Edward Alden discusses the struggle to overcome the legacy of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act and argues that increases in border enforcement over the past thirty years may be the strongest argument for why immigration reform in 2013 would not be a repeat of 1986.
Migrants suffer as countries around the world adopt protectionist measures to respond to the global downturn. This could trigger economic and social instability in poorer countries, while adversely affecting rich economies in the long-term.
Speaker: Eric Paul Schwartz Presider: Frank E. Loy
In advance of the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Schwartz discusses U.S. policy on international migration and the foreign policy aspects of the domestic immigration debate.
China's rapid economic development has been fueled in large part by a massive migration of rural workers to cities and industrial zones. Young, poorly educated, and highly mobile, these workers continue to face discrimination due to their rural origins and transitory status.
This report from Amnesty International describes the plight of the estimated 150-200 million rural-to-urban migrants who have moved to China’s cities in search of work and better lives in what has been called "the world’s largest ever peacetime migration", documenting how they are treated as second class citizens within their own country.
The Global Commission on International Migration, which presented its Report to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UN member states on 5 October 2005, says that the international community has failed to realize the full potential of international migration and has not risen to the many opportunities and challenges it presents. Greater coherence, cooperation and capacity are required for a more effective governance of migration, at national, regional and global levels
International Organization for Migration. World Migration 2005: Costs and Benefits of International Migration
Where are people migrating today and why? What are the implications for the world's developing and industrialized economies? And what are the key issues facing policy makers in migrant origin, destination, and transit countries? World Migration 2005 analyses the effects of globalization, trade liberalization, economic integration and the widening gap between rich and poor nations on migration flows.
This CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force finds that Africa is of growing strategic importance to the United States in addition to being an important humanitarian concern, and finds that critical humanitarian interests would be better served by a more comprehensive U.S. approach toward Africa.
CFR Experts Guide
The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called "fellows"). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.