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October 1996, Volume 3, Number 10

THE AMERICAS

Immigration Overhaul
On September 25, 1996, by a vote of 305 to 123, the House approved a bill aimed at reducing illegal immigration and reducing access of legal

Naturalization Controversy
In FY96, some 1.1 to 1.2 million immigrants are expected to become American citizens, more than doubling FY95's record 445,852 naturalizations. The

Welfare Changes Implemented
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, scheduled to go into full effect on October 1, 1996, makes most legal

Mexico: Polls, Remittances and Economy
Polls. An August 1996 Los Angeles Times poll of 1,500 Mexicans in Mexico and 1,572 US adults found that 73 percent of those interviewed in

INS Enforcement
The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) announced on September 5 that a series of worksite enforcement operations at 487 businesses in 13

Canadian Immigrants
Canada is expected to add 220,000 immigrants to its 30 million population in 1996, a much higher rate of immigration than the US, which is expecting

ASIA

Internal Migration and Stability in China
China's population hit 1.2 billion at the end of 1995, so that China had 21 percent of the world's 5.8 billion residents. About 45 percent of China's

Singapore: Illegals in Construction
Singapore employs about 350,000 foreign workers, and foreign workers are 20 percent of the island nation's labor force. Singapore is

Foreign Workers in Malaysia
A Malaysian cabinet committee on foreign workers will conduct a study of foreign workers following complaints by Bangladeshi workers of harassment in

Taiwan Considering Freeze on Foreign Worker Permits
Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development on August 15, 1996 asked the Council for Labor Affairs to freeze new approvals for foreign

 
EUROPE

Germany Begins to Return Bosnians
Ex-Yugoslavia. Germany plans to begin returning 320,000 persons to Bosnia-Herzegovina on October 1, 1996, in a process that will continue

UK: Welfare for Asylum Seekers
On September 23, the Secretary for States of Social Security, Peter Lilley, told Parliament of new regulations which allow asylum seekers who have

France: African Immigrants
On September 12, 1996, hundreds of African and Asian immigrants occupied a Paris police office that issues residence permits, demanding residence

Sweden Tightens Asylum
Swedish Citizenship and Asylum Minister Pierre Schori on September 20, 1996 proposed legislation that would tighten asylum and refugee regulations.

Italy: Amnesty for Enforcement Assistance?
Italy is experimenting with amnesty for illegal aliens who help the authorities locate and prosecute persons who break immigration laws. Under the

Illegal Immigration into Spain
Many Africans attempt to cross the Strait of Gibraltar by boat from Tangier, Morocco to Tarifa, Spain. The going rate is $600 to cross by boat at

Immigration in Austrian Elections
Election posters throughout Vienna proclaim, "Vienna must not become like Chicago." The election posters are for Freedom Party city council candidate

Kurds and Refugees
There are two major factions fighting for independence for the 15 to 20 million ethnic Kurds scattered across Turkey, Iran and Iraq. In September

Illegal Immigration into Poland
Some 163 illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Liberia, India and Cameroon were detained in September in a village in Warsaw

OTHER

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait: Reduce Dependence on Foreigners?
In Saudi Arabia, where six of seven service workers are foreigners, the government has hired foreign firms to teach young Saudis desirable work

Immigration into Argentina
Argentina (36 million population) is a magnet for migrants from Bolivia (seven million), Peru (24 million) and Paraguay (five million).

100,000 Immigrants to Australia
The number of immigrants arriving in Australia rose to 99,139 in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996. The three leading countries of origin were New

Slate on Immigration
The Internet magazine Slate--http://www.slate.com/COC/96-08-19/CoC.asp--hosted a discussion of immigration and poverty August 19-23, 1995, in which