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Post date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:22:41 -0400

Turkey’s migration identity has shifted from being principally a country of emigration and transit to becoming a destination for immigrants and people fleeing conflict. In response, Turkish policymakers recently enacted a comprehensive migration and asylum law that took effect in April 2014. This article examines the new law, which is intended as a significant step toward managing both legal and irregular migration to Turkey, including humanitarian migration.

Post date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:45:10 -0400

In the coming weeks, the President-Elect of the European Commission and leaders of the European Union will discuss the new institutional map of the European Union, including new portfolios for the incoming college of Commissioners. Despite the fact that immigration is a critical challenge for the European Union, it has become harder for EU institutions to forge a strong policy. Perhaps as a result of this disconnect, one of the key ideas on the table is to create a Commissioner for Migration.

Post date: Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:11:06 -0400

The European Council's new strategic guidelines, which set the pathway for future policy development in the area of Justice and Home Affairs in the coming years, seem unfeasibly insulated from today's migration and asylum realities and challenges confronting the European Union. The draft represents a missed opportunity to lead EU heads of state forward on critical issues in this area, MPI Europe's Director writes in this commentary.

Post date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:08:17 -0400

The flow of unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico to the United States has surged 90 percent since last year, with government officials predicting that it might reach 90,000 by the end of the fiscal year in September—and perhaps 130,000 next year. This telebriefing discusses factors behind the flows as well as short- and longer-term policy options for improving how the U.S. immigration system interacts with this population with distinct needs.

Post date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:46:11 -0400

This telebriefing by Doris Meissner and Marc Rosenblum of MPI examines factors behind the flow of unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico to the United States, which has surged 90 percent since last year. The talk also previews a policy brief on unaccompanied minors that MPI will release in July. 

Post date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:26:03 -0400

This MPI Europe telebriefing, releasing the brief "Strengthening Refugee Protection and Meeting Challenges: The European Union’s Next Steps on Asylum," examines Europe's current reality with respect to migration and asylum and assesses the possibilities for future development of EU immigration policy.

Post date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:28:43 -0400

The humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Central African Republic (CAR) has received scant world attention, even as more than 20 percent of the population of 4.25 million has been displaced as a result of deadly sectarian violence. This article examines the causes of the violence, the international community response, and the impacts of large-scale displacement within the country and beyond its borders.

Post date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:21:25 -0400

With the European Council meeting in late June 2014 to adopt strategic guidelines on asylum and migration policy, amid strains resulting from Syrian refugee migration and other flows, this MPI Europe policy brief identifies challenges and proposes a forward course. The brief recommends increased engagement by Member States in practical cooperation as a way to strengthen implementation and consolidation of existing EU laws and achieve more consistent asylum decision-making.

Post date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:36:58 -0400

The phenomenon of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, typically after an arduous and often dangerous journey through Central America and Mexico, has reached a crisis proportion, with a 90 percent spike in arrivals from last year and predictions of future increases ahead.

Post date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:05:26 -0400

A telebriefing examining the realities of European policy on immigration and asylum, and future agenda. 

Post date: Wed, 28 May 2014 16:17:57 -0400

This MPI Europe policy brief, published with the European Council poised to articulate a new set of long-term objectives and priorities for action on migration and asylum policy, details the immigration and other challenges that policymakers confront and sets out the reasons for increasingly sclerotic policy development.

Post date: Tue, 13 May 2014 13:40:03 -0400

A discussion on the effect of the Syrian refugee crisis on Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq.

Post date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:19:19 -0400

This issue brief addresses the rights of migrants whose movement is induced by environmental degradation or climate change, particularly in the highly vulnerable Asia-Pacific region. The brief evaluates the current international legal framework, identifies gaps in the framework and its implementation, and reviews options available to the international community.

Post date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:27:50 -0400

Discussion at launch of this MPI-IOM Issue in Brief, Human Rights, Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration: A New Paradigm, which focuses on the vulnerability of environmental migrants and how the international legal framework can better ensure their protection, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

Post date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:53:33 -0400

This event with UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres features findings from UNHCR’s report, Children on the Run, which examines the increasing numbers of children from Central America and Mexico who head off alone to find refuge in the United States, fleeing violence, insecurity, and abuse. The discussion provides analysis on the reasons behind the growing migration of this vulnerable population and offers recommendations. Read the report here.

Post date: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:07:59 -0500

This event with UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres includes a discussion on the state of citizen security in Central America and the resulting humanitarian impact, featuring findings from Children on the Run, a UNHCR report based on interviews with more than 400 unaccompanied children from the region.

Post date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:55:53 -0500

This panel discussion on unaccompanied minors focuses on a report by Kids in Need of Defense and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law, whose primary conclusion is that children face a U.S. immigration system created for adults that is not required to consider the child’s best interests.

Post date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:21:01 -0500

Panelists from the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and Kids in Need of Defense discuss their findings regarding how unaccompanied children are processed through the U.S. immigration system, along with recommendations for improvements in the process to ensure the protection of these minors.

Post date: Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:15:55 -0500
As the 2014 Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union works to formulate the European Union’s next five-year program, this transatlantic discussion, presented in cooperation with the Greek Embassy, explores how governments can build a comprehensive migration system that meets humanitarian obligations and nurtures economic growth and social cohesion.
 
Post date: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Showcasing MPI’s volume, Managing Borders in an Increasingly Borderless World, this panel discussion offers perspectives on border policy management from leading officials in the United States, Canadian, and Mexican governments