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Connecting Across Nationalities: Inter-Ethnic Relationships in a Kuwaiti Workplace

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Aug 14, 2018.

In Kuwait and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries, migrants make up a significant share of the private-sector workforce. While mainstream narratives commonly focus on the exploitation and abuse some of these migrant workers experience, their lives and relationships with the native born are much more complex and less unequal than is often perceived, as this article explores.

Shifting Tides: Radical-Right Populism and Immigration Policy in Europe and the United States

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Aug 14, 2018.

Even as populist radical-right parties have experienced mixed electoral success, their ideas have gained traction in Europe and the United States. This report analyzes the economic, political, and social factors behind the rise in support for the radical-right agenda, and the impact of this trend on immigration policymaking and the broader political landscape on both sides of the Atlantic.

Young Children in Refugee Families and Early Childhood Programs: Ways to Mitigate the Effects of Trauma

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Aug 14, 2018.

Tapping the Talents of Highly Skilled Immigrants in the United States: Takeaways from Experts Summit

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Aug 08, 2018.

Economists project a shortage of 5 million U.S. workers with postsecondary education and training by 2020. Yet 2 million immigrant college graduates in the United States are either unemployed or work in jobs that require no more than a high school degree. How can this skill underutilization, known as "brain waste," be remedied? MPI asked the experts, and this report summarizes their discussion and recommendations.

Egypt: Migration and Diaspora Politics in an Emerging Transit Country

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Aug 07, 2018.

From being a source of labor emigration to the Gulf region to a destination for refugees from Syria, sub-Saharan Africa, and elsewhere, Egypt has long experienced different forms of mobility. This article, which profiles the trends and policies that have shaped Egypt's migration history, focuses on its long-standing use of migration as a soft-power tool to achieve its foreign policy aims and as a safety valve for political discontent.

European Immigrants in the United States

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 31, 2018.

European immigrants in the United States have largely dwindled in number since 1960, after historically making up the bulk of immigration to the country. Today, immigrants from Eastern Europe account for the largest share of European arrivals, and Europeans overall are much older and more educated than the total foreign- and native-born populations. This article explores the data on Europeans in the United States.

For Vulnerable Immigrant Children, A Longstanding Path to Protection Narrows

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 24, 2018.

Since fiscal year 2010, more than 70,000 immigrant children have applied for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, a pathway to a green card for youth who have been abused or neglected by their parents. Based on interviews with SIJ applicants, judges, and attorneys, this article provides an overview of the SIJ program and identifies limitations on access.

U.S. Immigration Policy under Trump: Deep Changes and Lasting Impacts

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 18, 2018.

President Trump has made reshaping the U.S. immigration system a top priority. Yet the fragmented nature of policy-making in the United States—with power split between branches and levels of government—has made it difficult to pursue some of his most ambitious proposals. This report explores the evolution of migration policy under Trump, and what these changes may mean in the long run.

A South American Migration Crisis: Venezuelan Outflows Test Neighbors' Hospitality

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 17, 2018.

The deepening of Venezuela's social, economic, and political implosion has resulted in the fastest movement of people across borders in Latin American history. Neighboring countries have responded with a patchwork of policy measures, though the scale and growing diversity of Venezuelan arrivals have challenged regional actors, as this article explores.

15th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 17, 2018.

Global Compact Lays the Groundwork for International Cooperation on Migration

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 17, 2018.

The United Nations has marked an important milestone: its members have agreed on the text of a wide-reaching agreement to cooperate on migration. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration is a noteworthy step towards minimizing the chaos of unplanned large-scale movements and maximizing the benefits of migration, but as this commentary explains, its ultimate effectiveness will depend on the national actions it inspires.

Cambios en el Panorama de Control Migratorio Interno Durante la Administración Trump

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 12, 2018.

Experts on this Spanish language webinar examine the operation of today’s interior immigration enforcement system and how state and local governments, civil society, and consulates are responding.    

Policymakers need new tools and better evidence for assessing returns on investment in refugee integration, says MPI Europe report

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 11, 2018.

BRUSSELS – Billions of euros will be spent on efforts to integrate refugees in Europe over the next few years, so it is vital that policymakers use solid methods to monitor their spending on these programmes, a new Migration Policy Institute Europe report argues.

A Needed Evidence Revolution: Using Cost-Benefit Analysis to Improve Refugee Integration Programming

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 11, 2018.

European countries have ramped up their investments in helping refugees find work and integrate into society. Yet little hard evidence exists of what programs and policies work best. This report proposes a new framework for thinking smartly about integration programming, using cost-benefit analysis to look beyond short-term, economic outcomes to also measure indirect benefits through a social-value concept.

Radical-Right, Anti-Immigration Party in the Netherlands Has Significantly Reshaped Immigration & Integration Policy Agenda

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 10, 2018.

WASHINGTON — While Geert Wilders and his radical-right, anti-immigration Party for Freedom (PVV) failed to secure a victory in the 2017 Dutch parliamentary elections, the country’s experience shows that electoral success and government office are not the only ways to shape policy outcomes.

The Impact of Populist Radical-Right Parties on Immigration Policy Agendas: A Look at the Netherlands

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 10, 2018.

While commentators proclaimed the 2017 Dutch election results a rebuff of radical-right populism, this report makes clear that electoral success is not the only way to influence policymaking. Taking the Netherlands as a case study, it examines how radical-right parties in Western Europe have shaped immigration policy agendas and outcomes by rewriting narratives and forcing mainstream parties further to the right.

Immigrants in the U.S. States with the Fastest-Growing Foreign-Born Populations

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 09, 2018.

The immigrant population in the United States grew faster than the national average in a number of states—including Alaska, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, and West Virginia—from 2010 to 2016. This Spotlight offers detailed data on size, origins, and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of immigrant populations in the 15 fastest-growing destination states.

Cambios en el Panorama de Control Migratorio Interno Durante la Administración Trump

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 03, 2018.

Integrating Migration into Development Portfolios Carries Both Risks and Rewards

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 02, 2018.

WASHINGTON — Spikes in irregular migration have prompted policymakers in the European Union, United States and elsewhere to look beyond border management for ways to address the underlying factors that drive movement. From the 3.2 billion euros pledged for the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to the U.S. decision to commit $750 million for Central America through the Alliance for Prosperity, policymakers are thinking about how they can incorporate migration into development spending and vice versa.

Mind the Gap: Bringing Migration into Development Partnerships and Vice Versa

By Migration Policy Institute from Migration Policy Institute. Published on Jul 02, 2018.

As policymakers look for ways to address the drivers of illegal immigration, many have called for migration aims to be incorporated into development work and development tools into migration partnerships. This policy brief analyzes the benefits and risks of heightened cooperation between actors in these fields, and identifies areas where joint initiatives may prove fruitful.

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.