With headlines focusing on the Trump administration’s efforts to build more wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, in this edition of Wilson Center NOW we attempt to separate those headlines from trendlines in global migration with Wilson Center Global Fellow James Hollifield.  Hollifield highlights how the U.S. and other nations will need to reform their systems and increasingly compete among themselves for increased immigration as fertility rates fall below replacement levels around the developed world.


James Hollifield is Professor of Political Science, Ora Nixon Arnold Chair in International Political Economy, and Director of the Tower Center, SMU. He received his PhD in political science from Duke University in 1985. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, he has worked as a consultant for a variety of governmental and intergovernmental organizations, and he has published widely on international political and economic issues, including Immigrants, Markets and States (Harvard UP), Migration Theory (Routledge), and Controlling Immigration (Stanford UP). His current projects include The Emerging Migration State—a study of how states manage international migration for strategic gains—and International Political Economy: History, Theory and Policy (Cambridge UP).


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.