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MPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide (immigration, migration)

MPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide (immigration, migration)
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MPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide (immigration, migration)

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Surviving vs. Thriving: The Need for a Paradigm Shift in Adult Education for Immigrants and Refugees

10/31/2018
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It is generally recognized that successful long-term immigrant integration requires a broad understanding of U.S. culture and systems, combined with strong English proficiency and other basic skills. For the past 50 years, English instruction classes provided via state adult education systems have been the default mechanism to meet immigrants’ English acquisition—and, to a limited extent, integration—needs. However, this federal-state partnership system meets less than 4 percent of adult...

Duration:01:02:37

Administrative Power: Building an Invisible Wall Around the United States

10/24/2018
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In its first year and a half, the Trump administration tested the limits of its power to reduce immigration, targeting longstanding humanitarian programs and scrutinizing immigration benefits. These unprecedented actions included deciding to end Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure for nationals from seven countries, attempting to terminate DACA, introducing new limitations on applying for Special Immigrant Juvenile status, releasing several iterations of the...

Duration:01:19:28

Chilling Effects at the Border and in the U.S. Interior

10/24/2018
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Whether at the border or in the interior, the government is taking a hardline stance: separating arriving migrant families in a bid to deter future flows from Central America; stepping up pressure on “sanctuary” jurisdictions; increasing focus on denaturalization; and releasing a public-charge ruling that could deter vast numbers of legal immigrants and their U.S.-citizen dependents from accessing public benefits. What legal and political issues do these policies raise? What is their...

Duration:01:25:52

Systematic Plan to Narrow Humanitarian Protection: A New Era of U.S. Asylum Policy

10/24/2018
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The administration has acted strongly and quickly to restrict the pathways to seek and gain asylum in the United States. In Matter of A-B the Attorney General overturned a Board of Immigration Appeals case in an attempt to eliminate domestic and gang violence as grounds for granting asylum. Such serious harm is often one of the central reasons why asylum seekers, especially from Central America, flee. Other new policies include criminally prosecuting asylum seekers who cross the border...

Duration:01:16:04

State of Play: Immigration Center Stage

10/24/2018
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Immigration has played an uncommonly prominent role in elections and on Americans’ TV screens since the 2016 presidential campaign. Recent coverage has been non-stop due to family separations and zero-tolerance policies at the border. Heading into a highly contested election season, campaign strategists contend that immigration is the single issue that could move the conservative base and save GOP majorities in Congress. Yet polling shows a larger share of people say immigration is good...

Duration:01:19:33

USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna keynotes 15th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference

10/24/2018
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L. Francis Cissna, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), delivered the keynote at the 15th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference on October 1, 2018. In his remarks, he discussed his priorities for USCIS; the proposed public charge regulation; USCIS's role in the administration of the U.S. asylum and refugee admission system, including recent developments and operational challenges; policy changes surrounding the adjudication of applications and notices to...

Duration:00:41:01

The Next Frontier in Immigrant Integration Policy? Using Behavioral Insights to Foster Social Cohesion

10/16/2018
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Can tiny tweaks in how public policy is designed and how services work really “nudge” us to become better citizens? An increasing number of governments think so. Policymakers have used behavioral insights—an interdisciplinary, research-based approach to policy design grounded in understanding how people make choices in practice—to great effect to inspire people to become organ donors, encourage them to pay their taxes on time, and more. But while behavioral insights have been...

Duration:01:01:16

Preparing Newcomers for the Jobs of Today and the Labor Markets of Tomorrow

10/5/2018
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Getting recently arrived immigrants and refugees into work has long been considered the lynchpin of successful integration, with the legitimacy of migration and asylum systems often linked to positive economic outcomes. Spurred in part by the European migration crisis, significant social innovations and public-sector investments have focused on assessing newcomers’ existing skills, matching them with available jobs, and providing training to those in need. But with labour markets...

Duration:00:58:34

The U.S. Asylum System in Crisis: First Steps for Rescue

10/3/2018
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The United States has a long tradition of offering humanitarian protection to those in need. Yet in recent years, a confluence of factors has led to a large and growing backlog of asylum cases, with many applicants waiting years for a decision. This slowdown has both harmed those eligible for protection and invited misuse, with some claims filed to secure the right to remain in the country and receive the work authorization granted when cases are delayed. Faced with a system in crisis,...

Duration:00:58:22

Addressing the Intergenerational Mental Health Needs of Refugee Families with Young Children

9/24/2018
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Due to the nature of their forced migration experiences, refugees can face numerous sources of stress, including exposure to violence, separation from family members, loss of community supports, time spent in refugee camps or other precarious situations, and adjustment to a new and dramatically different culture. Such experiences, as well as the potential for intergenerational trauma, have critical implications for young children of refugees and their healthy socioemotional and cognitive...

