The Migration Policy Institute was started in 2001 from a research arm of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), a foreign policy think tank. The organization's co-founders, Demetrios Papademetriou and Kathleen Newland, still work at the institute, as president and director, respectively, but have promoted sneior vice president Michael Fix to a new role as CEO, running the daily operations of the institute.
The institute studies immigration and refugee policies here and abroad. The State, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security departments fund the organization, as do European governments, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Norway and the Netherlands.
The profile notes that Fix worked at the Urban Institute, a Washington, DC-based think tank for economic and social policy research, for more than 20 years and directed its immigration research from 1998 to 2004.
Here is a link to MPI's homepage. Here is a link to its sources of support (i.e., funding). Donors include: CEIP, Delegation of the European Union to the United States, Government of Canada, Government of Taiwan, Government of Sweden, Urban Institute, US Census Bureau, and the World Bank.