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WASHINGTON — Rapid arrivals of humanitarian migrants in Europe and North America have been matched by an equally unprecedented outpouring of public support. As offers to volunteer and donate pour in, many have asked whether this generosity can be harnessed to ease pressures on overburdened receiving communities and service providers. But using volunteers to meet the longer-term integration needs of resettled refugees and recognized asylum seekers is not an automatic salve: it requires thoughtful training and investment to be effective.
WASHINGTON — Latinos and immigrants are at least twice as likely to lack health insurance coverage as the overall population in three central Kansas City metro counties, a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) study reveals. In fact, they are four times as likely to be uninsured in Johnson County, Kansas.
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WASHINGTON — Four years after the peak of the 2015–16 migration and refugee crisis in Europe and amid swelling arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border and elsewhere, new evidence sheds light on how well countries have responded to an unprecedented surge in mixed flows of humanitarian, economic and family migrants.
BRUSSELS — While the European Union has called on Member States to expand channels for foreign workers as a way to meet labour market needs and potentially tackle spontaneous migration, they have struggled to deliver on this pledge. To date, policies have focused more on attracting high-skilled workers, but less attention has been paid to admission of low- or middle-skilled nationals. Policymakers would do well not to overestimate the potential of legal channels to reduce irregular migration.
The following is a statement from Migration Policy Institute (MPI) President Andrew Selee about the disruption of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan's keynote address at the 16th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference:
“We very much regret that the keynote address Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan was to deliver today at the 16th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference was disrupted by protestors and could not occur.
WASHINGTON — El corredor migratorio de EE. UU. Y México, el cuál es el más grande del mundo, ha atravesado por una gran transformación que ha sido infravalorada en la última década. En primer lugar, la inmigración ilegal de mexicanos ha disminuido drásticamente. Actualmente, la mayoría de los mexicanos que se mudan a los Estados Unidos lo hacen de manera legal, y cuentan con un mayor nivel de capital humano que en el pasado. Además, un número creciente de estadounidenses ahora radican en el sur de la frontera, a medida que la población mexicana en los Estados Unidos disminuye.
WASHINGTON – The U.S.-Mexico migration corridor, which is the world’s largest, has undergone a vast and often under-appreciated transformation in the past decade. Illegal immigration of Mexicans has declined sharply. Most Mexicans moving to the United States now do so legally and with higher human capital than in the past. And an increasing number of Americans live south of the border, even as the Mexican population in the United States declines.
BRUSSELS — In the six months since the original Brexit deadline, EU member states have not undertaken significant additional contingency planning to register and protect the UK nationals living on the continent in the event the United Kingdom crashes out of the European Union without a deal, a new Migration Policy Institute Europe policy brief finds.
BRUSSELS — Migration Policy Institute Europe’s administrative council has selected Dr. Hanne Beirens as the respected think tank’s new director, tapping a leader with a proven track record in the research, public policy and project management realms.
Beirens, who has served as MPI Europe’s acting director in recent months and has been with the organisation as associate director since 2015, was selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates who emerged during an intensive and open search process.
WASHINGTON – Home visiting programs, which serve expecting and new parents alongside their infants and toddlers, have proven to be an effective model to support maternal health and well-being as well as children’s health and socioemotional development, particularly for at-risk families.
WASHINGTON — Clouds hover over what has been a strong U.S. economy, with long-run projections significantly less bright because the U.S. labor market is being reshaped by forces such as aging of the workforce, the lowest rate of population growth since the 1940s and emerging gaps between the skills employers seek and those workers possess. As these trends intensify, globalization and automation also are likely to dramatically transform how and where work is done.
WASHINGTON – Major changes in demographics, automation and alternative staffing will dramatically transform the U.S. labor market over the next few decades. A shrinking native-born workforce, baby boomer retirements, tech-driven innovation but also job displacement, and increases in contracted and outsourced labor, among other trends, will have significant effects on the U.S. economy. What role can immigration play in mitigating undesirable outcomes and supporting U.S. economic growth and competitiveness?
WASHINGTON – Apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border are likely to approach the 1 million mark this fiscal year, a remarkable turnaround for a U.S. border security environment that just two years ago had witnessed the lowest levels of illegal immigration since 1971.
What was a major, if often unrecognized, enforcement success story has been replaced by a migration and humanitarian crisis that has overwhelmed border operations, strained an already overloaded immigration court system and resulted in unsafe, precarious conditions for migrants.
WASHINGTON — Artificial intelligence, automation and digitization are reshaping labor markets and will soon disrupt them beyond recognition. As these trends change how and where people work, advanced economies unwilling to adapt how they select foreign workers risk stifling future economic growth.
WASHINGTON — Start-ups have been at the center of rapid technological developments that have transformed business models, industries and economies. Yet while immigrants feature prominently in the start-up success story, employment-based immigration channels in many countries are often ill-suited pathways for these entrepreneurs, who tend to be relatively young and inexperienced—and thus unlikely to be in employers’ sights or meet the criteria of points-based immigrant selection systems.
Washington y Ciudad de México — Con las detenciones de guatemaltecos, hondureños y salvadoreños en la frontera de México y Estados Unidos triplicándose a lo largo del último año, y las deportaciones desde México aumentando más de 50 por ciento de mayo a junio, los gobiernos de México y Estados Unidos han buscado formas de aminorar la crisis migratoria y controlar los flujos irregulares desde Centroamérica.
WASHINGTON AND MEXICO CITY — With apprehensions of Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans at the U.S.-Mexico border more than tripling over the past year and deportations from Mexico rising more than 50 percent from May to June, the U.S. and Mexican governments have been searching for ways to alleviate the migration crisis and stem irregular flows from Central America.
WASHINGTON – The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Board of Trustees recently voted to approve three new trustees to join the existing 11-member board, adding to its already deep diversity in expertise, political affiliation and experience.
Drawing from senior ranks in government, the private sector and the NGO community in the United States and internationally, the new trustees are:
WASHINGTON — Migration and development policy discussions have slowly but surely edged closer on the international stage in recent years, most recently with adoption by UN member states last December of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. While the compact is not explicitly a development manifesto, it addresses many of the elements that link migration to a broad conception of human development, including migrants’ social and economic inclusion.
BRUSSELS — Three years on from the European migration and refugee crisis, hundreds of community-led ideas, practices and partnerships have emerged that offer new ways to help newcomers settle into their new countries and cultures. Many of these—such as co-housing schemes that pair newcomers with local families or individuals of similar age, or mentoring programs that match retired professionals with newly arrived refugees—offer a "win-win," by building social ties among different groups and facilitating economic integration.