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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What was a major, if often unrecognized, enforcement success story has been replaced by a migration and humanitarian crisis that has overwhelmed border operations, strained an already overloaded immigration court system and resulted in unsafe,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.
WASHINGTON — Australia’s selection system for permanent immigration has attracted international attention for the generally strong labor market performance of the immigrants it admits. Since the mid-1990s, the system has moved away from a focus on family reunification to place greater emphasis on skills for permanent and temporary workers; it has also been refined to seek to better match the country’s labor market needs.
WASHINGTON — While foreign nationals have enlisted in the U.S. armed services throughout American history, in recent years the military has come to see noncitizens as less of an asset and more of a national security risk.
WASHINGTON – The number of Mexican immigrants in the United States with at least a bachelor’s degree has more than doubled since 2000, with highly skilled Mexicans now the fourth largest group of college-educated immigrants in the country, after those from India, China and the Philippines.
WASHINGTON – As the United States witnesses one of the most dynamic policy periods in the immigration arena, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today released a pair of reports that examine actions taken during the first two years of the Trump administration as well as a number of less visible issues that merit fuller review.
BRUSSELS – Tens of thousands of refugees are resettled around the world each year, a journey that can be both exciting and bewildering. What they learn before they set off is vitally important to preparing them for their new lives, according to a review of predeparture orientation programmes for refugees by Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Europe.
WASHINGTON – High school graduation rates have been used to evaluate school effectiveness and impose consequences on struggling schools under federal law for nearly two decades, alongside other measures of academic achievement and school quality.
WASHINGTON — Canada, which in 1967 invented the points-based system for selecting economic immigrants, has long drawn the attention of policymakers, analysts and others in the United States and elsewhere for its innovative selection policies. In January 2015, the Canadian government significantly revamped its approach to selecting economic immigrants after criticism its earlier system was inflexible and unable to meet employers’ real-time needs or process applications in a timely manner.
WASHINGTON – With the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before the courts and renewed efforts in Congress to pass DREAM Act-type legislation, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today released new estimates of the number of unauthorized immigrants who graduate from high school, finding nearly 98,000 do so annually across the United States.
WASHINGTON – The changing demographics of children who come to the attention of state and local child welfare agencies and the growing intersection of these protection systems with rising immigration enforcement is causing some adaptation of policies and practices. A new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report that draws from interviews with 21 state, county and city child welfare agencies across the United States finds some promising approaches but significant variation in how child welfare systems address these issues.
BRUSSELS — Spain’s approach to admitting workers from non-EU countries could inspire innovation at the EU level, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Europe argues in a new report, though the future direction of Madrid’s policies hinges on the outcome of the forthcoming general election.