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Migration and Border Policy links: President-elect Trump, China-EU cooperation, ‘$mart Finance’ and more

German aid to African states, integrating immigrants, human trafficking and more.

Migration and Border Policy links: President-elect Trump, China-EU cooperation, ‘$mart Finance’ and more
Published 18 Nov 2016 

By Shazia Lateef, an intern with the Lowy Institute's Migration and Border Policy Project.

  • Experts from the Brookings Institute have given their opinions on the Trump administration’s stance on refugees (among other policy pledges).
  • Despite the rhetoric on the campaign trail, a range of post-election data indicate that a majority of Trump voters do not support proposals that would deport massive numbers or immigrants and are more likely to favor productive immigration solutions.
  • ‘Do we want to see migration as it has always been – a positive force that can contribute to diversity and development – or should we let others brand migration as a scourge that must be halted?’ – the dilemma IOM Director General William Lacy Swing presented in a video statement to a conference on Border Management in Bangkok this week.
  • Check out the new ‘$mart Finance’ app – a new financial literacy application targeting young people between the ages of 15 to 35 launched last week by the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU) under the framework of the ACP-EU Migration Action. Implemented by IOM, the program provides users with the basics in budgeting and financial planning.
  • Germany has increased aid to African states in a bid to curb irregular migration. The foreign ministry claims the aid will benefit those living in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
  • Listen to this podcast from Antoine Pécoud for the International Migration Institute on how international institutions frame migration and make recommendations for governing it.
  • The Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy found that a two-generational program combining early childhood services with adult literacy or workforce training is key to successful integration of immigrants in the US.
  • Friction among EU member states on refugee intake has left Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic determined to uphold their own migration agendas.
  • The EU has reinforced its commitment to tackling the migration crisis, increasing security and creating jobs with its long-awaited agreement on a budget.
  • The IOMs two-day workshop ‘International Standards for Identifying and Assisting Victims of Trafficking’ facilitated Chinese-EU cooperation on human trafficking, focusing on victim identification, protection and assistance.

Photo: Getty Images/John Moore

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