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WASHINGTON – Recent events in Europe and North America—the Brexit referendum on withdrawing the United Kingdom from the European Union, growing support for far-right parties across Europe and the stridency of the immigration debate occurring in the U.S. presidential campaign—reflect diminished public trust in government’s ability to manage migration well and to advantage.
While the political and economic ramifications of the UK vote to quit the European Union hit with full force within hours, it will take far more time to sort out what Brexit means for migration policy. In the short term, the rights of EU nationals living in Britain are the most pressing, with border-control negotiations and future immigration levels also high on the agenda. Against a backdrop of deep public skepticism, this commentary suggests the next government should underpromise and overdeliver.
A report by MPI's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy and the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (Sachverständigenrat deutscher Stiftungen für Integration und Migration, or SVR) examines the supplementary funding mechanisms that support schools and school districts in meeting the specific needs of migrant-background students in primary and secondary schools in four countries: Canada, France, Germany and the United States.
The European Commission has unveiled a bold plan to revitalize the Blue Card system, which has proven lackluster in attracting highly skilled international talent and has received little uptake from Member States. This commentary examines the proposal and its possible effects, and discusses possible reactions by EU Member States, many of whom are likely to mount resistance to the plan.
WASHINGTON – Public trust in the ability of governments in Europe and North America to manage migration has eroded amid protracted, chaotic mixed flows of asylum seekers and migrants leaving unstable regions, combined with growing concerns about the threat of radicalization and terrorism at home—challenges governments have proven ill-equipped to manage.
WASHINGTON — In need of current or historical statistics on immigrants in the United States, immigration flows or citizenship and visa trends? The Migration Policy Institute’s online journal, the Migration Information Source, today published its annual compilation of some of the most frequently sought-after U.S. immigration statistics.
The implications of the just-implemented EU-Turkey refugee deal for children seeking asylum in Greece have thus far been largely overlooked by critics of the controversial accord. This MPI Europe commentary explains how the shortcomings of the deal itself and the infrastructure in place to process asylum seekers could result in children falling through the cracks of the Greek and Turkish protection systems.
BRUSSELS — Close to half of the global refugee population, now 20 million, has been displaced for five years or more, many for more than 20 years. As the world buckles under the strain of relatively newer refugee crises in Syria, Nigeria, and elsewhere, the three ‘durable solutions’ to displacement traditionally advocated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)—repatriation, resettlement, and local integration—have proven elusive for the vast majority of refugees.
Far from establishing a workable long-term solution to address overwhelming flows of asylum seekers arriving in Greece, the EU-Turkey deal has many observers concerned about the significant legal and logistical hurdles standing in the way of implementation—let alone questions about whether the deal would ultimately work. MPI Europe director Elizabeth Collett explains the practical implications of the deal in this commentary.
WASHINGTON—Despite facing significant risks to their well-being including linguistic isolation, poverty, and past experiences of trauma, on the whole refugee families with young children in the United States are integrating successfully and achieving self-sufficiency over time, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI). Compared to other immigrant groups, children in refugee families benefit from several protective factors, including strong family structures, high parental employment and high parental education, which facilitate their successful integration.
BRUSSELS – With the European Commission poised to unveil a new legal migration policy package in the coming weeks in support of its overarching goal of boosting growth and competitiveness across the European Union, policymakers have been focused on ways to better attract global talent and improve upon earlier policies, including the flagship Blue Card, that have failed to live up to expectations.
As states move to implement the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which provides the national framework for workforce training and adult education services, the Obama administration recently missed a prime opportunity to ensure that immigrants and refugees receive equitable access to the law’s services, as this commentary explores.
Report: More than 10 Million People Live in Households with Potential DAPA Recipients
Mobility for Highly Skilled Professionals Essential to ASEAN Region’s Competitiveness
WASHINGTON, DC – Progress towards achieving the ASEAN Economic Community’s goal of a free flow of skilled labor has been slow and uneven, according to an issue paper released by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
86% of Such Children Could Potentially See Parents Benefit from Suspended DAPA Program
WASHINGTON — As states and the federal government ramp up their efforts to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which provides the framework for provision of adult education and workforce services across the United States, the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy today released the first in a series of fact sheets that compare key characteristics of immigrant and U
In this commentary, the day before President Obama signs into law the 2015 reauthorization of the federal education statute, the Migration Policy Institute’s new Senior Fellow for Education Policy, Delia Pompa, analyzes the forthcoming law’s reach with respect to English learners (ELs).
WASHINGTON — Over the past five years, hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants—a significant number of them children—have been deported from Mexico and the United States back to the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. While these countries have created reception programs for most deported migrants and reintegration initiatives that reach far more limited numbers, a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report finds that much more needs to be done to end the revolving-door cycle of migration, deportation and re-migration.
BRUSSELS — As the European Union considers scaling up plans to resettle refugees directly from Turkey and other countries of first asylum to reduce pressures to travel illicitly, limit the power of criminal networks and develop more equitable responsibility-sharing among EU Member States, a new Migration Policy Institute Europe report examines how innovative approaches to resettlement could enhance outcomes and spread costs.
Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the Migration Policy Institute’s U.S. Immigration Policy Program, testified Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the immigration enforcement priorities of current and prior administrations in the context of debate surrounding the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.