Duration:01:04:21

Making the Global Compact on Migration a Reality: Ideas for Enhancing Regular Migration Pathways at All Skill Levels

9/12/2018
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On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on September 26, the UN Special Representative for International Migration will launch the final phase of preparations for the historic adoption of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration in Marrakesh, Morocco in December 2018. As the global compact moves from the realm of ideas and into reality, the focus of states and UN bodies is shifting from design to implementation. This podcast considers two central objectives of the...

Duration:00:57:00

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

8/31/2018
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Young children in refugee families often endure significant direct or indirect trauma from their experiences during conflict, flight, or resettlement. Extensive research demonstrates that trauma can seriously impact the brain, cognitive, and socioemotional development of young children, potentially interfering with their learning capacity and ability to form healthy attachments. The issue of trauma has therefore gained increasing visibility across the early childhood field, yet relatively...

Duration:01:01:37

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

7/12/2018
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A Spanish language webinar examining the operation of today’s interior enforcement system and how state and local governments, civil society, and consulates are responding. La administración Trump ha estado reorientando el sistema de control migratorio en el interior de Estados Unidos mediante el cual autoridades detienen y deportan a inmigrantes indocumentados. Al mismo tiempo—junto a esfuerzos coordinados por la sociedad civil y las redes consulares mexicanas y centroamericanas—existe...

Duration:00:46:08

K-12 Instructional Models for English Learners: What They Are and Why They Matter

6/27/2018
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Ample data on English Learner (EL) student outcomes provide evidence of the steep challenge these students face in developing grade-level academic language and content knowledge. These data point to a critical question: are local schools and school districts using appropriate instructional program models to meet EL needs? While the effectiveness of specific instructional models for these students—such as dual language, transitional bilingual, and English-only approaches—have attracted the...

Duration:01:00:45

Chilling Effects: The Expected Public-Charge Rule and Its Impact on Immigrant Families

6/12/2018
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The audio from this webinar highlights findings from a Migration Policy Institute report examining the potential impacts of expected changes to the public charge rule by the Trump administration. Leaked draft versions indicate that the rule could allow the administration to make changes to the legal immigration system, in part by making it more difficult for legally present noncitizens to acquire a green card or visa if they or their family members have used public benefits. The rule...

Duration:01:06:25

Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together

6/5/2018
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There may be no story today with a wider gap between fact and fiction than the relationship between the United States and Mexico. Deeply intertwined social, economic, cultural, and family relationships make the U.S.-Mexico border more seam than barrier, weaving together two economies, societies, and cultures. Mexico has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past two decades that has made it a more educated, prosperous, and innovative nation than most Americans realize. And this...

Duration:02:04:53

The Changing Landscape of Interior Immigration Enforcement Under Trump

5/8/2018
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Within days of the inauguration, the Trump administration announced sweeping changes that are reshaping the immigration enforcement system in the U.S. interior by which removable noncitizens are arrested, detained, and deported. In ways big and small, the administration is reorienting the enforcement system. At the same time, there is growing pushback, particularly from states and localities unwilling to cooperate with federal enforcement. How do arrests and deportations under the Trump...

Duration:01:40:00

Making Every Encounter Count: Using Peer Support to Improve Refugee Resettlement

4/20/2018
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Resettling large numbers of refugees is no easy task. Governments that are trying to boost their help to refugees will often call upon colleagues from countries with more experience—whether through email exchanges or conversations at the side of meetings, or formal conferences and study visits. This system of peer support is emerging as a vital tool for successful resettlement programs. Yet, peer-support projects are often put in place without a thorough assessment of how they will...

Duration:00:54:46

Responding to Early Childhood Education and Care Needs of Children of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Europe and North America

4/13/2018
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As asylum seekers and refugees have arrived in significant numbers in Europe and North America in recent years, many countries have struggled to address the newcomers’ basic reception needs and provide effective integration services. Young children comprise a substantial share of these arrivals, and many have experienced significant trauma and stress that pose serious risks to their cognitive, psychosocial, and physical development. Early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs present...

Duration:01:01:37

Family Immigration Policy and Trends: How the United States Compares to Other Countries

4/10/2018
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All immigrant-receiving countries grapple with the rights and requirements surrounding family reunification and how to balance them with other immigration priorities. Deciding which family members should be eligible to join their relatives in the United States, and under what conditions, has become a hot button political issue. The Trump administration has proposed restricting family-based immigration severely, prompting a wave of responses arguing that family-based immigration should...

Duration:00:56:38