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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.
WASHINGTON — Amid a severe capacity shortage in programs that teach adults English and a federal refocusing of the adult education system towards employment outcomes and post-secondary success, flexibility to support the longer-term integration of immigrants and refugees within the current system has all but disappeared.
WASHINGTON — Returning migrants who do not qualify for residence or asylum to their countries of origin represents one of the most contested areas of migration policy around the world. The United States deports more than 300,000 people annually, and in recent years the Dominican Republic, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have each also returned hundreds of thousands of migrants, in some cases including recognized refugees, long-term residents and laborers.
BRUSSELS — Virtual reality, simple writing exercises and football games between mixed teams could all help migrants to settle into new societies and foster connections among diverse groups, according to research by the Migration Policy Institute Europe and the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT).
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.
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
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.
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.