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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.
WASHINGTON — While Geert Wilders and his radical-right, anti-immigration Party for Freedom (PVV) failed to secure a victory in the 2017 Dutch parliamentary elections, the country’s experience shows that electoral success and government office are not the only ways to shape policy outcomes.
WASHINGTON — Spikes in irregular migration have prompted policymakers in the European Union, United States and elsewhere to look beyond border management for ways to address the underlying factors that drive movement. From the 3.2 billion euros pledged for the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to the U.S. decision to commit $750 million for Central America through the Alliance for Prosperity, policymakers are thinking about how they can incorporate migration into development spending and vice versa.
WASHINGTON — Though elections in Austria, Germany and France in 2017 and recent electoral outcomes in Italy and Hungary have demonstrated the rising power of radical-right parties in Europe, the phenomenon is hardly new in most Nordic countries. Denmark, Finland and Norway have radical-right parties that trace their roots back to at least the 1970s. And more recently, the Sweden Democrats established themselves at the national level in 2010.
BRUSSELS – The European Union needs to boost its institutional capacity to predict and handle future volatility in migration to ease the sense of crisis hanging over national leaders, argues a new report from the Migration Policy Institute Europe.
Heads of government attending the European Summit this Thursday and Friday will discuss a range of issues, from strengthening external border controls to shifting responsibility for individual asylum claims. But in this discussion, the capacity of the EU institutions to respond to crisis has been largely absent.
U.S., State Estimates of Benefits Use by Noncitizens, Naturalized Citizens & U.S. Born Offered
WASHINGTON – While much recent discussion of the U.S. relationship with Mexico has focused on the Trump administration’s intent to build a wall on the border and further stiffen immigration control policies, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) President Andrew Selee paints a more nuanced picture of the deepening cultural, social and economic ties between the two countries in a forthcoming book that shows how these connections are shaping the future of both countries.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has significantly revved up the immigration enforcement machinery in the U.S. interior, with arrests and deportations up about 40 percent in its first eight months over a year earlier. Yet pushback from California and cities such as Chicago, New York, Boston and Seattle makes it quite unlikely that U.S.
BRUSSELS — National and local authorities across the European Union need to move swiftly to clarify the status of British citizens living on their territory after Brexit, or risk making a mess of the recently agreed deal on citizens’ rights, a new Migration Policy Institute Europe and Goldsmiths, University of London report warns.
WASHINGTON — With large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers arriving in Europe and North America in recent years, many of the youngest arrivals have experienced trauma and stress that pose serious risks to their development. Early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs provide an important means by which receiving countries can mitigate many of the risks these young children face, thereby supporting their healthy development and boosting their longer-term education trajectories and integration success.
WASHINGTON – A number of countries have been revisiting issues related to family-based immigration. At the height of the 2015-2016 European migration crisis, Germany and Sweden introduced restrictions on the family reunification rights of some recently arrived asylum seekers. And in the United States, the Trump administration and some Republicans in Congress are questioning the continued primacy of family reunification in the U.S. immigration system.