December 4, 2008
Contact: Michelle Mittelstadt
WASHINGTON – “Buyer’s remorse” from countries
that brought in more immigrants in good times than their economies
can sustain in a downturn rates as the most noteworthy issue of
2008 in the fourth annual ranking of top global migration developments
by the award-winning Migration Information Source.
The online journal published by the non-partisan Migration Policy
Institute today released its Top
10 Migration Issues list.
In Spain, the United Kingdom and Ireland, immigrants who had
been welcomed with open arms and plentiful jobs felt the pinch
of the economic downturn and a new cautiousness about admitting
new immigrants on a permanent basis. Spain, for example, is offering
compensation to certain unemployed legal immigrants if they agree
to leave the country for three years.
Second on the Top 10 list is the race for highly skilled immigrants.
As college-educated migrants become increasingly in demand internationally,
new measures are being proposed around the world – including
a European Union Blue Card – to attract talented professionals
and foreign students.
The list is determined with input from experts in the migration
field and is influenced by ongoing news events and developments.
The Migration Information Source Top
10 Migration Issues of 2008 are:
(click on links for the articles)
Remorse" on Immigration Policy
Recession-Proof Race for Highly Skilled Migrants
Patterns in Flux
Ultimately Not an Issue in the 2008 Election
Migration: Changing Directions?
and Migration Flows: Do Shrinking Populations Mean More Migrants?
on Building Border Fences
up to Circular Migration?
of Iraqi Refugees Continue
Released in advance of the United Nations-designated International
Migrants’ Day on December 18, the compilation is part of
a special year-in-review issue of the Migration Information
Source. The entire list is at www.migrationinformation.org/top10_2008.cfm
The Source, a unique online resource that offers useful
tools, vital data and essential facts on the movement of people
worldwide as well as global analysis of global migration and
refugee trends, can be found at www.migrationinformation.org.
The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, non-partisan,
non-profit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to analysis
of the movement of people worldwide. MPI provides analysis, development
and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local,
national and international levels.