1. Children on the Run: An Analysis of First-Hand Accounts from Children Fleeing Central America


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    This Migration Policy Institute event with UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres features findings from UNHCR’s report, "Children on the Run," which examines the increasing numbers of children from Central America and Mexico who head off alone to find refuge in the United States, fleeing violence, insecurity, and abuse in their communities and at home. The panel moderated by Kathleen Newland, Director of the Refugee Protection and Migrants, Migration, and Development Programs at MPI, also includes speakers Javier Sagredo, an advisor in the UN Development Programme's Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Leslie E. Vélez, UNHCR Senior Protection Officer. A troubling new trend has emerged among those seeking asylum: the number of children making the treacherous journey alone and unaccompanied from Mexico and the countries of Central America—particularly El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala—has doubled each year since 2010. And the U.S. government estimates 60,000 children will reach U.S. soil this fiscal year in search of safe haven. This discussion surrounding the UNHCR study, which was based on interviews that a team of researchers did with more than 400 unaccompanied children, analyzes the reasons behind the growing migration of this vulnerable population and makes recommendations for a way forward. The UNHCR report is available online here: http://www.unhcrwashington.org/sites/default/files/UAC_UNHCR_Children%20on%20the%20Run_Full%20Report.pdf

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    • Migration Policy Institute 10th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony


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      During its 10th Anniversary celebration in Washington, DC on April 19, 2012, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) held a ceremony and awards program. MPI President Demetrios Papademetriou opened the program (0:01), which included Leadership in Public Policy Awards for the lead sponsors of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) (17:27) and former Rep. Ron Mazzoli (D-KY) (14:25 and 21:00); a Leadership in International Migration Policy Award to former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato (31:17); a Global Visionary Award to Open Society Foundations President Aryeh Neier (36:45); and Young Innovator Awards to the co-founders of the OneVietnam Network, Uyen Nguyen and James Huy Bao (57:15). The evening featured video acceptance remarks from Sen. Simpson; a discussion between Rep. Mazzoli and MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner; a keynote address by Mr. Neier; acceptance of the Amato award by Italian Embassy representative Cristiano Maggipinto; acceptance remarks by Ms. Nguyen; and closing comments by the chair of MPI's Board of Trustees, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio (01:04:31).

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      • Refugee Resettlement in the United States


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        This briefing at the Migration Policy Institute focuses on a report examining the challenges of refugee resettlement in the United States. The report, Refugee Resettlement in the United States: An Examination of Challenges and Proposed Solutions, was the work of a team at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), in conjunction with the International Rescue Committee. The report reviews the structure and functioning of the resettlement program and offers recommendations for improvements ranging from pre-arrival orientation through the arrival and settlement process to secondary migration from initial resettlement. The discussion was moderated by Kathleen Newland, Director of the Refugee Protection Program at the Migration Policy Institute; and the speakers were one of the report’s authors, MPI Associate Policy Analyst Kate Brick, and Robert Carey, Vice President of Resettlement and Migration Policy, International Rescue Committee. The report’s co-authors, Samia Elshafie, Alan Krill, and Megan McGlynn Scanlon also offered some comments.

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        • Stranded Migrants: A New Challenge for the International Community


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          With global mobility on the rise, the international community is finally grappling with the challenge of stranded migrants, one of the main agenda items for the High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development in the UN General Assembly in October 2013. In this podcast, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General William Lacy Swing reflects on IOM’s long experience with stranded migrants and the ways in which the organization is preparing proactively to address their needs. He explains IOM’s approaches in the context of the High-Level Dialogue and the opportunity it presents for states to come together to address the new migration challenges of the 21st century. InterAction President and CEO Sam Worthington joins Ambassador Swing to discuss how NGOs work with governments and other organizations to address the needs of the most vulnerable populations and protect them from abuses often suffered by migrants. This event was moderated by Kathleen Newland, who directs MPI’s Migrants, Migration, and Development Program. For more information, visit http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/migration_development.php.

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