Friday, November 12, 2021

World of Migration Podcasts on Immigrant Integration

Immigrant integration is the secret sauce as to whether immigration policy is successful or not. Yet the issue often receives far less attention, especially in the United States, than questions around border security, immigration flows, or the unauthorized population. What policy levers exist to make sure that immigration can bring net positives to both immigrants and receiving societies? And how do approaches to integration differ in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere?

The latest two episodes of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) special 20th anniversary podcast series, World of Migration, focus on the essential role that integration plays in immigration policy, and which policies can help harness the value of immigration.

“In the immigration debate in the [United States] we often think of it just in terms of numbers and categories. Of who is going to get into the country or who might be subject to deportation or removal,” the director of MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, Margie McHugh, says in the first of the two episodes. “We don’t put nearly as much energy into trying to make sure that immigration works when you are close to the ground.”

In the next episode, MPI Senior Fellow and former President Michael Fix explains how labor market integration measures, including a greater focus on credential recognition, could allow immigrants to more fully utilize the academic and professional skills they bring with them and address persisting economic and social inequities. The episode also delves into the fiscal costs and benefits of immigration, taking on the question of whether immigration is a net positive or cost.

“Brain waste, which is by no means limited to immigrants, represents an important unrecognized face of inequality in the United States,” Fix explains.

You can listen to all the episodes of World of Migration, including these two, wherever you get your podcasts or on the MPI website:


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