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In the face of an uptick in unauthorized arrivals in Italy from Tunisia in 2017, the European Union dusted off earlier policy proposals such as funding to increase Tunisia’s border-control capabilities and the creation of disembarkation platforms. This article explores why contemporary developments, including a fragile Tunisian political system, suggest the need for a different approach.
Marking the release of an MPI brief that articulates a new adult education program model, this webinar will feature a discussion among immigration and legal services, adult education, and digital learning experts. They will discuss strategies to implement the English Plus Integration model, which would maintain a central focus on English language acquisition while also building skills necessary for successful immigrant integration.
Can people be 'nudged' into support for immigrant integration? On this webinar, speakers explored what untapped potential behavioral insights may hold for integration policy and how policymakers can start fitting this approach, which has been used in areas from tax compliance to organ donation, into their work. The webinar marked the release of the report, Applying Behavioral Insights to Support Immigrant Integration and Social Cohesion.
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).
Governments are increasingly drawing on research into human behavior when developing policies that aim to encourage people to make better decisions, be it accessing preventative health care or paying taxes. This report explores how a similar approach of 'nudges' could be applied to immigrant integration policy to encourage social mixing, narrow socioeconomic gaps, and more.
This Migration Policy Institute Europe webinar examines possible scenarios for how social, economic, and technological trends could affect jobs, labor market policy, education and social policies, and migrant integration. Speakers also explored the potential of coding schools for refugees to help alleviate skills shortages and provide a pathway to work.
For decades, Mexicans have been the largest immigrant group in the United States. While this is still the case, the Mexican immigrant population is no longer growing at the rate it once was. In fact, between 2010 and 2017, the number of Mexicans in the country first leveled off and then began to decline. This article explores the latest data on Mexican immigrants in the United States.
Speakers on this webinar explore what untapped potential behavioral insights may hold for immigrant integration policy, and how policymakers can start fitting this approach into their work.
For generations, migrants have emigrated from Senegal, particularly from in and around the Senegal River Valley. With France a key destination, French policy changes have had significant impact on Senegalese migrants and the hometown associations through which they support development in Senegal. This article explores how these policy shifts influence development and quality of life in the Senegal River Valley.
Speakers, including report authors, discuss the findings from an MPI report that analyzes the factors that have brought the U.S. asylum system to a crisis point. During the discussion, the authors propose common-sense steps that can be implemented now to jump-start the system's rescue.
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?
Faced with an aging workforce and growing skill shortages in the IT sector, some German policymakers and industry experts have seized on the idea that recently arrived refugees could be a natural fit for careers in tech. This report examines the case for training refugees for IT jobs and explores the variety of coding schools that have cropped up in Germany to help newcomers succeed in the field.
European labor markets are poised to change significantly in the coming years as technological advancements and other forces reshape the world of work. While these developments will affect all workers, they have particular implications for immigrant integration. This report breaks down the factors driving change and explores promising policy innovations to help societies better prepare for it.
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.
The United States has a long tradition of providing asylum to those in need. But in recent years, case backlogs have grown and many asylum seekers now wait years for a decision. This report examines the factors that have brought the U.S. asylum system to this crisis point and proposes common-sense steps that can be taken to restore timeliness and fairness, while deterring abuses.
As the Trump administration moves to be able to indefinitely detain parents and children intercepted at the U.S.-Mexico border, whether illegal border crossers or asylum seekers, recent apprehension trends and history suggest hardline policies might not be a slam-dunk deterrent with a Central American population often driven by the desire to escape gang or other violence, as this Policy Beat explores.
Experts on this webinar discuss efforts being undertaken in Maryland to serve refugee families with young children through tailored, trauma-informed approaches that address their specific mental health needs.
This MPI Europe webinar examines how governments can better equip newcomers—and indeed citizens—with the skills to thrive in the job markets of the future. And beyond preparing public services and contribution-based benefit schemes for the changing world of work, what are the alternative ways that can be developed for those newcomers unable to find work to meaningfully and measurably contribute to society?
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.