Transatlantic Council on Migration Statements
Transatlantic Council on Migration Statements
MPI's Transatlantic Council on Migration (TCM) releases a Council Statement after each plenary meeting, summarizing key findings and recommendations. All Council Statements are available below, starting with the most recent at the top.
In the face of transformative demographic changes and migration flows, cities must constantly redefine their own identities. This Council Statement focuses on the identity crisis that many cities are facing and offers strategies to unite cities, expand services for diverse groups, and foster community cohesion.
While cities and regions experience both the positive and negative effects of immigration first-hand, they are typically at arm’s length, at best, from the policy reins that enable and shape these movements. Immigration policies are rarely calibrated to regional, let alone local, needs. This Council Statement examines how policymakers at all levels can work together to get more out of immigration.
International migration and development are inextricably linked. This Statement distills the Council’s discussions on the connection between migration and development, focusing on the most promising areas for international cooperation and offering evidence-based recommendations for improving the development outcomes of migration.
There are a continuum of policies needed to disrupt illegal migration-related activities throughout the cycle and addresses the conditions that make them possible. This Council Statement examines the role of migration "bad actors"—human traffickers and unscrupulous employers, among them—who operate and profit in this environment, and considers how governments can deploy resources to discourage their actions.
This Council Statement outlines the guiding principles and recommendations of the ninth plenary meeting of the TCM, which focused on how public and private-sector actors can make smart investments in underutilized workers, including immigrants. A key goal: how to maximize the potential of those with skills of all types, including the often-overlooked middle skills.
This statement examines both the challenge and opportunity for governments, in an era of skepticism about migration, to create a new definition of “we” based on a more inclusive idea of national identity and belonging, and to convince the broader society that investing in integration is an investment in shared futures.
This statement from the TCM's sixth plenary meeting provides an overview of the Council’s discussions on how states can work together to move beyond the mantra of “global governance,” and begin taking concrete actions in pursuit of a shared agenda of safe, secure, legal, and orderly migration.
This statement for the fifth plenary meeting of the TCM captures key elements of deliberations on the best ways to bring greater order and legality to migration, border management, and labor market systems through transatlantic cooperation.
This statement from the fourth plenary meeting of the TCM focuses on immigrant integration and how to shift focus back onto integration as a continuous and interactive process, even amidst the tumult of a persistent economic crisis.
MPI convened the first extraordinary meeting of the TCM in Berlin on June 17-18, 2009. The expert dialogue focused on local integration efforts and outcomes in North America and Europe, examining what works (and what does not) with respect to integration.
As with an increasing number of other complex issues, policymakers engaged in immigration reforms must be acutely attuned and responsive to public opinion and media representation of immigration. The goal of this Council meeting was to fortify policymakers and champions of reform by systematically analyzing public opinion and media coverage of migration across the Atlantic, and to hone in on strategies to advance immigration and integration reforms.
The global recession’s deepening effects on governments, public and private institutions, and individuals is increasingly taking center stage for migration policy stakeholders at both source and destination countries.The Council believes that it is especially important to concentrate on investments in immigrant integration policies and programs to prevent social divisions from getting out of hand. Further, the Council suggests that while governments will come under pressure to reduce immigration flows, governments must be particularly strategic if their actions are not to have adverse effects.
In the TCM’s first statement, the Council concentrates on citizenship, which has become a dynamic policy vehicle for promoting the political incorporation of immigrants and their more complete integration. It is necessary to clarify definitions and imagine broad goals and desired outcomes before attempting to design and implement effective citizenship policies to meet the needs of society as a whole.