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MPI Estimates of Potential Beneficiaries under the 2017 DREAM Act and the Recognizing America’s Children Act

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Oct 19, 2017.

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is providing estimates of the unauthorized populations that could potentially gain legal status under the DREAM Act of 2017 introduced in the Senate and the Recognizing America’s Children Act (RAC Act) offered in the House, using an innovative methodology that permits the assignment of legal status in U.S. Census Bureau data.

How Are School Systems Responding to the Needs of Immigrants, Refugees, and Unaccompanied Minors?

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Oct 18, 2017.

Will White House Immigration Wish List Tank Emerging DREAMer Momentum in Congress?

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Oct 17, 2017.

The Trump administration has released a list of hardline immigration demands—including border wall funding, restrictions on federal grants to “sanctuary” cities, and cuts to legal immigration—in exchange for legislation protecting DREAMers. This article examines the prospects for these proposals and more broadly for a legislative fix to resolve the status of unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as children.

Are States Recognizing and Responding to the Needs of Their Dual Language Learner Children?

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Oct 13, 2017.

Dual Language Learners (DLLs) now make up nearly one-third of all children ages 8 and under in the United States, and on this webinar, MPI analysts outline key findings from a national demographic and policy profile and series of state fact sheets highlighting characteristics of the growing DLL population and the policy context they encounter in state early childhood education and care (ECEC) systems. Panelist discuss the implications for the ECEC programs and systems that seek to provide equitable access and quality for DLLs, and highlight California's response to the growing population of DLLs in the ECEC system. 

Legal Channels for Refugee Protection in Europe: A Pivotal Moment for Strategic Thinking

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Oct 12, 2017.

The refugee and migration crisis in Europe thrust the issue of legal pathways to the top of European Union (EU) and national government agendas, but progress has so far suffered from a lack of strategic thinking on how legal channels can work together and how to overcome design and implementation challenges. This webinar offers insights from EU Member States on how existing, new, and untapped legal pathways—such as resettlement, community-based sponsorship, and family reunification—can interact with other humanitarian policies and fit into a larger protection strategy. The discussion also highlights two MPI Europe publications, Tracing the Channels Refugees Use to Seek Protection in Europe and Engaging Communities in Refugee Protection: The Potential of Private Sponsorship in Europe.

With Growing Numbers of Young Dual Language Learners, New MPI Profiles Examine DLL Population & Early Childhood Education Policies at U.S, State Levels

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Oct 12, 2017.

WASHINGTON — Children under age 8 with at least one parent who speaks a language other than English at home—known as Dual Language Learners (DLLs)—represent 32 percent of the U.S. young child population and a growing share of children in most states. While these 11.5 million young learners stand to benefit disproportionately from high-quality early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, they are less likely than their peers to be enrolled in such programs; this may contribute to lags in kindergarten readiness and later academic achievement.

Protecting the DREAM: The Potential Impact of Different Legislative Scenarios for Unauthorized Youth

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Oct 10, 2017.

With the Trump administration having announced the end of the DACA program, Congress is facing growing calls to protect unauthorized immigrants who came to the United States as children. This fact sheet examines DREAM Act bills introduced in Congress as of mid-2017, offering estimates of who might earn conditional legal status—and ultimately legal permanent residence—based on educational, professional, and other requirements in the legislation.

Criminalizing Irregular Migrant Labor: Thailand’s Crackdown in Context

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Oct 10, 2017.

Thailand has become a key destination for migrant workers, primarily from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos. Many lack authorization, however, and as their numbers have grown, so has the government's intent in regulating their movement—sometimes provoking unintended results. This article explores recent patterns in labor migration to Thailand and examines the likely impacts of a 2017 decree criminalizing illegal employment.

14th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Oct 05, 2017.

In a year when immigration has been prominent in the headlines, the 14th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference provides timely policy and legal analysis, with expert discussion covering the shifting immigration policy priorities under a new administration, including changes in immigration enforcement, border enforcement, refugee resettlement, the treatment of unaccompanied minors and their families, Temporary Protected Status, and DACA, along with the responses from the judicial and congressional branches, various stakeholders, and state and local governments. 

Dual Language Learners: A National Demographic and Policy Profile

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Oct 03, 2017.

As the share of U.S. children under age 8 who are Dual Language Learners (DLLs) increases, state policies have an important role to play in ensuring all young learners are able to get their education off to a good start. These fact sheets compare key characteristics of DLLs and their peers nationwide and in 30 states, and identify state policies that support equitable access to high-quality early childhood education and care programs.

