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WASHINGTON — A growing number of countries have created immigrant investor programs offering citizenship or residency rights in exchange for a sizeable financial investment, as demand from wealthy immigrants from China and other emerging economies increases. Yet even as more countries jump into the ring, some governments with more experience have questioned the programs’ economic benefits and are looking for ways to increase their impact, a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report finds.
County- and state-level data examining the populations potentially eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program show an interesting level of ethnic and enrollment diversity that is obscured when examining national-level findings. This commentary examines a few of the findings learned from the new MPI profiles of DACA populations in 36 counties, which are accessible via a new online data tool.
WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration contemplates executive action on immigration, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today released estimates of various groups of unauthorized immigrants that could receive relief from deportation, either via deferred action or further refinement of immigration enforcement priorities.
New MPI Online Data Tool Offers National and State DACA Profiles
WASHINGTON — Fifty-five percent of the 1.2 million unauthorized immigrant youth who met the criteria for the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at its launch in 2012 had applied for relief from deportation as of July 20, 2014, according to a Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report released today.
BRUSSELS — Driven in part by societal norms that emphasise diversity, equality and social responsibility, policymakers in the United Kingdom for decades have been committed to fighting discrimination whilst promoting social mobility and cohesion for the country's large ethnic minority population, many of whom trace their origins to former British colonies.
In the coming weeks, the President-Elect of the European Commission and leaders of the European Union will discuss the new institutional map of the European Union, including new portfolios for the incoming college of Commissioners. Despite the fact that immigration is a critical challenge for the European Union, it has become harder for EU institutions to forge a strong policy. Perhaps as a result of this disconnect, one of the key ideas on the table is to create a Commissioner for Migration.
Despite the lingering effects of five years of brutal budget cuts as a result of the Great Recession, California is arguably doing more than any other state to target English learners in its schools. But will it be enough? In this commentary, the Executive Director of EdSource examines the reforms' potential for success.
The European Council's new strategic guidelines, which set the pathway for future policy development in the area of Justice and Home Affairs in the coming years, seem unfeasibly insulated from today's migration and asylum realities and challenges confronting the European Union. The draft represents a missed opportunity to lead EU heads of state forward on critical issues in this area, MPI Europe's Director writes in this commentary.
WASHINGTON — The chair of the Board of Trustees of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), the Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, on Monday announced the transition of leadership at MPI from founding President Demetrios G. Papademetriou to Michael Fix, the institute's long-serving senior vice president and director of studies.
WASHINGTON — As California recovers from a severe budget crisis that hit immigrant students particularly hard, policymakers and education leaders face critical choices with respect to financing, implementation of new academic standards and future directions for the state’s high school, post-secondary and adult education systems.
In the absence of a policy plan to address the surge in unaccompanied child arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border, simplistic explanations and draconian “solutions” are already surfacing. In reality, the problem is enormously complex and there is no single policy approach that is going to bend the curve on unaccompanied child arrivals. This commentary explores possible ways forward.
Offers State-Level Data on English Proficiency, Education, Income for Immigrant Parents of Young Children
BRUSSELS — Having developed a deeper understanding of the role of diasporas in development, origin-country governments are increasingly involved in immigrant integration in EU member states, mostly through engagement with their emigrants in the countries of settlement.
WASHINGTON — More than 4.5 million unauthorized immigrants and other removable non-citizens have been deported from the United States since Congress passed sweeping legislation in 1996 to toughen the nation’s immigration enforcement system, with the pace of formal removals rising from about 70,000 in 1996 to a record 419,000 in 2012.
Within days, the Obama administration is expected to reach a milestone that has brought fear and anger to immigrant communities: A record 2 million removals since taking office. At the same time, the administration is accused of failure to enforce immigration law for its actions to shield from deportation hundreds of thousands of unauthorized immigrant youth and others. How are these two seemingly contradictory realities possible?
BRUSSELS — Amid ongoing, sometimes fraught, debate over the presumed failure of targeted policies to integrate immigrants linguistically, educationally and professionally into communities across western Europe, a quiet policy transformation is taking place. Governments gradually are realising that while immigrant integration policy is essential, particularly for recent arrivals, it is insufficient in the long run to achieve the full educational and economic potential and societal participation of immigrants and citizens with an immigrant background. As a result, as an MPI Europe report explains, policymakers increasingly are turning to the strategy of ‘mainstreaming’ integration—seeking to reach people with a migration background through needs-based social programming and policies that also target the general population. Increasingly, immigrant integration is embedded in a range of mainstream policy areas such as education, employment, housing and social cohesion.
WASHINGTON — Even as the children of immigrants represent a growing share of Georgia’s youth (ages 16-26), the state’s ambitious education reforms often fail to target this group of U.S.-born and foreign-born students—many of whom have lower high school graduation rates and face greater barriers to adult education and public college enrollment, a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report finds.
WASHINGTON — The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today launched the first in a series of case studies evaluating the labor market trajectories of new immigrants in Europe and their ability to ascend into middle-skilled jobs, examining the incorporation of foreign-born workers in the Czech Republic.
WASHINGTON — Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), announced today that Loida Nicolas Lewis, Chair and CEO of the investment firm TLC Beatrice, LLC, veteran non-profit leader and journalist Louis Freedberg and former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner James W. Ziglar have joined the Board of Trustees of MPI, an independent, non-partisan think tank dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide.
WASHINGTON — The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today announced the launch of a completely redesigned website for MPI and its online journal, the Migration Information Source. The new website provides a significantly more user-friendly experience with improved navigation, richer visualization of data offerings and the ability to find research, multimedia content and articles by topic, region and other criteria.