being intertwined with that of the United States. Is America great? Yes, she says. And it’s also her best chance.

Syrian Immigrants in the United States

Syrian immigrants are thriving members of American society and represent a strong receiving community for new refugees.

David Dyssegaard Kallick, Cyierra Roldan, Silva Mathema

Refugee Integration in the United States Report
Abdi Said works at an L.L. Bean factory in Lewiston, Maine, on January 26, 2016. (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)

Refugee Integration in the United States

Over time, refugees who have resettled in the United States integrate well into local economies and their new communities, and a majority of them become citizens.

David Dyssegaard Kallick, Silva Mathema