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Video, Audio June 26, 2012

MPI and IOM recently jointly published a handbook, Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development: A Handbook for Policymakers and Practitioners in Home and Host Countries, that offers a strategic road map for governments to build a constructive relationship with diasporas and examines the success and failure of policies, programs, and initiatives undertaken to date.

This discussion highlights the best practices and experiences of different countries in engaging and maximizing the contributions that diasporas can and do make to the development of their country of origin, and more broadly the experience of policymakers in both sending and receiving countries and the related challenges and opportunities they face.

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Video, Audio May 15, 2012

Since its founding in 1950, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Over decades of work, the urgency of helping refugees in need is undiminished, but the difficulties in providing assistance have become more interconnected and complex. Today millions of people are obliged to flee their countries because of conflict exacerbated by rapid population growth and urbanization, climate change, and water, food, and energy insecurity. The distinctions between refugees and migrants and voluntary and involuntary movements are becoming blurred, and decisions based on them are difficult to make.

This discussion on the global challenges of protecting refugees with Volker Türk, who directs UNHCR’s Division of International Protection, and Kathleen Newland, MPI’s Director of the Refugee Protection Program, was organized around three main themes: protection gaps, burden-sharing, and reducing statelessness.

Video, Webinars July 22, 2015

This webinar examines innovative ideas to adapt the global protection system to better meet the growing challenges of forced migration and to empower refugees through development-led responses to displacement.

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IOM Asia Pacific
Audio March 26, 2015

Marking the release of the 12th MPI-IOM Issue in Brief, this event in Bangkok examined the emerging trends in women’s labor migration in the Asia-Pacific region, and the related opportunities and challenges. The audio does not include opening remarks and begins with the author's presentation.

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IOM discussion in Bangkok of ASEAN skilled labor flows. (Photo credit: IOM)
Audio December 16, 2014

This Bangkok launch of the MPI-IOM Issue in Brief A ‘Freer’ Flow of Skilled Labour within ASEAN: Aspirations, Opportunities and Challenges in 2015 and Beyond explored the creation of the ASEAN Economic Community and its vision of a freer flow of skilled labor. In response to the mounting evidence that migrants in the region lack the skills recognition required to put their knowledge and training to use in destination countries, ASEAN Member States are taking steps toward better qualifications recognition to prevent the resulting waste of human capital, as this discussion explores.

Video November 30, 2010

Diaspora groups are often deeply involved in efforts to reduce poverty, improve the quality of life, and promote sustainable growth in their ancestral countries across the developing world. Their self-generated efforts are attracting growing attention among policymakers. However, practice has developed faster than policy and key questions remain.

MPI and USAID have published Diasporas: New Partners in Global Development Policy, examining the development impact of diasporas in six critical areas. At this event, speakers discuss new thinking on the role of diaspora engagement in U.S. foreign and development policy.

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Integrating Migration into the Post-2015 © Joe Lowry/IOM
Audio September 18, 2014

A discussion and release in Bangkok of an MPI-IOM issue brief examining the role of migration as a driver for development in Asia and how to integrate migration-related targets and indicators into the post-2015 development agenda. The issue brief highlights three areas that require specific attention: (1) fostering partnerships to promote development, (2) promoting and protecting migrants’ rights and well-being, and (3) reducing the costs and risks of human mobility.

Video July 25, 2012

The Global Diaspora Forum is an annual celebration of America’s diaspora communities -- groups of immigrants and different generations of immigrants who are connected through multiple avenues. This official gathering challenges diaspora communities to forge partnerships with the private sector, civil society, and public institutions in order to make their engagements with their countries of origin or ancestry effective, scalable, and sustainable.

The theme for the 2012 Global Diaspora Forum held in Washington, DC July 25-26 was “Moving Forward by Giving Back.” The Forum focused on how new technology can empower and increase diaspora philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and social innovation. A host of speakers give voice to the thousands of diaspora communities throughout the United States.

