Social Science Research Institutes

Migration Policy Institute

WASHINGTON, DC   |  www.migrationpolicy.org

Mission

The mission of the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute is to improve immigration and immigrant integration policies so they ensure the best outcomes for both receiving communities and immigrants themselves. MPI does this through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions.

Ruling year info

2001

President

Dr. Andrew Selee

Main address

1400 16TH ST NW Suite 300

WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

52-2279789

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (V05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As the numbers of international migrants increase, governments and publics around the world are confronting new challenges -- and opportunities -- around immigration, whether in the workplace, the classroom, or in society more broadly. The issue of immigration intersects with other megatrends facing major immigrant-destination countries: Aging workforces, automation, the changing relationship between employers and workers, and continuing effects of globalization, among them. In highly industrialized economies such as in the United States and Europe, the cascading effects of multiple migration crises -- coupled with new spontaneous flows and dramatically changing political backdrops -- have given way to deep anxiety about the effects of immigration and whether current legal frameworks and institutions are fit for purpose.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

U.S. Immigration Policy Program

The U.S. Immigration Policy Program analyzes U.S. policies and their impacts, as well as the complex demographic, economic, political, foreign policy, and other forces that shape immigration to the United States. The program also offers influential thought leadership and policy recommendations regarding ways to improve the U.S. immigration system.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Academics

The National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy is a crossroads for elected officials, grassroots and nonprofit leaders, educators, journalists, researchers, local service providers, state and local agency managers, and others who seek to understand and respond to the challenges and opportunities today’s high rates of immigration create in local communities. Key services the Center provides include policy-focused research, policy design, leadership development, technical assistance and training for government officials and community leaders, and an electronic resource center on immigrant integration issues with a special focus on state and local policies and data.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants, newcomers, refugees
Children and youth (0-19 years)

MPI’s International Program acts as a policy laboratory for developing innovative, evidence-based, and politically feasible solutions to worldwide migration policy challenges. From advising countries holding the rotating EU Presidency on migration and immigrant integration matters to crafting policy memos for national governments rethinking their asylum, border, integration, or citizenship policies, MPI’s International Program strives to inform ongoing policy debates in Europe, North America, Latin Americ, and Asia, as well as at the global level.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

MPI is guided by the belief that countries must have sensible, well thought-out immigration and integration policies in order to ensure the best outcomes for both immigrants and receiving communities, particularly at a time of enhanced global mobility and increased economic interconnectedness. Founded in 2001, MPI has established itself as a leading institution in the field of migration policy and as a source of authoritative research, learning opportunities, and new policy ideas. MPI maintains a special commitment to work on immigration and integration policies in North America and Europe, where its two offices are located, but it also remains active around the world, and takes a global and comparative approach to migration issues when possible.

To achieve its goal of advancing sensible, well-thought out immigration and immigrant integration policies that work for all elements of society, MPI: 1. Provides accessible and essential data and thoughtful analysis of key immigration and integration issues facing policymakers, the public, and others 2. Pursues world-class, evidence-based research that fills major gaps of understanding around migration flows and immigration and integration policy 3. Assesses the effectiveness of current immigration and integration policies, as well as the impact of immigration on labor markets, educational outcomes, and social cohesion 4. Promotes a trusted space for dialogue and a series of learning opportunities around ways to address immigration and integration issues 5. Provides technical assistance to policymakers, practitioners, and nongovernmental organizations that are trying to solve specific immigration and integration challenges 6. Develops innovative policy ideas to address immigration and integration challenges more effectively.

Drawing from a deep bench of migration-focused researchers, public policy experts who have held significant positions in government, and a professional team of managers and communications experts, MPI has built a peerless reputation around the world for smart, strategic, thoughtful policy analysis and policy design. It also is widely recognized as the rare organization that can convene stakeholders from across the spectrum to meet in private and public spaces that permit candid dialogue and problem-solving. MPI's team draws on the advice and counsel of an active, engaged board of trustees.

MPI measures its success against a range of qualitative and quantitative indicators. On the quantitative front, the institute assesses its performance by tracking publication downloads, mentions in the media, citations by other researchers, social media and multimedia engagement, congressional testimony and speaking engagement requests, etc. For MPI, as for all others in the public policy world, it is far harder to measure the deeper effects in shaping public policy and understanding. Here, MPI assesses its impact based on conversations with policymakers and key stakeholders, as well as the uptake of its policy ideas by others and its success in bringing forward information or analysis that helps shed new light or recast knowledge about various aspects of immigration.

In less than two decades of existence, MPI has established itself as the premier organization studying international migration trends/policies and advancing smart policy concepts in the United States and globally. During that time, MPI has published more than 800 reports and 26 books, established its widely respected online journal (the Migration Information Source) and a highly useful Migration Data Hub, convened hundreds of public and private events and conferences, advised a number of EU presidencies on migration and integration policies, testified before Congress and other parliamentary bodies in North America and Europe, been cited in Supreme Court and other legal briefs and rulings, and served as on-call advisor for national and subnational governments across the political spectrum. In the think tank world more broadly, MPI has projected policy reach and visibility well in excess of its size, for example being ranked the 43rd top think tank in the United States in 2018 by the University of Pennsylvania's Global Go To Think Tank Index, and among the top 100 social policy think tanks globally.

Financials

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Migration Policy Institute

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James Ziglar

Nicholas DiMarzio

Bishop of Brooklyn

Malcolm Brown

Former Deputy Minister of Public Safety, Canada

Michael Fix

Migration Policy Institute

Louis Freedberg

EdSource

Warren Leiden

Berry, Appleman & Leiden

Elisa Massimino

Harvard University

Gustavo Betancourt

Grupo Atalaya

Kathleen Newland

Migration Policy Institute

Demetrios Papademetriou

Migration Policy Institute

Andrew Selee

Migration Policy Institute

Lidia Soto-Harmon

Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital

Rita Süssmuth

Former President, German Bundestag

C. Stewart Verdery

Monument Advocacy

Keywords

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