Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of MPI's U.S. Immigration Policy Program, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for a hearing examining the unauthorized immigrant population in the United States and proposals to bring in future workers via legal channels.
Policymakers, the public, and the media were seemingly caught off-guard in spring 2014 when a surge of child migrants from Central America reached the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers. Yet the uptick began in 2011. This report examines the causes of this surge and recommends policy solutions to advance both critical protection and enforcement goals in situations of complex, mixed flows.
Two Eritreans wait to board a ferry in Greece (A. D'Amato/UNHCR)
Much attention has focused recently on the possibility of the European Union establishing processing centers in North Africa or elsewhere to manage asylum seekers and migrants traveling to Europe, despite the fact no policy proposal is formally on the table. This commentary examines the opportunities and drawbacks of extraterritorial processing, and suggests the need for a well-informed discussion.
More than 51 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced today as refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced persons. This report details the increasing mismatch between the legal and normative frameworks that define the existing protection regime and the contemporary patterns of forced displacement.
With the question of birthright citizenship back in the news, it is a timely moment to review this MPI policy brief, The Demographic Impacts of Repealing Birthright Citizenship. The brief finds that repeal of birthright citizenship for U.S.-born children of unauthorized immigrants would significantly increase the size of the unauthorized immigrant population in the United States, from 11 million today to 16 million by 2050.
Want to learn where immigrants in your state or metro area are from? These interactive maps display the top 15 origin countries of immigrants in the United States by state and metropolitan area, as well as top origin regions by state, based on U.S. Census Bureau data from 2009-2013.