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WASHINGTON — The labels assigned to humanitarian migrants are based on whether they seek protection from outside the United States (refugees) or from within the country or at its borders (asylum seekers). But even though refugees and asylum seekers are fleeing similar forms of harm and must meet the same persecution standards, the systems in place to support them once they gain protection in the United States are markedly different.
WASHINGTON — Two markedly different U.S. communities—the nation’s fourth-largest metro area and a small city in southwestern Minnesota—drew from prior crisis responses to develop COVID-19 relief and recovery plans that included innovative strategies for providing public health and economic support to immigrant families, a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report finds.
WASHINGTON — Migration Policy Institute (MPI) President Andrew Selee today announced the appointment of Meghan Benton as director of MPI’s International Program, which works to develop effective, forward-looking solutions to some of the top human mobility challenges around the world in ways that can benefit countries of destination and origin, as well as migrants themselves.
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of immigrant children in the United States face obstacles to obtaining health care, including federal laws that limit their access to comprehensive health insurance and a higher likelihood of being in a low-income household. And even those who meet both income and immigration-status requirements for Medicaid and the companion Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have a higher uninsurance rate, with eligible foreign-born children three times more likely to lack coverage than U.S.-born children in the same income category in 2019.
BRUSSELS — Barely recovered from disruptions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, immigrant integration service providers and policymakers in Europe and North America have had to quickly respond to the recent displacement from Ukraine and Afghanistan. Even as these integration actors face the challenge of rapidly providing services at a sometimes-unprecedented scale, a new Migration Policy Institute Europe report argues it is important for them to take stock of the lessons that can be learned from the forced shift to online services and innovations that were sparked by the pandemic.
BRUSSELS —As policymakers and practitioners increasingly recognize the diversity of returnee needs and the benefits of individually tailoring reintegration support, the potential exists to improve outcomes by better connecting assistance with local public services, community initiatives and development programs.
WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has vastly accelerated a shift toward remote work that has been ongoing for decades. As countless workers worldwide stopped coming into the office, many began working from home, with some “digital nomads” moving to work remotely in another country. But most immigration systems are poorly equipped to deal with remote work arrangements, whether admitting foreign workers who may end up working partly or fully remotely for a local employer or permitting digital nomads to visit and work remotely for an employer in another country.
WASHINGTON — The exodus of hundreds of thousands of people from northern Central America since 2014 amid deep economic insecurity, violence, natural disasters and corruption represents a long-term challenge as countries in the Western Hemisphere seek to achieve orderly and well-managed migration. Deterrence-only strategies are unlikely to halt unauthorized migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras without legal pathways that provide alternatives to irregular movement and the strengthening of humanitarian protection systems across the region to help those in need of safe harbor.
WASHINGTON — El éxodo de cientos de miles de personas del norte de Centroamérica desde 2014 en medio de una situación de profunda inseguridad económica, violencia, desastres naturales y corrupción representa un desafío a largo plazo para los esfuerzos de los países del hemisferio occidental que buscan lograr una migración ordenada.
WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic both revealed the ways in which the lives of the U.S. born and immigrants are interconnected and exposed the country’s social and economic divides. As the health crisis disrupted the food supply chain and the economy overall, the public gained new awareness of the contributions of foreign-born workers.
The high-level North and Central American Task Force on Migration, of which the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is a partner, recently issued important recommendations for filling key governance gaps and promoting better coordination of the often-disjointed response to migration in the region.
The recommendations stress regional responsibility sharing and outline specific ways to improve regional mechanisms, support development and protection strategies by involving civil society and expanding labor and protection pathways for refugees and migrants.
El Grupo de Trabajo de Centro y Norteamérica sobre Migración, del cual el Migration Policy Institute (MPI) es socio, emitió recientemente recomendaciones importantes para subsanar las principales deficiencias de gobernanza y mejorar la coordinación de la respuesta, a menudo desarticulada, a la migración en la región.
WASHINGTON — El éxodo de cientos de miles de personas centroamericanas de El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras desde 2014 ha cambiado el rostro de la migración en toda la región. Muchas personas buscan protección por medio de sistemas de asilo cada vez más saturados tanto en Estados Unidos como en México. En este último, donde las personas centroamericanas constituyen una gran parte de las y los solicitantes, las solicitudes de asilo aumentaron 3,739 por ciento entre 2015 y 2021.
WASHINGTON — The exodus of hundreds of thousands of Central Americans from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras since 2014 has changed the face of migration throughout the region, with many seeking protection via increasingly strained asylum systems in the United States and Mexico. Asylum applications in Mexico rose 3,739 percent between 2015 and 2021, with Central Americans comprising a large share of applicants. And in the United States, Central Americans represented 44 percent of all asylum claims submitted in U.S. immigration courts in fiscal year (FY) 2021.
BRUSSELS — European policymakers are increasingly investing in assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) programmes to incentivise the departure of irregular migrants and denied asylum seekers and to foster their sustainable reintegration. While the lion’s share of reintegration assistance takes place after returnees arrive in their countries of origin, policymakers and practitioners in the field increasingly recognise that counselling at the predeparture stage can play a key role in smoothing return and supporting reintegration.
NEW YORK – Two years after the global pandemic brought cross-border mobility to a stand-still, it is time for the international community to agree on pandemic travel measures that are clear, equitable, streamlined and future-focused.
WASHINGTON — Statewide testing to measure the academic performance of students was paused during the first, disrupted year of the COVID-19 pandemic as schooling moved online, and assessments came back in abbreviated format when many pupils returned to the classroom for the 2020-21 school year. Yet with many school districts and states not tracking or publicly reporting on how instruction varied across key demographics, it is difficult to assess how the nation’s 5 million English Learner (EL) students fared.
WASHINGTON — Two-generation programs that work both with parents and children in immigrant-led households hold the potential to uplift whole families and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, typically by weaving together high-quality early learning opportunities for children with adult education, workforce training, parenting skills and other supports for adults that can increase family stability.
WASHINGTON — In recognition of their accomplishments in the immigration policymaking field and their exemplary service to society, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Directors Doris Meissner and Margie McHugh will receive the 2022 Ellis Island Medal of Honor during a ceremony hosted Saturday by the Ellis Island Honors Society. During the ceremony, McHugh also will accept the Medal of Honor that her late husband, MPI founding President Demetrios G.