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Demetrios Papademetriou, PhD Biography

Co-Founder and President at Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“Regularization is a worthwhile project, but we should approach it as an opportunity to strengthen our nation and deal with what has become a social and human rights issue of the first order, not just as an amnesty that so many Americans find distasteful. We should thus start from a different point: instead of asking people to prove when they arrived or were hired, matters easily subject to fraud and so simple that they risk appearing to reward illegal immigration, we should ask unauthorized immigrants to earn their new legal status. Unauthorized immigrants could begin the regularization process by registering with immigration officials and then be given, say, three years in which to qualify. The criteria for regularization should be forward-looking, easily proven, and consistent with what we as a society consider important. Steady employment, paying taxes, speaking English capably and having a clean criminal record are a good start. And the process should a pay for itself by collecting a substantial but reasonable fee from the immigrants who are regularized.”

“Evaluating a Temporary Guest Worker Proposal,” United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Testimony, Feb. 12, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Founder and President, Migration Policy Institute, 2004-present
  • Senior Associate & Co-Director of the International Migration Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Policy, 1996-2004
  • Chair of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 1992-1995
  • U.S. Representative to the Migration Committee of the OECD, 1992-1995
  • Director of Immigration Policy and Research at the U.S. Department of Labor, 1988-1992
  • Chair of the Secretary of Labor’s Immigration Policy Task Force, 1988-1992
  • Director of Population Associates International, 1983-1988
  • Senior Policy Advisor on Immigration and Refugee Issues to the National Conference of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, 1988
  • Executive Editor, International Migration Review, 1980-1983

  • Research Director of the Center for Migration Studies, New York
  • Former Faculty at the American University, University of Maryland, Duke University, and the New School for Social Research
  • PhD, Comparative Public Policy and International Relations, University of Maryland, 1976
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Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?