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Migration and the Great Recession: The Transatlantic Experience
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Migration Policy Institute

Migration and the Great Recession: The Transatlantic Experience addresses the impact of the economic crisis in seven major recipients of international migrants: the United States, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. This edited volume builds upon the research conducted for MPI's Transatlantic Council on Migration, a unique deliberative body that examines vital policy issues and informs migration policymaking processes across the Atlantic community.

The financial and economic crisis of the late 2000s marked a sudden and dramatic interruption in international migration trends. It brought the growth of foreign-born populations to a virtual standstill in major immigrant-receiving countries of Europe and North America, and pushed many policymakers to review and reevaluate their approach towards immigration. The crisis has had a disproportionate impact on immigrant workers, especially young immigrants and members of disadvantaged minority groups—impacts which, in some countries, show little sign of receding. Meanwhile, stringent deficit-reduction plans, especially in some of the worst affected European Member States, have created an inhospitable environment for addressing these impacts through investments in immigrant integration.

Where do we stand after three years of economic turmoil? What will be the legacy of the crisis for immigrant workers and their families in coming years? How have the impacts of the recession on immigrant workers themselves, and responses of publics and politicians, differed between the major immigrant-receiving countries of Europe and North America? And what lessons can these nations draw from one another as they emerge from crisis?

Table of Contents 

Changing Economies and Uneven Fortunes in the Labor Market
Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Madeleine Sumption, and Aaron Terrazas

Vulnerability, Resilience, and Adaptation: Immigrants over the U.S. Economic Crisis and Recovery
Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Aaron Terrazas

Foreign Workers and Immigrant Integration: Emerging from Recession in the United Kingdom
Madeleine Sumption

Migration and Migrants in Spain After the Bust
Ruth Ferrero-Turrión

How the Global Recession Has Impacted Immigrant Employment: The Portuguese Case
João Peixoto

Migrants and Migration in Ireland: Adjusting to a New Reality?
Steven Loyal

Immigrants, the Labor Market, and the Global Recession : The Case of Sweden
Jan Ekberg

Migration, Integration, and the Labor Market after the Recession in Germany
Carola Burkert