Chasing the Dubai Dream in Italy: Bangladeshi Migration to Europe

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Oct 03, 2017.

Bangladeshis in 2017 suddenly emerged as one of the top migrant groups entering Europe illegally. While Europe is a new destination, Bangladeshi labor migration has been an important part of the country's development since the 1970s, with growing numbers heading abroad, largely to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. This article explores and contextualizes the new phenomenon of Bangladeshi migration to Europe.

Are States Recognizing and Responding to the Needs of Their Dual Language Learner Children?

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Oct 03, 2017.

The U.S. Falls Behind as Others Take on New Leadership Amid Record Humanitarian Pressures

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Sep 28, 2017.

The Trump administration’s decision to set the refugee ceiling at 45,000 for fiscal 2018 marks the lowest level since the refugee resettlement program was created in 1980. At a time of record humanitarian pressures, with more than 22.5 million refugees worldwide, the United States appears to be abandoning its leadership role and other traditional resettlement countries are shouldering a bigger load, as this commentary explores.

Legal Channels for Refugee Protection in Europe: A Pivotal Moment for Strategic Thinking

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Sep 27, 2017.

Chinese Immigrants in the United States

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Sep 27, 2017.

The Chinese represent the third-largest immigrant population in the United States, their numbers having grown rapidly in recent decades. The population is atypical in some respects: Far more highly educated and likely to have come via student and employment pathways than the overall U.S. foreign-born population. This article offers key data on Chinese immigrants, including top destinations, incomes, and English proficiency.

Why Hide the Facts About Refugee Costs and Benefits?

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Sep 21, 2017.

No enterprise in the United States could survive if it only counted the costs of doing business and ignored the benefits side of the ledger. But that is exactly how some Trump administration officials are evaluating the refugee resettlement program, rejecting a well-researched Department of Health and Human Services report that finds refugees brought in $63 billion more revenue to governments than they cost over a ten-year period, as this commentary notes.

Millionaire Emigration: The Allure of Investor Visas among China’s Elite

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Sep 18, 2017.

Over the past decade, immigrant investor programs have proliferated around the world, and Chinese applicants have dominated in a number of countries. In 2015, about 9,000 Chinese millionaires moved to other countries, many through so-called golden visa programs. This article explores the social and cultural factors driving well-off Chinese to move abroad and examines perceptions of elite emigration in China.

Trump Administration Rescinds DACA, Fueling Renewed Push in Congress and the Courts to Protect DREAMers

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Sep 14, 2017.

The Trump administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deportation-relief program launched in 2012 has sparked new urgency to find a longer-term fix for "DREAMers," the unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as children. This Policy Beat article examines movement in the courts and in Congress on the DREAM Act and similar proposals, exploring likely paths forward.

Private Sponsorship Could Prove an Effective Tool for Engaging Communities and Individuals in Refugee Protection and Resettlement, If Implemented with Care, MPI Europe Brief Finds

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Sep 12, 2017.

BRUSSELS — In the aftermath of the 2015 and 2016 migration crisis, governments and civil-society organisations across Europe are seeking new tools to ensure refugees are able to access protection in a safe and orderly way and to improve their integration prospects. A new Migration Policy Institute Europe policy brief published today examines the role that settlement through community-based or private sponsorship schemes could play in achieving these goals.

Engaging Communities in Refugee Protection: The Potential of Private Sponsorship in Europe

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Sep 06, 2017.

Across Europe, grassroots efforts have emerged in the wake of crisis that draw members of the public into the process of receiving refugees and supporting their integration. This policy brief examines the many forms community-based or private sponsorship can take, what benefits such approaches may hold for European communities, and the tradeoffs policymakers face in their implementation.

The CAMMIGRES Network

Launched in January 2014, by Co-Founders Professors Madeleine Arnot and Loraine Gelsthorpe, and Research Associate Dr Jessica Wheeler, the Cambridge Migration Research Network, funded by the Vice-Chancellor’s Endowment Fund, brings together a superb tract of migration research, spanning 23 University of Cambridge faculties, departments and centres, including researchers in anthropology, archaeology, history, politics, economics and land economy, geography, sociology, gender studies, psychology, health and education studies, management studies, linguistics, theology, criminology and law.

CAMMIGRES researchers' interests orient around the impacts of past and present migration in relation to human evolution and development, social, legal, and economic policy, governance, professional knowledge, institutional practice and social relations.