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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.
Following the dramatic defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the UK Parliament this week, all bets are off when it comes to whether the United Kingdom will crash out of the European Union on March 29 without a Brexit deal. A no-deal scenario would have seismic ramifications for the legal residence, work rights, benefits and pensions, and health care for nearly 1 million UK nationals living on the continent.
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.
What President Trump calls a border crisis is in fact a crisis in the asylum system—one worsened at every turn by his administration’s harsh policies and rhetoric. Rather than spend $5.7 billion on a wall, it would be far more effective to use the money to retool an overwhelmed asylum system, adapt outmatched border enforcement infrastructure to respond to the changing composition of arrivals, and work cooperatively with Mexico to tackle the factors propelling Central Americans to flee.
While the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration was formally adopted by 164 of the UN's 193 Member States, it's worth asking how it became a point of contention and ultimately was rejected by more than a dozen countries. The answer? A long lag time between negotiation and adoption, during which overheated claims against it went largely unanswered, as this commentary explores.
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.
BRUSSELS – British politicians of all persuasions have torn into the European Union withdrawal deal agreed last week, ensuring that the spectre of a chaotic no-deal Brexit still haunts the continent. Policymakers in EU countries cannot wait for political machinations in London to run their course. They must act now to ensure their British residents—particularly pensioners and families—are protected in every scenario, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Europe says in two new studies.
WASHINGTON – A Trump administration proposed rule that would apply a significantly expanded test to determine if green card applicants would be likely to use specified public benefits in the future could potentially have put most recent legal permanent residents at risk of green card denial, a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis finds.
WASHINGTON — In many corners of Europe and the United States, a wave of support for politicians touting populist and nativist platforms has rocked the foundations of mainstream politics. These populists have tapped into a deep sense of grievance among voters who feel they have lost out amid globalization, labor-market volatility and rapid social change.
WASHINGTON – The Migration Policy Institute today released a fact sheet and two data tools that provide rich detail on unauthorized immigrants in the United States, with statistics on everything from population size and origins to educational enrollment and attainment, employment, income, health care coverage, home ownership and much more.
WASHINGTON — At a time when people have more information than ever at their fingertips, it has become easier to ignore, discount or discredit inconvenient facts. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in debates about hot-button issues such as immigration.
WASHINGTON — A string of successes for populists since 2015 has upended the status quo in liberal democracies around the world. From the United Kingdom’s Brexit decision and the elections of Donald Trump in the United States and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, to the far right entering government in Austria and Italy and making advances in Germany, Hungary and beyond— it is evident that populism is becoming a more permanent feature of politics.
Asylum reform, not the "shock-and-awe" deployment of thousands of troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to deal with the migrant caravan, represents the real path to addressing the current realities of mixed economic and humanitarian migration flows, as the person who presided over the last reform of the U.S. asylum system in the mid-1990s explains in this commentary.