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Mar 28 2015

Latest Resources from Migration Information Source

Spotlight

All Eyes on U.S. Federal Courts as Deferred Action Programs Halted

Attention is now squarely focused on the U.S. federal courts where the legal battle over President Obama’s executive actions on immigration continues. While congressional efforts to roll back the directives appear to have been put aside, at least temporarily, implementation of the signature deferred action programs announced in November 2014 remains blocked. The administration, however, is moving forward with other aspects of the executive order, as this article explores.

Feature

Destination China: The Country Adjusts to its New Migration Reality

Faced with rising numbers of foreign entries (long- and short-term), China in 2012 adopted new legislation to manage its migration flows—the first reform to the country’s immigration law since 1985. With an underlying tension in the legal framework between restricting immigrants deemed unwanted and welcoming those viewed as desirable, this feature examines the exit-entry law’s key points.

[Source: Migration Information Source March 16, 2015]

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Mar 03 2015

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Policy Beat
As Implementation Nears, U.S. Deferred Action Programs Encounter Legal, Political Tests

President Obama’s sweeping executive action to shield as many as 3.7 million unauthorized immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents from deportation is facing tough legal and political challenges. This month’s Policy Beat examines the efforts to proceed with implementation of DAPA and the expansion of DACA despite a lawsuit brought by a coalition of 26 states and staunch opposition in the Republican-controlled Congress.

Feature

The Geopolitical Origins of the U.S. Immigration Act of 1965

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, radically altering U.S. policy and reshaping the demographic profile of the United States. Examining the foreign policy and domestic concerns leading to the law’s enactment, David S. FitzGerald and David Cook-Martín argue that the demise of the national-origins quota system was driven by geopolitical factors.

[Source: Migration Information Source February 18, 2015]

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Feb 02 2015

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Spotlight

Chinese Immigrants in the United States

With the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943 and normalization of U.S.-China relations in the late 1970s, Chinese immigration to the United States has steadily increased, to a population of more than 2 million. Using the latest data, this Spotlight highlights characteristics of Chinese immigrants from mainland China and Hong Kong, including their top state and metro areas of residence, immigration pathways, educational attainment, and more.

 

[Source: Migration Information Source January 29, 2014]

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Dec 23 2014

Top 10 Migration Issues of 2014

Top 10 takes us to locations around the world: from Mexico, which is experiencing a growing role as migration manager; to Africa, where a deadly Ebola outbreak has prompted local quarantines and regional and international travel controls and bans; to Europe, which is confronting rising humanitarian flows; to the Middle East, where the kafala system used in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to regulate migrant workers has come under ever sharper attack; and to Asia, where Chinese reform to the hukou system could benefit more than 100 million internal migrants.

Complete Top 10 of 2014:

1. World Experiencing Largest Humanitarian Crisis Since WWII
2. President Obama Breaks Immigration Impasse with Sweeping Executive Action
3. Current Model of Border Controls Under Challenge
4. Building Borders Around Ebola
5. New Era in Immigration Enforcement at the U.S. Southwest Border
6. Governments Fear Return and Intentions of Radicalized Citizens Fighting Abroad
7. Exploitation of Migrant Workers in Asia
8. Changing Landscape Prompts Mexico’s Emergence as a Migration Manager
9. The Points System Is Dead, Long Live the Points System
10. Migration with Chinese Characteristics: Hukou Reform and Elite Emigration

[Source: Migration Information Source December 18, 2014]

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Dec 16 2014

Latest news from Migration Policy Institute

It’s that time of year again, when the Migration Policy Institute’s online journal, the Migration Information Source, kicks off its annual countdown of the Top 10 Migration Issues of 2014. This year,  Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and MPI Europe experts were invited to examine key developments and trends in migration issues and policies around the world.

Herewith the beginning of the countdown:

10. Migration with Chinese Characteristics: Hukou Reform and Elite Emigration

9. The Points System is Dead, Long Live the Points System

8. Changing Landscape Prompts Mexico’s Emergence as a Migration Manager

7. Exploitation of Migrant Workers in Asia

6. Governments Fear Return and Intentions of Radicalized Citizens Fighting Abroad

Be sure to check back next week for the Top 10 Migration Issues of 2014 to see what made the top of the list!

