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In this personal tribute, MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner honors Juan Osuna, who died in August 2017 after his recent retirement as Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the nation's immigration court system. "As we at MPI ... contemplate work without his store of knowledge and fundamental human decency readily at hand, we mourn that his was a life cut too short, just as we honor him for a life well lived."
WASHINGTON — Three-quarters of the unauthorized immigrants over age 16 eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program were in the labor force, with 24 percent juggling both a job and college studies, a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) issue brief finds.
WASHINGTON — Shifting migration patterns and labor strategies are reshaping the overwhelmingly foreign-born U.S. agricultural workforce, with a drop in the share of unauthorized workers and increased employer use of mechanization and the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program, a new Migration Policy Institute report shows.
The RAISE Act endorsed by President Trump would have dramatic effects on family-based immigration to the United States, with disproportionate effects for immigrants from several countries in particular. While much focus has been given to the sponsors' pledge of "merit-based" immigration, the effects on the U.S. employment-based immigration system would be more modest in terms of outcomes, as this commentary explores.
WASHINGTON — The sharp increase in apprehensions of unaccompanied children in Mexico and the violent conditions from which many are fleeing have raised concerns about how well equipped Mexican immigration authorities are to protect child migrants, particularly as girls and those under age 12 represent a growing share. More than 50,000 children in transit to the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have been apprehended in Mexico since 2014 when the migration of unaccompanied minors reached crisis levels.
WASHINGTON — Bipartisan Senate legislation unveiled today could, if enacted, grant legal permanent residence to as many as 1.5 million unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as children, according to Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis of key provisions outlined by the measure’s authors, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL).
Initial reaction to the British government's offer regarding the post-Brexit treatment of EU nationals resident in the United Kingdom was sharply divergent, ranging from constructive to catastrophic. Examining the deal at a slightly longer remove, the proposal in many ways represents a thoughtful piece of immigration policy—albeit with some glaring holes and vague elements, as this commentary explores.
Legal analysis of the Supreme Court’s opinion allowing aspects of a controversial Trump administration executive order to take effect has largely focused on the travel ban on certain nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries. Less noticed was the justices' views with regards to the temporary suspension of the refugee resettlement program. This commentary explores the ruling's possible consequences on refugees.
BRUSSELS — The rapid arrival in 2015–2016 of historic numbers of newcomers to Europe, a significant share of whom are Muslim, has once again placed under the microscope the roles of religion, culture and identity in liberal democratic societies. As different value systems have come into close contact, conflict has sometimes resulted.
WASHINGTON — Mark H. Greenberg, who led the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for three years and served in other high-ranking roles in the department, will become a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute in July, where he will focus on intersections between immigration issues and social services and social welfare policy.
A recent MPI study reveals that 48 percent of recent immigrants to the United States were college graduates, a sharp increase over earlier periods. How can the United States better leverage this brain gain? This commentary outlines some policies that could allow the United States to more fully utilize the professional and academic credentials that highly skilled immigrants have, for their benefit and that of the U.S. economy.
WASHINGTON — Some researchers have posited a “lottery effect,” whereby the integration outcomes of refugees vary based on the differing employment opportunities, housing cost and benefits available in states where newcomers are resettled. Yet a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report, which examines integration outcomes for five leading refugee groups in several key resettlement states, finds little evidence of a lottery effect within individual refugee groups based on state of residence.
Rising Migration from Asia Helps Fuel This New Brain Gain
WASHINGTON — Immigrant adults who have come to the United States since 2011 are far more likely to have a college degree than earlier groups of newcomers, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) reveals in a new fact sheet published today. Almost half — 48 percent — of immigrant adults entering between 2011 and 2015 were college graduates.
BRUSSELS — In response to record levels of displacement, more governments around the world are resettling refugees and doing so in greater numbers. Amid growing scepticism toward immigration, and refugees in particular, policymakers now more than ever must ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of their resettlement systems. Yet, as a new Migration Policy Institute Europe report notes, the resettlement field lacks a tradition of comprehensive monitoring and evaluation, meaning that the evidence base available to inform policymakers’ actions is exceedingly thin.
WASHINGTON — Drawing from official survey data of Mexicans deported from the United States and previously unpublished U.S. Border Patrol data measuring the effectiveness of its removal strategies, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) finds in a pair of reports issued today that there has been a significant decline in attempted re-entries by unauthorized border crossers.
WASHINGTON — As the Trump administration reaches the 100-day mark on April 29, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) has published a fact sheet that reviews major immigration actions taken by the administration, as well as ensuing developments in the courts and beyond.
WASHINGTON — Andrew Selee, who will become president of the Migration Policy Institute in August, today was named one of 35 recipients of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie fellowships, which support significant research and writing in the social sciences and humanities. The announcement was made today by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
WASHINGTON — Andrew Selee, executive vice president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and senior advisor to its Mexico Institute, has been selected as the Migration Policy Institute’s next president, the chair of MPI’s Board of Trustees announced today.
As the process of removing the United Kingdom from the European Union gets underway, the rights of the 1.2 million UK citizens or “Brexpats” who have chosen to live in one of the 27 other EU countries have been largely overshadowed. This MPI Europe commentary explores some of the many complexities ahead in negotiating rights for these individuals in a post-Brexit world.
The failure of Geert Wilders’ right-wing, anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) to become the top vote-getter in the Dutch parliamentary elections is being hailed as proof of the limits of anti-Muslim rhetoric and even the “waning” of the appeal of right-wing populism. But as this commentary explores, a closer reading leads one to a more nuanced interpretation of the results and the recognition that Wilders will remain a major force.