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WASHINGTON — In the final days of 2018, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) became the first global agreement in the field of migration governance. Yet its negotiation and adoption process gave rise to unprecedented political tensions for a United Nations agreement—ones that continue to resonate today in the European Union. EU Member States remain deeply divided on migration issues and Europeans have failed to make progress towards a common migration and asylum policy framework.
This MPI discussion with leading experts, advocates, and a top official from the administration examines the Biden track record on immigration and what lays ahead
In the months leading up to the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration in 2018, what had been a quiet negotiation process suddenly became front-page news, drawing unprecedented public attention and sparking protests across Europe. This report explores how the compact negotiations triggered a multilayered institutional and political crisis in the European Union, and how this breakdown continues to affect EU external migration policy.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s administration is being criticized across the political spectrum for moving too slowly on immigration. Immigrant-rights activists accuse the president of delay in unraveling hard-line actions taken during Donald Trump’s presidency and conservatives are critical of what they see as inaction to rising flows at the U.S.-Mexico border.
While Donald Trump’s presidency is perceived as being the most active on immigration, touching nearly every aspect of the U.S. immigration system, President Joe Biden’s administration has far outpaced his predecessor in the number of executive actions taken during his first year in office—even as the pace of change has gone largely unnoticed, as this article explores.
Migration from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to the United States doubled between 2000 and 2019, yet these immigrants represented less than 3 percent of the overall U.S. foreign-born population as of 2019. MENA immigrants are more likely than other immigrants to be English proficient, have a college degree, and work in management, business, science, and arts occupations.
WASHINGTON — Migration Policy Institute (MPI) President Andrew Selee today announced the appointment of Essey Workie, who has extensive experience at the intersection of health and human services, immigrant communities and children’s issues, as director of the institute’s expanding Human Services Initiative. The initiative focuses on a range of policies affecting immigrant families’ access to health and human services programs.
BRUSSELS – There has been growing interest within the European Union and among Member States in the return and reintegration of migrants determined to have no right to stay in the bloc. There has been a proliferation of assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) programmes and in April 2021, the European Commission presented its first EU Strategy on Voluntary Return and Reintegration, with the goal of promoting voluntary return and working with migrant-origin countries to foster quality reintegration.
The European push to increase migrant returns has led to new investments in assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) programs. Yet it is hard to tell whether these investments are paying off. This report explores what is and is not known about returnee reintegration, and how improved monitoring and evaluation would help bridge knowledge gaps and inform future decisions about programming, funding, and strategy.
As host to more immigrants than any other country, the United States has been shaped and reshaped by immigration over the centuries, with the issue at times becoming a flashpoint. This article covers the history of U.S. immigration and the major laws governing immigration, and provides a comprehensive overview of the present-day immigrant population.
In this webinar, speakers examine issues of integration and social cohesion in Colombia, and explore how the international community can support Colombia and other countries receiving significant numbers of Venezuelan migrants and refugees. They also discuss Colombian initiatives that seek to improve the situation for migrants as well as the host communities where they reside.
BRUSSELS — On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic and growing labour demands in sectors from hospitality to logistics, Europe’s longstanding concerns over an ageing population and shrinking workforce are even more acute. Policymakers are increasingly acknowledging the role that EU and national policies to attract and retain skilled foreign workers can play in addressing this shortfall.
WASHINGTON — El gobierno de Biden anunció en marzo que reiniciaría el Programa de Menores Centroamericanos (CAM por sus siglas en inglés), permitiendo que ciertos niños que viven en condiciones peligrosas en El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras ingresen legalmente a los Estados Unidos si ya tienen un padre o tutor legal calificado en el país. Creado bajo la administración de Obama y terminado bajo la administración de Trump, el programa fue diseñado para reducir la cantidad de viajes riesgosos de niños no acompañados a los Estados Unidos, al ofrecer una alternativa segura y ordenada.
El gobierno de los Estados Unidos ha relanzado el Programa de Menores Centroamericanos, que fue creado para ofrecer a ciertos niños que viven en condiciones peligrosas en El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras una forma segura y legal de reunirse con sus padres en los Estados Unidos. Este informe identifica las lecciones aprendidas de la versión anterior del programa y hace recomendaciones sobre cómo fortalecerlo en el futuro.
The U.S. government has relaunched the Central American Minors (CAM) Program, which was created to offer certain children living in dangerous conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras a safe, legal way to join their parents in the United States. This report identifies shortcomings in the earlier version of the program, examines the new one, and makes recommendations for how to strengthen it going forward.
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration in March announced that it would restart the Central American Minors (CAM) program, allowing certain children living in dangerous conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to enter the United States legally if they have a qualifying parent or legal guardian already in the country. Created under the Obama administration and terminated under the Trump administration, the program was designed to reduce the number of often-risky unaccompanied child journeys to the United States by offering a safe and orderly alternative.
Europe has announced it will launch a set of Talent Partnerships, combining new mobility schemes for workers or students with related investments in capacity-building in partner countries. As the details are being hammered out, this MPI Europe policy brief explores how and under what conditions these partnerships could help meet European labor market needs and provide tangible benefits for partner countries and migrants themselves.
For this episode of Changing Climate, Changing Migration, we speak with Joan Rosenhauer, the executive director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, about how natural disasters and other environmental harms affect her organization’s work and its faith-based mission.
How has the business world responded to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode of Moving Beyond Pandemic, we speak with two former government officials who are now in the private sector—Ian Robinson of the immigration law firm Fragomen and Brendan Ryan, CEO of Nomadic, about the trends and policy environment shaping business mobility decisions.