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Video, Audio May 20, 2014

A discussion with findings from an ORSAM report that evaluates the effect of the Syrian refugee crisis on Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, as well as on the more than 3 million Syrians who have fled their homeland to become refugees in neighboring countries. The discussion focused on the social and economic impact of the refugees in Turkey, with remarks by the Director General of Turkey's state-run relief agency, AFAD. He was joined by speakers for ORSAM, the Middle East Research Institute, and the Atlantic Council in a discussion moderated by Kathleen Newland, who leads the refugee protection work at MPI.

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IOM Asia Pacific
Audio May 8, 2014

During the last seven years, many governments in the Asia-Pacific region have been actively engaged in the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) not only as participants to the process but also as leaders driving its direction and continuity. To continue its success and to remain as relevant, the GFMD has to be as instrumental in shaping the reality on the ground as much as the global discourse on migration and development. This Bangkok discussion launches the MPI-International Organization for Migration issue brief, The Global Forum on Migration and Development: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific, which explores the Asia-Pacific priorities for the GFMD 2014 and provides recommendations on how the GFMD can be a development-focused and results-oriented forum.

Video, Audio April 19, 2012

The Migration Policy Institute celebrated its first decade as the authoritative, unimpeachable resource on immigration and immigrant integration analysis and policy design in the United States and internationally. From its humble beginnings, the Institute has grown both in size and influence as it strives to engage and help set smart policy that both benefits immigrants and their families, and the countries in which they settle.

You can read about the Institute’s accomplishments here.

In this video, MPI President Demetrios G. Papademetriou discusses the past decade and next decade of MPI's work, engaging in thoughtful, fact-based research and analysis of migration and refugee policies in the United States and internationally, followed by comments from award recipients The Honorable Romano “Ron” Mazzoli, U.S. House of Representatives (D-KY, 1971-95); Aryeh Neier, President, Open Society Foundations; and Uyen Nguyen and James Huy Bao, Co-Founders of the OneVietnam Network. MPI's Kathleen Newland and Doris Meissner also provide remarks.   

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Audio April 30, 2014

In advance of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) convening in Stockholm in May 2014, MPI hosted a conversation with H.E. Eva Åkerman Börje, Ambassador and Chair of the 2014 GFMD to discuss the forum’s agenda, policy areas that seem ripe for action, and what impact the GFMD discussions will have on the post-2015 development agenda. Also taking part in the call: Kathleen Newland, Director of MPI’s Migrants, Migration, and Development Program, and MPI Senior European Policy Fellow Gregory Maniatis.  

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Video, Audio June 9, 2010

This is the third briefing in the Migration Policy Institute's Leadership Vision Series. This discussion focuses on the critical issues facing the refugee protection system for refugees fleeing their home countries.  

Featured speaker, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees offers his remarks on durable solutions for the refugee protection system. The other speakers include, Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President; and Kathleen Newland, MPI Director of the Refugee Protection Policy Program.

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IOM Asia Pacific
Audio March 20, 2014

This MPI event, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), discusses the critical issue of climate-related displacement in the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on the vulnerability of environmental migrants and how the international legal framework can better ensure their protection.

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Audio August 30, 2012

The Middle East is a region distinguished by its major dependence on migrant workers, the overwhelming majority of whom come from Asia. This joint Migration Policy Institute and International Organization for Migration event marks the Issue Brief launch of Regulating Private Recruitment in the Asia-Middle East Labour Migration Corridor, which examines labor migration to the region. 

During the briefing, panelists discussed the Asian migrant worker experience in the Middle East and offered insights on migration issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region today.

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Audio June 22, 2012

Recognizing the value that migrant populations can bring to development efforts in their countries of origin, the United Nations Member States initiated the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The GFMD provides a setting in which governments can discuss lessons learned, best practices, and challenges and opportunities presented by the growing nexus of migration and development, with each other and members of civil society.

To prepare the GFMD 2012 meetings, the Government of Mauritius, which will chair the process, has embarked on a consensual and collective thinking process with other governments and partners to set the thematic program, in part built on the outcomes and achievements of previous meetings. This discussion includes a status of preparation of the 2012 GFMD summit, including a discussion on the possible ideas and projects presently being contemplated that would fully integrate migration into the development framework, with a special focus on Africa.

