Op-ed/Articles

Giovanni Peri and Reem Zaiour for Econofact and Marketwatch

A new memo by GMC Director Giovanni Peri and GMC Graduate Student Affiliate Reem Zaiour notes the effect of travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 Pandemic on immigrant arrivals in the United States. The data suggests that there has been two million fewer migrants than expected based on previous trends, where one million of those would have been college educated. This drop in foreign labor supply evidently seems to be a contributor of the current job shortage and could remain as an impediment as employment recovery as the economy heats up.

New Policy Brief

A New Policy Brief by Zofia Wlodarczyk and Joanna Regulska has been added to the Policy Briefs page on the Global Migration Website. We encourage everybody to check it out!

Jeffrey Kahn for Slate

GMC Affiliate Jeffrey Kahn wrote about the decision from the Biden administration to support Title 42 expulsions. What Kahn finds particularly disturbing is that the administration's justification demonstrates the same err in logic as it did in the 1990s - that public health safety necessitates a retraction of asylum protection to Haitian immigrants. This logic rhymes with reasoning employed in the 1990s when HIV-positive Haitian immigrants were detained in Guantánamo, despite the opposition from the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the CDC, and WHO.

Robert McKee Irwin for Inkstick

Robert Irwin has published a feature article, "The Biden Administration's Waning Credibility on Humanitarian Migration Policy: The Unethical Treatment of Haitians at the Texas Border," on the foreign policy news and commentary website.

Find the article here.

Santiago Pérez and Coauthors Featured in a New York Times Editorial by David Brooks

Research by Pérez and coauthors found itself in a recent opinion piece by David Brooks. Brooks attempts to answer a question on the minds of many individuals in the contemporary: just how racist is America? Brooks used the research by Pérez and company in his discussion of financial mobility rates for immigrants. The research revealed that children of immigrants have higher rates of upward mobility than children of the US-born. But to Brooks, is this enough to conclude that America is free of any race related sins?

Robert McKee Irwin Published in Inkstick

Biden's plan of comprehensive immigration reform generated grievances from many anti-immigrant activists and politicians. What is lost upon these critics is how the proposed legislation pertains to two separate populations of migrants: those who have been deported and those who seek asylum. Irwin illustrates that the difference between these two groups creates a necessary dissimilarity in the proposed policies of the Biden administration.

Giovanni Peri and Coauthors Published in VoxEu

European countries have faced a longstanding dilemma of how to best integrate refugees into their economies. Some countries elect to teach language skills to refugees while others opt to assist in job searching. The article published by Dr. Peri and coauthors investigates the impact of teaching language skills more closely. What they found was that providing language training greatly increased the employment rate and wage rate of refugees, along with many other benefits.

Robert McKee Irwin has Article Published in The Conversation, The Telegraph, and Virginia Mercury

Irwin discusses the potential ramifications of Biden's proposed immigration overhaul. The most recent legislative pieces aim to end the practice of separating immigrant families. To illustrate the devastating effects that splitting family can have, Irwin features accounts from two immigrants who have fallen victim to family separation.

To read the full article in The Conversation, click here