The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide.
MPI provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels. It aims to meet the rising demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated world.
Founded in 2001 by Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Kathleen Newland, MPI grew out of the International Migration Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
MPI is guided by the philosophy that international migration needs active and intelligent management. When such policies are in place and are responsibly administered, they bring benefits to immigrants and their families, communities of origin and destination, and sending and receiving countries.
MPI’s policy research and analysis proceed from four central propositions:
- Fair, smart, transparent, and rights-based immigration and refugee policies can promote social cohesion, economic vitality, and national security.
- Given the opportunity, immigrants become net contributors and create new social and economic assets.
- Sound immigration and integration policies result from balanced analysis, solid data, and the engagement of a spectrum of stakeholders — from community leaders and immigrant organizations to the policy elite — interested in immigration policy and its human consequences.
- National policymaking benefits from international comparative research, as more and more countries accumulate data, analysis, and policy experience related to global migration.
MPI publishes the online journal The Migration Information Source, a resource providing current and accurate migration and refugee data and analysis. The Source, guided by a panel of distinguished contributing editors, offers a country profiles, stories by leading migration thinkers, policy updates from Capitol Hill, and dispatches from foreign correspondents around the globe. The Source is an ideal tool for policymakers, journalists, researchers, and NGOs looking for accurate information on international migration. Visit the Source at www.migrationinformation.org.
For the most recent annual report issued by MPI, click here