Research

Migration and the Global Recession

Report Author: 
Michael Fix, Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Jeanne Batalova, Aaron Terrazas, Serena Yi-Ying Lin and Michelle Mittelstadt
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Apr

The global financial crisis that began in September 2008 can be viewed as having a deeper and more global effect on the movement of people around the world than any other economic downturn in the post-World War II era of migration. This is the finding of a new MPI report commissioned by the BBC World Service.  

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Immigrant Detention: Can ICE Meet its Legal Imperatives and Case Management Responsibilities?

Report Author: 
Donald Kerwin and Serena Yi-Ying Lin
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Sep

 

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is currently launching an initiative to move from a criminal incarceration model to a civil detention system. This report explores whether the agency is capable of meeting legal and case management responsibilities in light of its use of information systems that may not be collecting all the data necessary for compliance with legal, detention management and humanitarian standards.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Tied to the Business Cycle: How Immigrants Fare in Good and Bad Economic Times

Report Author: 
Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Nov

Immigrants surpassed native-born workers in several key labor market outcomes from the mid-1990s through 2007, recording higher employment and lower jobless rates — but the trend was reversed with the onset of the current recession.

This report, which analyzes employment and unemployment patterns over the past 15 years and two recessions, shows that immigrant economic outcomes began deteriorating before the current recession officially began in December 2007, tracing immigrants' declining fortunes largely to the housing bust which began in 2006. 

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

The Economics and Policy of Illegal Immigration in the United States

Report Author: 
Gordon H. Hanson
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Dec

Illegal immigration's overall impact on the US economy is negligible, despite clear benefits for employers and unauthorized immigrants and slightly depressed wages for low-skilled native workers. This is the finding according to Professor of Economics Gordon Hanson of the University of California, San Diego, and the Migration Policy Institute's Labor Markets Initiative.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Transatlantic Information Sharing: At a Crossroads

Report Author: 
Hiroyuki Tanaka, Rocco Bellanova, Susan Ginsburg and Paul De Hert
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Jan

The attempted Christmas Day 2009 attack on a US airliner has refocused interest on the data collected by governments on international travelers. Attention has been placed on just how information sharing can be used to prevent terrorism and secure travel if properly shared and analyzed.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Protection through Integration: The Mexican Government's Efforts to Aid Migrants in the United States

Report Author: 
Laureen Laglagaron
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Jan

Immigrant integration remains largely an afterthought in U.S. immigration policy discussions and the country's integration policies remain chronically underfunded and limited in scope. Local and informal actors such as families and community-based organizations have historically taken on this responsibility.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

A Program in Flux: New Priorities and Implementation Challenges for 287(g)

Report Author: 
Cristina Rodríguez, Muzaffar Chishti, Randy Capps and Laura St. John
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Mar

State and local enforcement of federal immigration laws has generated considerable controversy in public policy circles in recent years particularly with respect to the Section 287(g) program. The Obama administration is reforming the program with a new standardized memorandum of agreement (MOA) that will govern all future Section 287(g) collaborations.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Securing Human Mobility in the Age of Risk: New Challenges for Travel, Migration and Borders

Report Author: 
Migration Policy Institute
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Apr

Securing Human Mobility in the Age of Risk: New Challenges for Travel, Migration and Borders (click to view)

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Policies to Curb Unauthorized Employment

Report Author: 
Madeleine Sumption
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 May

This policy brief offers a sobering analysis of the policy options available to governments seeking to reduce the hiring of unauthorized workers. The author concludes that “a comprehensive approach has the greatest potential for success.” Such an approach would combine stronger sanctions against illegal hiring with some expansion of legal flows of low-skilled workers, along with stronger enforcement of basic labor law standards. 

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Labor Standards Enforcement and Low-wage Immigrants: Creating an Effective Enforcement System

Report Author: 
Donald M. Kerwin with Kristen McCabe
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Jul

This report analyzes the labor law enforcement records of the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations paying attention to wage and hour laws and industries with high concentrations of immigrant workers. 

The report identifies best practices in labor law enforcement and suggests closer coordination between federal and state agencies working in this area. It also presents findings from an MPI survey of state resources, priorities and initiatives in labor standards. 

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute