WASHINGTON — The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) tonight will mark its 10th Anniversary with a gala reception in Washington, D.C., paying tribute to several visionaries in the U.S. and international migration arenas.
Initially a project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, MPI became the first-ever, stand-alone, independent think tank dedicated solely to the study of U.S. and global migration policy and trends a bit more than a decade ago. Co-founded by Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Kathleen Newland, the Institute is recognized as the world’s pre-eminent think tank researching migration and immigrant integration issues.
In the decade since its founding, MPI has played an influential role in the immigration policy discussions that have taken place in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe and beyond – providing an evidence-based, pragmatic, non-ideological approach to sound migration management and immigrant integration policymaking designed to benefit all stakeholders. The Institute’s work has been advanced through the publication of more than 300 reports and books; testimony before the U.S. Congress, national parliaments and blue-ribbon commissions; hundreds of public briefings; and countless private meetings and convenings with key government and civil-society leaders around the world.
Headquartered in Washington, MPI has established presences in Bangkok, Brussels, London and New York and can leverage the expertise of affiliated fellows and partners elsewhere around the world. In 2011, Migration Policy Institute Europe was established in Brussels as a non-profit, independent research institute focusing on European migration analysis and policy design.
At its 10th anniversary celebration tonight, held at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center, MPI will present the following awards:
“We are honored to give recognition to these individuals, who whether at the beginning or near the end of their careers, have demonstrated in deeply effective and pragmatic ways a commitment to the importance of making immigration work, protection of the vulnerable and harnessing the energy and creativity that immigrants bring to their country of settlement,” said Papademetriou, who is MPI’s president.
“Today, migration finds itself at the center of political and policy debates in dozens of countries,” Papademetriou added. “As economic competition intensifies and recession-weary publics become more skeptical – even negative – about immigration, it is more important than ever that MPI’s thoughtful, pragmatic, nonpartisan voice be heard to keep the discourse grounded in well-considered solutions that can work well for all constituent elements of society.”
More on MPI’s 10th Anniversary, accomplishments and honorees is available here.
The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank in Washington, D.C. 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. For more on MPI, please visit www.migrationpolicy.org.