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About the International Migration Program

About the International Migration Program

MPI’s International Program acts as a policy laboratory for developing innovative, evidence-based, and politically feasible solutions to worldwide migration policy challenges.

From advising countries holding the rotating EU Presidency on migration and immigrant integration matters to crafting policy memos for national governments rethinking their border or citizenship policies, MPI’s International Program strives to inform ongoing policy debates in North and Central America, Europe, and Asia—as well as at the global level.

Working from offices in Washington, New York, Brussels, and a presence in the United Kingdom, the International Program combines MPI’s hallmark data-driven analysis with acute political savvy to deliver evidence-based recommendations on all aspects of immigration and integration policy. Building on its strong legacy of policy work in Canada and Mexico as well as Europe (dating back to MPI’s inception in 2001, and formalized with the incorporation of MPI Europe in 2011), the International Program’s research and analysis have expanded to include Central America and Asia. Our work products fall into three principal categories: research and analysis, policy dialogue, and direct consultations with governments and government institutions. 

Rigorous Research

MPI’s International Program conducts innovative, original research on the most challenging migration issues facing local, national, and supranational governments, including: attracting, retaining, and building skills and talent in an increasingly competitive world; managing borders while facilitating mobility; furthering social cohesion in an age of diversity; and speaking about migration in a way that wins public trust. Through regularly published reports, edited volumes, and original field research, the program strives to generate thoughtful comparative research on key migration topics.

Current projects and initiatives include:

  • EU Delegation Project on Credential Recognition: This research project investigates how governments can improve the recognition of foreign qualifications through domestic public policies and through international cooperation. Funded by the EU Delegation to the United States, it analyzes how EU and U.S. policymakers learn from policy experience to date, and how they can cooperate more effectively on this issue.
  • Labor Market Integration of New Immigrants in Europe: This research project, with the International Labor Organization, examines immigrants' integration into European labor markets. The failure of new immigrants to enter the labour market early, in occupations consistent with their skills, and in sectors that offer opportunities for upward job mobility, can have a “scarring effect” that persists throughout a worker’s career. This project investigates the investments that support timely labor-market entry and can place immigrants on a path toward upward occupational mobility, bringing long-term benefits for immigrants and broader society alike.
  • Migration Leaders Policy Seminars: MPI has partnered with Central European University’s School of Public Policy (SPP) in Budapest to launch an executive education program for senior government officials managing various aspects of migration. The goal of this series is to provide critical insights into how current global structural changes are likely to affect international migration in the years ahead, and how national policymakers can proactively and effectively respond to these trends.

Candid Dialogue: Two flagship initiatives have created a safe space for thoughtful debate on the most urgent (and often controversial) issues surrounding international migration. The Transatlantic Council on Migration (TCM) and the Regional Migration Study Group (RMSG) allow leading policymakers to come together with their peers (alongside civil society and business leaders from around the globe) to discuss mutual challenges and exchange knowledge in an off-the-record setting underpinned by MPI’s original research.

Real Policy Impact: MPI’s International Team has been asked to advise multiple national governments in Europe and North America, as well as EU and UN institutions (including the Global Forum on Migration and Development), directly shaping how policymakers tackle immigration and integration challenges on both sides of the Atlantic.

MPI continues to respond to opportunities to expand its international reach and bring together diverse groups of constituents to share ideas and good practices. Our goal is to grow an authoritative evidence base and dynamic platform for knowledge exchange that can generate practical solutions to the world’s most critical migration challenges.