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Video, Audio July 11, 2012

This panel discussion highlights the Asia-Pacific launch of the MPI and IOM jointly published handbook, Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development: A Handbook for Policymakers and Practitioners in Home and Host Countries, which offers a strategic road map for governments to build a constructive relationship with diasporas.

The discussion includes Dr. Noppawan Tanpipat, Vice President, National Science and Technology Development Agency; Frank Laczko, Head, Migration Research Division, IOM; Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias, Regional Research Officer, IOM, and Policy Analyst, MPI; and Kathleen Newland, Director of Migrants, Migration, and Development, MPI.

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Video, Audio November 22, 2013

More than two and a half years of violent conflict in Syria have left between one-quarter and one-third of the Syrian population displaced internally or seeking refuge abroad, with many still departing the country. UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees T. Alexander Aleinikoff joined Kathleen Newland, who directs MPI's refugee protection work, for a discussion on what is now considered one of the biggest humanitarian emergencies in a generation. In addition to discussing the key concerns UNHCR has identified in the Syrian crisis and the regional and international responses, Mr. Aleinikoff and Ms. Newland discussed some of UNHCR’s other priorities and areas of action, such as the Somalian refugee situation and prospects for innovation at UNHCR.

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Audio September 18, 2013

The Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, along with the Special Advisor to the UN Special Representative for International Migration discuss what is expected from The UN High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development in October 2013 and what impact it may have on the Global Forum on Migration and Development and the post-2015 development agenda.

Kathleen Newland, MPI's Director of the Migrants, Migration and Development program leads the discussion.

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Video, Audio May 23, 2012

Governments are increasingly aware of the significant socio-economic role diasporas play in the development of their homelands; yet, confusion remains about how governments should best cooperate with diaspora groups and to what extent. In its communication on the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility, the European Commission urges greater governmental support in expanding diasporas’ contribution to development, but concrete guidelines are lacking.

MPI and IOM have developed a handbook, Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development, designed to fill gaps in the current discourse on diasporas’ role. The launch of the handbook and panel discussion explore opportunities and challenges governments face when developing strategies to engage diaspora populations.

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Audio September 17, 2013

Diaspora engagement has become a key and accepted component in the arsenal of development strategies. The question of how to effectively and efficiently harness the force of a country’s diaspora through government intervention and policy remains one that many governments and international organizations must grapple with. Diaspora interventions tend to be organic and outside the confines of government and institutional structures. MPI's edited volume, How Can Talent Abroad Induce Development at Home? Towards a Pragmatic Diaspora Agenda includes commentary from leading experts in the field. During this book launch discussion, volume editor Yevgeny Kuznetsov, a World Bank senior consultant and MPI nonresident fellow, discusses findings with Kathleen Newland, Director of MPI’s Migrants, Migration, and Development program; and Lev Freinkman, author of research in the volume and former World Bank senior economist. The discussion offers new insight into how governments and international organizations can effectively implement diaspora engagement strategies.

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Audio May 14, 2012

With the aim of advancing discourse and policy research on migration in Asia, the Migration Policy Institute and the International Organization for Migration formally launched their issue brief series on labor migration in Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. During the launch, the first brief in the series, Labour Migration from Colombo Process Countries: Good Practices, Challenges and Ways Forward, which examines the complex issues surrounding labor migration from Colombo Process (CP) member countries was discussed.

Speakers at the launch included: H.E. Phadermchai Sasomsub, Minister of Labour, Government of Thailand; H.E. Kazi Imtiaz Hossain, Ambassador, Government of Bangladesh; H.E. Linglingay Lacanlale, Ambassador, Government of the Philippines; Andrew Bruce, Regional Director, IOM; and Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias, IOM Regional Research Officer and MPI Policy Analyst.

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Video, Audio May 9, 2013

The International Organizations for Migration is often asked to assist stranded migrants, despite constraints in terms of resources, legal frameworks, and institutional arrangements. The Libyan crisis, which displaced nearly 800,000 migrant workers, challenged IOM to look for innovative solutions in partnership with other actors – in particular the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

With global mobility on the rise, the international community is finally grappling with the challenge of stranded migrants, which is one of the main agenda items for the High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development in the UN General Assembly in October 2013. Director General Swing will reflect on IOM’s long experience with stranded migrants and ways in which it is preparing proactively to address their needs.

