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BRUSSELS — In response to recent humanitarian crises — Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan and Ukraine among them — and the recognition that fewer than 4 per cent of refugees are resettled yearly, more countries in Europe and beyond are exploring the potential of sponsorship programmes to open up more pathways for refugee protection and integration.
WASHINGTON, DC — The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today released its newest estimates of the size and top countries of origin of the unauthorized immigrant population in the United States, estimating the number at 11.2 million in 2021. That figure is up from 11.0 million in 2019—a larger annual growth rate than seen since 2015.
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. labor force is trending towards a demographic cliff—spurred by low birth rates and an aging population. Automation and artificial intelligence continue to significantly transform the workplace. And the United States is facing growing competition from other countries for international talent. All of these trends underscore the need for U.S. policymakers and higher education and workforce development leaders to deliver a skilled and productive workforce that can adapt to emerging technologies and uphold U.S. global competitiveness.
WASHINGTON, DC — While the COVID-19 pandemic took a harsh toll on all students in U.S. elementary and secondary classrooms, it had a disproportionate impact on the nation’s 5 million English Learners (ELs). The move to remote instruction exacerbated existing inequities EL students face, as they were less likely to have access to broadband and more likely to experience family language barriers with school officials. They also saw their access to essential English language development services and learning support disrupted.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. immigration courts—and the federal immigration enforcement system they support—are facing an unprecedented crisis. With a backlog of nearly 2 million cases, more than 700,000 of which were received last fiscal year, as well as resource and decision-making constraints, it can take years for the system’s 650 or so immigration judges to render decisions. Asylum seekers, who represent 40 percent of the courts’ caseload, now wait four years on average for their initial asylum hearing to be scheduled, with final decisions farther off.
BRUSSELS — Refugee resettlement programs globally are facing tough times. Resettlement numbers were dramatically cut during the COVID-19 pandemic, with just 34,400 refugee admissions in 2020 as compared to 107,800 the year before. Additionally, large-scale displacement crises, including in Ukraine and Afghanistan, have diverted resources and attention away from resettlement programs towards emergency responses.
WASHINGTON, DC — While European assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) programs are meant to provide a safer and more dignified way for migrants to return to their countries of origin, their results have been mixed. The effectiveness of short-term assistance has been hindered by community and structural conditions in origin countries, including weak public services and limited opportunities in local economies.
WASHINGTON, DC — After recent years in which the number of refugees resettled in the United States hit historical lows, U.S. refugee resettlement is slowly increasing. In the first eight months of fiscal year (FY) 2023, nearly 31,800 refugees were resettled in the United States—up from the all-time low of 11,400 in FY 2021 and more than any year since FY 2017, according to a Migration Policy Institute (MPI) article released today.
WASHINGTON, DC — Despite the growing focus on engaging refugees to ensure their unique knowledge and perspectives are considered as pressing protection and displacement challenges are addressed, there is little evidence whether this participation is occurring in meaningful ways or resulting in effective policy design and implementation.
BRUSSELS — Following agreement by European interior ministers on a plan to reform EU migration policy, Migration Policy Institute Europe Director Hanne Beirens offered the following statement today:
WASHINGTON, DC — A set of interconnected, yet sometimes contradictory, narratives has developed to explain what drives migration from, through and back to northern Central America, with effects on how best to manage increasingly complex movements. Facing mounting U.S. pressure to stem sizeable irregular migration, governments in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are focusing their messaging on enforcement and addressing the “root causes” of migration, with policymakers vacillating between discouraging irregular migration and encouraging movement through legal pathways.
WASHINGTON — More than half, and as many as two-thirds, of the estimated 6.4 million displaced Venezuelans who have settled in Latin America and the Caribbean since 2016 have been granted legal status in their host country, a Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report out today finds.
WASHINGTON — Más de la mitad, y hasta dos tercios, de los aproximadamente 6,4 millones de venezolanos desplazados que se han establecido en América Latina y el Caribe desde 2016 han obtenido estatus legal en su país de acogida, según encuentra un informe del Migration Policy Institute (MPI) publicado hoy.
WASHINGTON, DC — The United States has witnessed a historic decline in poverty in recent years. Poverty rates fell sharply during the decade following the end of the 2007–09 recession and preceding the COVID-19 pandemic, lifting millions out of poverty. Poverty rates continued to drop between 2019 and 2021, notwithstanding the economic turmoil generated by the pandemic, as government at all levels introduced aid programs to blunt the financial harms.
MPI Europe analysis finds that displaced Ukrainians have made good progress entering EU labor markets since Russia’s invasion, but they face a range of challenges, including language barriers and difficulties getting their credentials recognized.
Report finds Unaccompanied Children Face Significant Barriers to Care
WASHINGTON, DC — Once considered a less-rigorous high school pathway, career and technical education (CTE) has experienced a renaissance since the 1990s, as more high-skilled and white-collar professions were included in course options. Participation in CTE is correlated with benefits in graduation rates and earnings as an adult.
WASHINGTON, DC — As demographic pressures, technological advances, economic shifts and pandemic disruptions rapidly reshape labor markets in the United States and globally, the resulting workforce shortages and skills gaps are sparking conversations about the role that immigration could serve in meeting future workforce needs.
WASHINGTON — The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today published the latest version of its ever-popular resource, Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States, offering up-to-date and authoritative data about the 45.3 million immigrants in the United States and current and historical U.S. immigration trends.
WASHINGTON — Caribbean migration is often discussed in the context of significant out-migration to the United States, Canada and Europe, with movement within and to the region less examined. Yet as climate change, natural disasters and shifts in global mobility patterns reshape movements within and beyond the Caribbean, the intra-regional share of migration has been growing, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) notes.