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BRUSSELS — Germany has an IT skills shortage which leaves possibly tens of thousands of jobs unfilled every year, but a potential solution has emerged—teaching refugees how to code. A handful of initiatives are already showing promising signs, according to Tech Jobs for Refugees: Assessing the Potential of Coding Schools for Refugee Integration in Germany, a report commissioned by MPI Europe.
BRUSSELS — Millions of workers, including many migrants, will need help to cope with rapid shifts in the job market brought by automation and other transformations. Efforts to integrate immigrants should go hand in hand with employment reforms to assist all vulnerable groups, Migration Policy Institute Europe argues in Jobs in 2028: How will changing labour markets affect immigrant integration in Europe?
WASHINGTON – Faced with a surge in asylum claims, huge backlogs and the resulting likelihood of misuse of the asylum system, the Trump administration has acted to deter new arrivals and narrow access to humanitarian protection. Among its tactics: Largely eliminating gang and domestic violence as grounds for protection and advancing zero-tolerance prosecution policies that resulted in the separation of more than 2,500 children from their parents.
WASHINGTON – Migration Policy Institute and Penn State researchers today took issue with a newly published academic exercise that suggests the U.S. unauthorized immigrant population is at least several million larger than demographers in and out of government have independently estimated.
In a commentary, MPI and Penn State researchers explain why an academic article suggesting the unauthorized population is significantly higher than previously estimated derives from seriously flawed assumptions. The researchers, who peer-reviewed the analysis, find the authors overestimate successful illegal crossings by misapplying data from the 2000s to the 1990s, when crossing patterns were much different.
HOUSTON – As the Houston metro area experienced the third largest job growth in the United States between 2016 and 2017, a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report out today sketches the significant role immigrants are playing in the booming economy and life of the remarkably diverse region. One-third of the area’s workers are immigrants, a share well in excess of the 20 percent national rate.
WASHINGTON — As policymakers increasingly recognize that expanded legal migration pathways should be a component of their migration-management strategies, they are revisiting the role that partnerships can play in facilitating migration while encouraging development in migrant-origin countries. While there is a long history of partnerships offering work placements for low-skilled labor migrants, there is growing interest in how these projects might encourage mid- or high-skilled migration in nursing, STEM and other sectors.
WASHINGTON — As states shape and implement policies that hold K-12 schools and districts accountable for meeting federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mandates regarding English Learners (ELs), it is essential for parents, educators, community advocates and others to have detailed information about these students and the policies governing their education.
Effects Would Fall Most Heavily on Asian, Hispanic and African Immigrants
A Trump administration “public-charge” rule expected to be unveiled soon could create the potential to significantly reshape family-based legal immigration to the United States—and reduce arrivals from Asia, Latin America, and Africa—by imposing a de facto financial test that 40 percent of the U.S. born themselves would fail, as this commentary explains.
BRUSSELS – The latest idea for distributing asylum seekers around the European Union through a system of ‘regional disembarkation platforms’ may have a better chance of success if policymakers acknowledge that new arrivals often hold strong preferences for certain destinations and that these views may be difficult to change, a new Migration Policy Institute Europe issue brief suggests.
The United Nations has marked an important milestone: its members have agreed on the text of a wide-reaching agreement to cooperate on migration. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration is a noteworthy step towards minimizing the chaos of unplanned large-scale movements and maximizing the benefits of migration, but as this commentary explains, its ultimate effectiveness will depend on the national actions it inspires.
BRUSSELS – Billions of euros will be spent on efforts to integrate refugees in Europe over the next few years, so it is vital that policymakers use solid methods to monitor their spending on these programmes, a new Migration Policy Institute Europe report argues.
WASHINGTON — While Geert Wilders and his radical-right, anti-immigration Party for Freedom (PVV) failed to secure a victory in the 2017 Dutch parliamentary elections, the country’s experience shows that electoral success and government office are not the only ways to shape policy outcomes.
WASHINGTON — Spikes in irregular migration have prompted policymakers in the European Union, United States and elsewhere to look beyond border management for ways to address the underlying factors that drive movement. From the 3.2 billion euros pledged for the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to the U.S. decision to commit $750 million for Central America through the Alliance for Prosperity, policymakers are thinking about how they can incorporate migration into development spending and vice versa.
WASHINGTON — Though elections in Austria, Germany and France in 2017 and recent electoral outcomes in Italy and Hungary have demonstrated the rising power of radical-right parties in Europe, the phenomenon is hardly new in most Nordic countries. Denmark, Finland and Norway have radical-right parties that trace their roots back to at least the 1970s. And more recently, the Sweden Democrats established themselves at the national level in 2010.
BRUSSELS – The European Union needs to boost its institutional capacity to predict and handle future volatility in migration to ease the sense of crisis hanging over national leaders, argues a new report from the Migration Policy Institute Europe.
Heads of government attending the European Summit this Thursday and Friday will discuss a range of issues, from strengthening external border controls to shifting responsibility for individual asylum claims. But in this discussion, the capacity of the EU institutions to respond to crisis has been largely absent.
European leaders have settled on a recurring proposition to address the ongoing political crisis on migration: the creation of asylum processing centers beyond EU borders. The plans championed by various EU leaders are diverse, the details fuzzy. What they have in common is a near-universal focus on shifting responsibility for dealing with refugees and migrants upstream, as this commentary examines.
Even as some pundits assess President Trump's temporary end to family separation as a defeat, the deeper reality is being lost: The administration’s plan to detain all asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, including families, is now on its way to completion. The “catch-and-release” that Donald Trump rails against is, at least in part, effectively over for now, though the price tag is a long way from being tallied, as this commentary explains.
In exchange for resolving the status of DREAMers, the White House and its congressional allies are demanding billions of dollars for a border wall and additional enforcement, sharp limits on asylum, cuts to legal immigration, and more. But what would the two bills expected to be voted on by the House do in terms of extending temporary or permanent status to DREAMers? This commentary offers estimates.