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Audio March 23, 2011

Arguably one of the most persistent — and neglected — humanitarian crises in the Western Hemisphere, Colombia’s ongoing conflict has resulted in the targeted persecution and displacement of over four million Colombians in the last two decades. In November 2010, a delegation of Refugee Council USA  members and a representative of the Canadian Council for Refugees visited Panama and Ecuador with the purpose to learn more about, and bring increased attention to, the complex protection and resettlement needs of Colombian refugees. In both countries, the delegation met with refugees, NGOs, government representatives, and with UNHCR staff.

This discussion examines the situation of Colombian refugees in Panama and Ecuador; their living situations; legal status; their access to employment, health care, or education; and the treatment of groups of particular concern, like Afro-Colombian refugees, unaccompanied Colombian minors, and refugee women.

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Audio April 25, 2013

This event discussed the Dutch model for fighting human trafficking and the strategic and operational dilemmas that public prosecutors in the Netherlands face. The discussion covers international efforts to engage organizations and the public in reducing organized crime; ways to strengthen law enforcement’s capacity and ability to apply collaborative approaches; and strategies for framing the public and political discourse.

Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President, moderates the discussion with the following panelists: Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen, National Rapporteur for Human Trafficking in The Netherlands; Jane Nady Sigmon, Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State; Herman Bolhaar, Chair of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service; Jack Blakey, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, Cook County, Illinois State Attorney’s Office; and Ruud Bik, Deputy Chief, National Police of the Netherlands.

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Video, Audio July 16, 2010

This discussion is an overview of a report undertaken by a team at the Columbia University School of International Public Affairs which examines the U.S. refugee resettlement Program and offers a strong set of recommendations and observations about the program. The report, Refugee Resettlement in the United States: An Examination of Challenges and Proposed Solutions, offers a set of macro system-wide set of recommendations and recognizes that the recommendations would best be implemented by the agencies themselves. The briefing includes speakers Kate Brick, MPI Associate Policy Analyst; Robert Carey, Vice President of Resettlement and Migration Policy, International Rescue Committee; and Kathleen Newland, MPI Director of Refugee Policy and Migrants, Migration, and Development Programs.

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Video, Audio January 14, 2013

As of January 2013, the ongoing humanitarian crisis in and around Syria is intensifying. As winter sets in, stocks of food and fuel are dwindling. The strain on neighboring countries is testing their ability to keep borders open to Syrian refugees and international assistance is not keeping up with growing needs.

A delegation of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) visited Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq in late November to discuss the humanitarian crisis with refugees, officials from host and donor governments, representatives of international humanitarian organizations and local nongovernmental agencies; and to get a firsthand look at the work of IRC partners and staff who are directly involved in providing assistance to the refugees and Syrians trapped in the country. The following discussion paints a vivid picture of the current state of affairs.

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Video, Audio June 3, 2010

The Philippines has one of the largest and sophisticated systems of overseas labor deployment with some of the most well thought out mechanisms in place which provide a framework for regulating recruitment.

This MPI report release of Migration's Middlemen: Regulating Recruitment Agencies in the Philippines-United Arab Emirates Corridor, includes report author Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias, MPI Policy Analyst; Luzviminda Padilla, Labor Attaché, Philippines Embassy in Washington; Jeni Klugman, Director, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Program; and Kathleen Newland, MPI Director of the Migrants, Migration, and Development Program.

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Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development

Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development

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April 19, 2012

The Migration Policy Institute celebrated its first decade as the authoritative, unimpeachable resource on immigration and immigrant integration analysis and policy design in the United States and internationally.

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February 27, 2012

This event marks MPI Europe's official launch in Brussels. To inaugurate the new office, MPI Europe will host a panel discussion to explore what is driving societal discontent in Europe, the role immigration plays in this, and why there is a growing perception that immigrant integration efforts are failing.

