This week’s episode of Parsing Immigration Policy brings a global perspective to the immigration debate with Nicolas Monti and Maxime Aymar, co-founders of L’Observatoire de l’immigration et de la démographie (OID), an immigration think tank based in Paris. The guests share information on immigration trends, policies, and public sentiment in France.

The French organization was founded three years ago in response to the public’s growing distrust in immigration policies in France. France, one of the first countries to experience massive levels of immigration, especially non-European immigration, has seen immigration become an especially polarizing political topic. It is at the forefront of French political debate and an important topic for all political parties; but, as Monti and Aymar explain, the conversation has primarily become an ideological conversation. OID fills a gap in French politics by providing non-partisan facts, research, and analysis of the immigration issue.

Monti and Aymar explain immigration trends in France over the past four decades, and their impact on France’s economy, culture, and society. They also explore what motivates French people to be in favor of or against higher levels of immigration. In a unique collaboration, OID, along with like-minded research organizations in Israel, Hungary, and the United States, has established the International Network for Immigration Research (INIR), of which the Center is a member.

In his closing commentary, Mark Krikorian, host of the podcast and executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, highlights Lukeville, Ariz., the latest hotspot on the border. He references insights from the Israeli Immigration Policy Center, another member of INIR, emphasizing the importance of addressing “pull factors” for illegal aliens alongside physical barriers to maintain border security. Krikorian also emphasizes the role of the Biden administration’s catch-and-release policies in incentivizing mass illegal immigration.


Mark Krikorian is the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies.


Nicolas Monti and Maxime Aymar are co-founders of L’Observatoire de l’immigration et de la démographie (OID), an immigration think tank based in Paris.


L’Observatoire de l’immigration et de la démographie (OID)

Israeli Immigration Policy Center


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Intro Montage

Voices in the opening montage:

  • Sen. Barack Obama at a 2005 press conference.
  • Sen. John McCain in a 2010 election ad.
  • President Lyndon Johnson, upon signing the 1965 Immigration Act.
  • Booker T. Washington, reading in 1908 from his 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech.
  • Laraine Newman as a “Conehead” on SNL in 1977.
  • Hillary Clinton in a 2003 radio interview.
  • Cesar Chavez in a 1974 interview.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking to reporters in 2019.
  • Prof. George Borjas in a 2016 C-SPAN appearance.
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions in 2008 comments on the Senate floor.
  • Charlton Heston in “Planet of the Apes”.

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