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Dec 09 2014

Latest Resources from Migration Information Source

Spotlight
Korean Immigrants in the United States

Migration to the United States from the Korean peninsula, largely from South Korea, owes its roots to political, military, and economic factors, with an estimated 1.1 million Korean immigrants in the United States. Korean migration to the United States has stalled in recent years, and even declined, with a small but growing number of immigrants and their U.S.-born children returning to Korea, as this article explores.

Country Profile

Ecuador: From Mass Emigration to Return Migration?

This country profile analyzes Ecuador’s migration trends and examines how remittances and return migration have become an important policy focus for a country with an estimated 1.5 million to 2 million nationals living abroad, chiefly in the United States, Spain, and Italy. As waves of emigration occurred, Ecuador also has experienced significant inflows of refugees and economic and lifestyle migrants.

[Source: Migration Information Source December 4, 2014]

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Nov 17 2014

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Policy Beat
Immigration Not Decisive in the Midterms, But Results Critical to the Congressional Debate

While immigration and the Latino vote may not have been decisive in the 2014 midterm elections, the Republican takeover of the Senate come January 2015 and increased majority in the House have significant implications for the outcome of the immigration debate. This article examines the changing dynamics and the president’s intent to proceed with executive action to shield some of the unauthorized immigrant population from deportation.

Feature
Pacific Island Nations, Criminal Deportees, and Reintegration Challenges
Pacific Islanders with criminal convictions have found themselves deported from Australia, New Zealand, or the United States, which have shifted their immigration enforcement priorities in recent years. This article explores the significant barriers to reintegration that criminal deportees in Pacific Island countries face upon their return, including difficulty accessing community networks and jobs.

[Source: Migration Information Source November 13, 2014]

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Oct 21 2014

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Feature

Pushing Out the Boundaries of Humanitarian Screening with In-Country and Offshore Processing
Recent surges in the arrival of unauthorized migrants with possible humanitarian claims have prompted the United States and the European Union to consider in-country and offshore processing for some refugee and asylum applications. As this article explores, some of the questions raised about the feasibility of such programs include their consistency with humanitarian law and their effectiveness in reducing unwanted entries.

Spotlight

Mexican Immigrants in the United States
In 2013, 11.6 million Mexican immigrants resided in the United States, accounting for 28 percent of the total foreign-born population, making Mexicans the largest immigrant group in the country. Using the latest data, this Spotlight examines the Mexican immigrant population by size, location, language ability, workforce participation, and more.

[Source: Migration Information Source October 16, 2014]

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Sep 18 2014

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Spotlight

Canadian Immigrants in the United States

Between 1960 and 2012 the Canadian share of the U.S. foreign-born population declined from 10 percent to 2 percent, while the actual number of Canadian immigrants has remained remarkably steady. Using the most up-to-date statistics, this Spotlight examines the Canadian immigrant population by size, age, location, college education, and more.

Feature

Central American Migrants and “La Bestia”: The Route, Dangers, and Government Responses

Central American migrants have long hopped freight trains known as “La Bestia,” or the beast, to get through Mexico en route to the United States. While Mexico has been accused of turning a blind eye to this traffic, U.S. outcry over the surge of unaccompanied child migrants has drawn new attention to the use of the trains. This article highlights the journey aboard the trains, the dangers faced by migrants, and responses by the Mexican government and others.

[Source: Migration Information Source September 16, 2014]

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Sep 02 2014

Latest Resources from Migration Information Source

Spotlight
Vietnamese Immigrants in the United States
The once-tiny population of Vietnamese immigrants in the United States has grown to become the country’s sixth largest foreign-born group in the span of several decades, with the first wave beginning at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. This data profile examines the Vietnamese immigrant population by size, recency of arrival, top states and cities of settlement, college education, sending of remittances, and much more.

Policy Beat
The Stalemate over Unaccompanied Minors Holds Far-Reaching Implications for Broader U.S. Immigration Debates
When Congress returns from recess in September, lawmakers will need to pick up where they left off on approving an emergency spending bill to address unaccompanied migrant children at the border. This article previews upcoming battles in Congress and analyzes how the recent border crisis is changing the broader immigration debate in the United States.

[Source: Migration Information Source August 25, 2014]

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