Following the dramatic defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the UK Parliament this week, all bets are off when it comes to whether the United Kingdom will crash out of the European Union on March 29 without a Brexit deal. A no-deal scenario would have seismic ramifications for the legal residence, work rights, benefits and pensions, and health care for nearly 1 million UK nationals living on the continent.
What President Trump calls a border crisis is in fact a crisis in the asylum system—one worsened at every turn by his administration’s harsh policies and rhetoric. Rather than spend $5.7 billion on a wall, it would be far more effective to use the money to retool an overwhelmed asylum system, adapt outmatched border enforcement infrastructure to respond to the changing composition of arrivals, and work cooperatively with Mexico to tackle the factors propelling Central Americans to flee.
MPI researchers are called on to testify before the U.S. Congress and other government bodies on issues ranging from border security and visa policy, to refugee admissions and education. Read their prepared remarks to these legislative bodies.
Amid rising public skepticism and outright opposition to migration in a number of countries, 2018 was marked by a turn to harder policies in places—even as most of the world came together to endorse a first ever international compact on migration. Join us here for a review of the most consequential developments of the year, including escalation of humanitarian crises, in this countdown of the Top 10 Migration Issues of 2018.
Want the latest estimates and characteristics of unauthorized immigrants in the United States? Use this innovative data tool to get population estimates and much more—including countries of origin, recency of arrival, educational enrollment and attainment, industries of employment, income, parental status, and English proficiency—at the national level, by state, and for counties with the largest unauthorized populations.
Most recent U.S. legal permanent residents could have found themselves at risk of green-card denial had they been assessed under a proposed Trump administration public-charge rule that would apply a significantly expanded test to determine likelihood of future public-benefits use. This analysis finds the effects would fall most heavily on women, children, and the elderly, while potentially shifting legal immigration away from Latin America.