MPI researchers are called on to testify before the U.S. Congress and other government bodies on issues ranging from border security and visa policy, to refugee admissions and education. Read their prepared remarks to these legislative bodies.
Amid rising public skepticism and outright opposition to migration in a number of countries, 2018 was marked by a turn to harder policies in places—even as most of the world came together to endorse a first ever international compact on migration. Join us here for a review of the most consequential developments of the year, including escalation of humanitarian crises, in this countdown of the Top 10 Migration Issues of 2018.
Want the latest estimates and characteristics of unauthorized immigrants in the United States? Use this innovative data tool to get population estimates and much more—including countries of origin, recency of arrival, educational enrollment and attainment, industries of employment, income, parental status, and English proficiency—at the national level, by state, and for counties with the largest unauthorized populations.
Most recent U.S. legal permanent residents could have found themselves at risk of green-card denial had they been assessed under a proposed Trump administration public-charge rule that would apply a significantly expanded test to determine likelihood of future public-benefits use. This analysis finds the effects would fall most heavily on women, children, and the elderly, while potentially shifting legal immigration away from Latin America.
Emotionally charged and anecdotal narratives about immigrants often seem to drown out arguments made on the basis of robust data and evidence. Why is that? This report explores how new technologies, the human brain, and political communication are reshaping the role of facts in public debates. The report concludes with an examination of what it takes to make the “expert consensus” resonate with skeptical publics.
Despite long study of famine, there is a remarkable lack of research about the linkages between mass starvation and migration. Among the unanswered questions: Does migration mitigate starvation or worsen it? With famines returning, most notably in war-torn Yemen, after a period of decline, the need for knowledge is essential. This article examines the causes and migration patterns of great famines from the 19th century onward.