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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.
WASHINGTON — Beginning in 2005, Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) began signing agreements to speed the mutual recognition of professional and academic qualifications in a number of occupations across the 10-country bloc. While mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs) have been signed in seven occupations and progress is being made toward an eighth, full implementation has yet to be realized.
WASHINGTON — As the immediate pressures of the migration and refugee crisis have begun to abate in Europe, policymakers have refocused on two goals: anticipating and preventing the next crisis and ensuring that newcomers—and the communities in which they settle—have the tools to succeed. These two objectives are deeply interdependent, as a new report from the Migration Policy Institute’s Transatlantic Council on Migration explains.
While the chaos of 2015 has abated, the conditions that fuelled huge spontaneous flows of asylum seekers and migrants to Europe have not changed. Europe faces a fundamental governance test that is undermining the legitimacy of both national and European institutions and, more directly, the integrity of management structures of Member States most affected by spontaneous migration. This commentary by Demetrios Papademetriou explores the challenges and way forward.
The selection of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary and President Trump’s immigration enforcement-focused executive orders have left many parents and educators wondering how the new administration’s policies will affect students from immigrant families and the schools that serve them. The simple answer, as this commentary explores, is: It will depend on the actions of state and local policymakers where those students live.
WASHINGTON — With states given significant leeway under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to satisfy requirements for the education of English Learners (ELs), a new set of fact sheets examining the EL population in select states can help community organizations, policymakers and others better understand the state demographic context and some of the basics regarding EL policies under ESSA and its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
WASHINGTON —The Migration Policy Institute’s online journal, the Migration Information Source, today published its annual compilation of some of the most frequently sought-after current and historical U.S. immigration statistics, including a detailed look at the nation’s 43.3 million immigrants.
The revised travel ban executive order signed by President Trump on March 6, 2017 significantly narrows an earlier order that provoked chaos at U.S. airports and sparked many legal challenges. Still, as with the earlier version, it represents a sharp cut in the refugee resettlement program and restricts nationals from six majority-Muslim countries from newly entering the United States, as this commentary explores.
BRUSSELS — The huge influx of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe over the past two years has placed considerable pressure on local services and infrastructure in many cities. Whilst education, integration, and employment policy largely remain national competences within European Union Member States, cities are the frontline providers of services that can assist the successful integration of newcomers and thereby reduce reliance on local welfare systems and strengthen broader social inclusion.