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Victoria Rietig

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Victoria Rietig

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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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.

With a range of policies in 2014, China sought to address changing large-scale migration patterns within the country and beyond. This year included promises to reform the hukou registration system and thus enable an estimated 100 million internal migrants to access social services in the cities where they live, schemes to entice the return of emigrant professionals, and crackdowns on corrupt officials who send their families and money abroad.

In recent years emigration from Mexico has declined, the country's stable economy has drawn an increasing number of international migrants, and the pace of transmigration to the United States has quickened. Amid these changing realities, punctuated by a spike in migration of unaccompanied minors from Central America in 2014, Mexico is confronting a new role as migration manager: balancing increasing enforcement and protection of migrants' rights.

December 11, 2015

A webinar releasing a report examining deportations to Central America and reception and reintegration services in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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September 3, 2015
This webinar includes an overview of regional immigration enforcement trends, including U.S. and Mexican apprehensions and deportations of Central American migrants, along with a demographic, socioeconomic, and criminal profile of child and adult deportees.
February 5, 2014

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.

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