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WASHINGTON — More than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly halted most cross-border mobility, travel restrictions continue to make movements of all kinds costly and chaotic. A new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report maps how different policy choices could dramatically shape the next few years of international mobility, and offers a framework for how countries can navigate complex health, security and economic pressures.
BRUSSELS — The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly altered the ways and places in which people interact. Early evidence suggests that bridges between groups are weakening, as the closure of key pillars of public life, including schools and libraries, reduced casual encounters that once fostered connection between disparate groups. Instead, interactions have been concentrated within existing networks.
WASHINGTON — Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the steepest drop in U.S. employment since the Great Depression, immigrants had higher employment and lower unemployment rates than their U.S.-born counterparts. These trends shifted, albeit in different ways at the state level, with immigrants—especially women—experiencing higher rates of unemployment than U.S.-born workers.
WASHINGTON — With job vacancies at a two-decade high and a workforce and society that are aging, the United States is missing a key opportunity by not addressing the licensing and other barriers that keep millions of college graduates—including 2 million who are immigrants—from working at their skill level, instead relegated to low-skilled jobs or lack of employment.
WASHINGTON — While much recent attention has centered on the rising arrivals of unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexico border and their conditions of care in federal custody, far less focus is being given to what happens once they are released to parents or other sponsors in communities across the United States.
El nuevo Grupo de Trabajo de Centro y Norteamérica sobre Migración, dado a conocer el día de hoy, reúne a representantes de la sociedad civil, líderes empresariales, académicos y ex funcionarios de diversos países, con el propósito de proponer respuestas colectivas y de alcance regional a los problemas de largo plazo en materia de seguridad económica y gobernanza, que obligan a las personas migrantes y solicitantes de asilo a abandonar sus hogares.
A new high-level task force launched today brings together civil society, business leaders, academic researchers and former policymakers to push for collective, regional responses to the longer-term economic, security and governance issues that impel migrants and asylum seekers to leave their homes.
WASHINGTON — While some countries in sub-Saharan Africa have significant experience dealing with infectious disease outbreaks ranging from Ebola to yellow fever, COVID-19 revealed weaknesses in cross-border coordination on migration and public health, forcing governments to rethink some of their public health strategies. Key among them: how to manage mobility in a way that protects public health yet allows people to safely access their livelihoods, seek protection or reunite with their communities, a new Migration Policy Institute policy brief finds.
WASHINGTON — While the return of irregular migrants and asylum seekers whose claims are denied has long been a priority for European policymakers, cooperation with migrants’ countries of origin on return and reintegration has historically been given short shrift. Recently, however, voluntary return and reintegration represents one area where there is growing support for improved coordination among European Union (EU) countries and with stakeholders in countries of origin, offering opportunities for greater sustainability and efficiency.
WASHINGTON — One-third of the nearly 23 million preschool-age children in the United States live with a parent who speaks a language other than English. Despite the size of this Dual Language Learner (DLL) population and its distinct linguistic assets and learning support needs, nearly all states lack any standardized policies for systematically identifying these children. Yet doing so would provide the means for early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs to determine if these children are being effectively and equitably served—rather than waiting until they enroll in kindergarten.
WASHINGTON — New reporting by the Census Bureau that the United States saw the second slowest rate of population growth since the decennial census began in 1790 represents a warning sign for a country seeing rising shares of retirees and a declining child population. In fact, the Census Bureau is projecting that the United States will have more seniors than children in less than 15 years. In this context, immigration will become increasingly important for sustaining the growth of the U.S. labor force.
WASHINGTON — During the first wave of the COVID-19 public health crisis, several states adopted emergency measures to rapidly expand the number of health care workers, including creating pathways for internationally trained health professionals already in the United States to be licensed and practice. While the policies represented a unique opportunity to tap the talents of underemployed immigrants and refugees with degrees in health and medicine, they also spotlight the need to think creatively about using these professionals as a resource beyond the pandemic.
WASHINGTON — In his first 100 days in office, President Joe Biden has made immigration one of his primary policy priorities. The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) calculates that the administration has taken 94 executive actions on immigration to date, compared with fewer than 30 advanced during the same timeframe by Donald Trump, whose administration arguably was more active on immigration than any preceding one. More than half of the Biden actions have undone or sought to undo Trump administration measures.
WASHINGTON — The Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy (NCIIP) today published a series of U.S. and state fact sheets that aim to inform efforts to more equitably address the integration needs of U.S. immigrant families through the early childhood, K-12, post-secondary, adult education and health and social services systems.
WASHINGTON and STUTTGART — Seeking to redesign the global humanitarian protection and refugee resettlement infrastructure in ways that advance equity, flexibility and sustainability, the Migration Policy Institute and Robert Bosch Stiftung today launched a new initiative, “Beyond Territorial Asylum: Making Protection Work in a Bordered World.”
WASHINGTON — La región que se extiende desde Panamá hasta la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México forma parte de un importante corredor para la migración irregular. Si bien se ha prestado mucha atención a los esfuerzos de Estados Unidos para gestionar los flujos espontáneos de migrantes irregulares y solicitantes de asilo, se ha prestado mucha menos atención a los esfuerzos incipientes en Centroamérica y México para desarrollar la capacidad de gestión migratoria y protección humanitaria en los últimos años.
WASHINGTON — The region from Panama northward to the U.S.-Mexico border represents a major corridor for unauthorized immigration. While significant attention has trained on U.S. efforts to manage spontaneous flows of irregular migrants and asylum seekers, far less focus has been given to nascent efforts in Central America and Mexico to build migration management and humanitarian protection capacity in recent years.
GENEVA and WASHINGTON — While the overall picture of cross-border human mobility in 2020 is of movement dramatically curtailed as a result of measures imposed by governments since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report shows a varying reality over time and by region, with particularly harsh effects for refugees and other migrants who move out of necessity.
WASHINGTON — Ensuring that school funding is shared equitably is central to achieving strong K-12 educational systems across the United States. However states have yet to implement school funding formulas that generate adequate and equitable resources for all students. For English Learners (EL), who have supplemental learning needs and are disproportionately likely to attend low-resourced schools, well-designed resource allocation is of particular importance.
AMMAN and WASHINGTON — Ten years into Syria’s violent conflict, Syrians remain the largest refugee population worldwide, with nearly 5.5 million living in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), and 6 million others internally displaced within Syria. With Syrian refugees facing limited resettlement opportunities and the unlikely prospect of return under safe and sustainable conditions, it is essential to explore ways to promote local solutions for refugees and improve social cohesion with host communities.