A new high-level task force created through an initiative of the World Refugee & Migration Council in partnership with MPI, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, El Colegio de México, and the Inter-American Dialogue brings together civil society, business leaders, academic researchers, and former policymakers from North and Central America to push for collective, regional responses to the longer-term economic, security, and governance issues that impel migrants and asylum seekers to leave their homes.
The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically curtailed cross-border mobility in 2020, affecting travelers and migrants around the world. This report presents a first-of-its-kind analysis of the many thousands of travel restrictions and border closures imposed by governments to curb the spread of the virus. It examines how these policies evolved, varied across countries and regions, and what these trends may mean for the future of international movement.
The increase in unaccompanied child arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border in February and March has led to backups and overcrowding at U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities ill-suited to house children, in part due to earlier significant reductions in Office of Refugee Resettlement shelter capacity during 2020. This commentary explores preparedness shortfalls and the options the Biden administration has moving forward.
The DREAM Act of 2021 could represent one of the narrower legalization measures with better prospects for passage in a narrowly divided Congress. MPI's latest estimates of the DREAMers who could gain conditional and then permanent legal status are offered here, as are the share of DREAMers who feature in another ongoing conversation, around essential workers in the U.S. labor market overall as well as in the health-care sector.
MPI estimates of the unauthorized immigrant subgroups—DREAMers, recipients of Temporary Protected Status, and farmworkers—that could gain an immediate path to a green card and a three-year track to citizenship under the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 backed by the White House.
Have a question about U.S. immigration trends and the country's immigrant population? This article collects in one place the most sought-after information about the world's largest immigrant population and how it has changed over time. Drawing from a wide array of authoritative data sources, this article provides an up-to-date snapshot of the immigrant population, visa and enforcement statistics, and information on emerging trends, including slowing immigration and changing origins.