Immigrant Legalization in the United States and European Union: Policy Goals and Program Design
Immigrant legalization, while highly controversial on both sides of the Atlantic, is a critical and widely used tool for managing illegal immigration. Lawmakers seeking to design effective legalization regimes must balance competing goals: inclusiveness versus avoidance of rewarding illegal behavior, and assuring a high rate of participation without admitting ineligible migrants or encouraging future illegal migration.
This Policy Brief, the third in a series on legalization, examines the legalization debate and discusses policy parameters that characterize legalization programs, such as qualifications, requirements, benefits, and program design and implementation.
Rosenblum, M. R. (2010). Immigrant Legalization in the United States and European Union: Policy Goals and Program Design. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.