February 7, 2012

MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner discusses U.S. immigration policy during the Fireside Forum on Foreign Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The other participants are Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera and Douglas Savage, Assistant Director of the Institute of World Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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December 7, 2011

A discussion on the gains that young adult immigrants or the U.S.-born children of immigrants have made in education and employment, with speakers: Michael Fix, Jeanne Batalova, Andrew P. Kelly, Raul Gonzalez, and Margie McHugh.

October 6, 2011

This is the latest in NCIIP’s language access webinar series exploring the policy and program implementation imperatives for government and community agencies serving Limited English Proficient (LEP) populations.

September 21, 2011

In this webinar, experts discuss barriers immigrant and LEP individuals face in accessing the WIA system, how a revitalized WIA could address these barriers, and the extent to which the current Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee's WIA reauthorization proposal addresses these barriers.

August 26, 2011

With the ten year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks approaching, the Migration Policy Institute held a conference call to discuss the most significant changes that have occurred in the immigration arena in the decade since the attacks.

August 12, 2011

In this video, Michael Fix and Margie McHugh discuss the distribution of English Language Learners across the country, their growth in enrollment, and more.


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December 2, 2009

Illegal immigration's overall impact on the U.S. economy is negligible, despite clear benefits for employers and unauthorized immigrants and slightly depressed wages for low-skilled native workers, according to UCSD Professor of Economics Gordon Hanson.

October 28, 2009

This book release and discussion focused on the accumulation of talent and its effects on economic growth and migration trends.

September 10, 2009

A panel discussion exploring whether ICE is capable of meeting legal standards and manage its detention system with ICE's Dora Schriro, Detention Watch Network's Andrea Black, and MPI expert Donald Kerwin.

July 20, 2009

This discussion focuses on E-Verify, the federal government's electronic employment verification system, and the release of an MPI report that assesses the program's strengths and weaknesses.

June 24, 2009

This conference offers law and policy analysis and discussion on cutting-edge immigration issues.

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May 20, 2009

Award winners for the inaugural year of the E Pluribus Unum Prizes program were honored at a reception at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC in 2009.

May 15, 2009

MPI's symposium on citizenship examined immigrant civic and political participation, the notion of local voting rights for noncitizens, the concept and practice of dual citizenship, and the role of citizenship in immigrant integration.


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March 14, 2011

This discussion focuses on the MPI report, "Executive Action on Immigration: Six Ways to Make the System Work Better," which outlines administrative actions that can be implemented to improve the immigration system.

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January 31, 2011

287(g) programs have surged into the public consciousness in recent years. Now operating in 72 jurisdictions, the 287(g) program authorizes state and local law enforcement officers to screen people for immigration status, issue detainers to hold unauthorized immigrants on immigration violations, and begin the process of their removal from the United States.

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January 13, 2011

In a report by MPI's Labor Markets Initiative, noted economist and Georgetown University Public Policy Institute Professor Harry J. Holzer examines the economic reasoning and research on these questions and looks at the policy options that shape the impact of less-skilled immigration on the economy. The discussion is on what policy reform would best serve native-born American workers, consumers, and employers, as well as the overall U.S. economy.

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October 14, 2010

Commissioner Bersin details his agenda for his agency and discusses illegal immigration, border enforcement, the impact to the economy on migration flows, the future of the Secure Border Initiative, drug trafficking, and other topics in this wide-ranging conversation with MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner and the audience.

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September 20, 2010

This important MPI report challenges the conventional wisdom about the immigrant workforce, using a sophisticated new method of analysis that permits deeper examination of how workers – immigrant and native-born – fare by economic sector, the skill level of their jobs, and educational attainment.

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July 16, 2010

This discussion is an overview of a report undertaken by a team at the Columbia University School of International Public Affairs which examines the U.S. refugee resettlement Program and offers a strong set of recommendations and observations about the program.

June 14, 2010

This briefing focuses on migrants higher rates of on-the-job injuries.

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June 9, 2010

Breakfast briefing with T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Demetrios G. Papademetriou, and Kathleen Newland.


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