Victoria Rietig was a Policy Analyst at MPI, where she worked for the Regional Migration Study Group and the Transatlantic Council on Migration. She was also a Nonresident Fellow with Migration Policy Institute Europe.
Her research expertise included forced migration, human trafficking, labor migration, and international development. She conducted field research on forced migration in Mexico, analyzing the impact of organized crime and violence on human trafficking. Her research results were published in the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration.
Prior to joining MPI, Ms. Rietig worked for the United Nations, NGOs, and the U.S. government. At the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), she developed and implemented conferences and trainings for high-level officials in the Migration and Development Seminar Series at UN headquarters in New York. After that, she worked as a project leader for Fairfood International, where she was in charge of establishing the NGO’s Berlin office. Most recently, she consulted for the U.S. government, and developed strategic recommendations for the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center (HSTC), an interagency center of the Departments of State, Justice, and Homeland Security.
Ms. Rietig received her master in public policy from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, where she worked on forced migration, negotiations, and international development. She also holds an M.A. in American studies, history, and psychology from Freie Universität Berlin, with a focus on Latin American migration to the United States. She also studied and conducted research at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina), New York University, and El Colegio de México (COLMEX).
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A webinar releasing a report examining deportations to Central America and reception and reintegration services in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
During this public briefing in Guatemala City (conducted in both English and Spanish), the Co-Directors of the Migration Policy Institute-convened Regional Migration Study Group, MPI President Demetrios G.
A key question confronting German policymakers has been how to successfully integrate asylum seekers into the labor market after record numbers arrived in 2015. This report examines the challenges newcomers face in getting jobs at their skill level as well as accessing language and training courses. The report outlines the many integration initiatives created in Germany, and offers recommendations for greater effectiveness.
Although long one of the world's top migrant destinations, only in the recent past has Germany come to acknowledge and adjust to its role as a country of immigration. Its welcoming approach—a relatively new development—has been put to the test amid massive humanitarian inflows beginning in 2015. This country profile examines Germany's history on immigration and highlights current and emerging debates.
Child migrants traveling alone to Europe or the United States face similar dangers and are particularly at risk of abuse and trafficking. The arrival of tens of thousands of such children in Europe and the United States have overwhelmed accommodations as well as legal and integration processes. Furthermore, the unprecedented flows have sparked heated public debate in a number of cities.
For a growing population of migrants deported from Mexico and the United States to Central America, the conditions upon return typically are worse than when they left, setting up a revolving-door cycle of migration, deportation, and remigration. This report provides a detailed profile of reception and reintegration services offered in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to deported migrants, examining their challenges and opportunities for improvement.
This report examines the rising numbers of apprehensions and deportations of Central American children and adults by the United States and Mexico, and provides a demographic, socioeconomic, and criminal profile of deportees to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The report traces how rising Mexican enforcement is reshaping regional dynamics and perhaps ushering in changes to long-lasting trends in apprehensions.