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WASHINGTON — Canada, which in 1967 invented the points-based system for selecting economic immigrants, has long drawn the attention of policymakers, analysts and others in the United States and elsewhere for its innovative selection policies. In January 2015, the Canadian government significantly revamped its approach to selecting economic immigrants after criticism its earlier system was inflexible and unable to meet employers’ real-time needs or process applications in a timely manner.
WASHINGTON – With the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before the courts and renewed efforts in Congress to pass DREAM Act-type legislation, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today released new estimates of the number of unauthorized immigrants who graduate from high school, finding nearly 98,000 do so annually across the United States.
WASHINGTON – The changing demographics of children who come to the attention of state and local child welfare agencies and the growing intersection of these protection systems with rising immigration enforcement is causing some adaptation of policies and practices. A new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report that draws from interviews with 21 state, county and city child welfare agencies across the United States finds some promising approaches but significant variation in how child welfare systems address these issues.
BRUSSELS — Spain’s approach to admitting workers from non-EU countries could inspire innovation at the EU level, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Europe argues in a new report, though the future direction of Madrid’s policies hinges on the outcome of the forthcoming general election.
WASHINGTON — In making the case for “merit-based” immigration and a greater focus on prioritizing the entry of skilled workers—which would mark a sharp break from the primacy of family reunification in the U.S. immigration system—President Trump and his allies point to the examples of Canada and other countries with points-based systems such as Australia and New Zealand.
WASHINGTON – There is growing recognition that infants and toddlers can be profoundly affected by traumatic experiences, with research firmly disproving that they are too young to feel these effects. As a result, the early childhood education and care (ECEC) field and policymakers are becoming more cognizant of the need for early childhood programs to take a trauma-informed approach in providing services to young children.
BRUSSELS — The European Union is planning to allot greater funding to migration and integration efforts in its next budget, but the way it spends this money will need to be radically rethought, the Migration Policy Institute Europe argues in a new policy brief.
WASHINGTON — In need of some of the most often sought statistics on immigrants in the United States and immigration trends? The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today published the annual update to its data-rich article, Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States.
WASHINGTON — The United States will face an estimated shortfall of 8 million workers between now and 2027, amid an aging U.S. workforce, the retirement of baby boomers and declining birth rates. At the same time, the nearly 58 million U.S. adults who are either immigrants or the children of immigrants are projected to be the primary source of future U.S. labor force growth.
WASHINGTON — Global cooperation on international migration took a major step forward in 2018, with the vast majority of UN member states endorsing the first-ever agreement to cooperate on making migration work better, with less danger and greater rewards. But no one should expect the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will revolutionize the governance of migration overnight, a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) policy brief makes clear.
WASHINGTON — Partnerships that migrant-destination countries develop with origin and transit countries to offer would-be migrants temporary training or work placements at arrival hold promise, including encouraging skills development that is useful upon return and potentially serving as an alternative to illegal migration.
WASHINGTON — There is a massive gap between the recognized rights and quality of life for refugees in high-income countries and those residing elsewhere. And with 85 percent of the world’s 25.4 million refugees living in low- or middle- income countries that often lack the resources and capacity to support them, this protection gap is difficult to bridge for three key reasons. Firstly, international resettlement and humanitarian aid does not come close to balancing the scales.
WASHINGTON – Los países latinoamericanos que están alojando la gran mayoría de los más de 3 millones de venezolanos que han huido de una economía colapsada, severa escasez de alimentos y medicinas y conflictos políticos han respondido—hasta la fecha—con estrategias creativas y pragmáticas, encuentra un nuevo informe de políticas de Migration Policy Institute (MPI) y Departamento de Inclusión Social de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA).
WASHINGTON — The Latin American countries that are hosting the vast majority of the 3 million-plus Venezuelans who have fled a rapidly collapsing economy, severe food and medical shortages, and political strife have responded to date with creative and pragmatic policies, a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) – Organization of American States (OAS) Department of Social Inclusion policy brief finds.
BRUSSELS – Rapid transformations in the way we work, live and organise our communities pose huge challenges for policymakers from all areas of government. Those working in migrant integration, already stretched for resources and often facing hostile political climates, are perhaps most in need of ambitious solutions and radical thinking, argues a new report from Migration Policy Institute Europe.
BRUSSELS — The way public figures speak about migration and integration has become increasingly important in an era of high polarisation and contentious policy debates. A new Migration Policy Institute Europe report argues that an effective communications strategy, though often not at the top of policymakers’ to-do lists, is integral to the success or failure of integration policies.
BRUSSELS — The arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants in Europe during 2015-2016 catapulted integration policymakers from the periphery to the center of debates shaping the European continent but gave them few tools to support their change in status, argues the Migration Policy Institute Europe in a new report.
WASHINGTON — As activity at the U.S.-Mexico border has shifted from illicit crossings by Mexicans to increasing numbers of Central Americans, including families and unaccompanied children, seeking humanitarian protection or better opportunity, the nature and scale of repatriations across the region are changing.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. refugee resettlement program is facing an extraordinary set of pressures amid an unprecedented reduction in refugee admissions that has triggered drastic funding cuts for the non-governmental agencies that resettle refugees, hollowing out the network’s capacity. These challenges make this a particularly important time to consider how programs can most effectively serve the full spectrum of refugee integration needs.
WASHINGTON — The population of Dual Language Learners (DLLs) in Minnesota is considerably more diverse than that of the overall U.S. population of young children with a parent who speaks a language other than English at home. This “superdiversity” in Minnesota, which is home to sizeable refugee populations from East Africa and Southeast Asia as well as immigrants from around the world, holds lessons for other states and cities that are already experiencing, or will encounter in the future, a growing diversity of origins, languages and backgrounds among their immigrant populations.