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April 1999, Volume 6, Number 4

THE AMERICAS

INS: Fewer Workplace Raids
The INS, which has 1,750 agents for interior enforcement, announced in March that its current enforcement strategy is not reducing the number of

Clinton to Central America
President Clinton visited Nicaragua and El Salvador in early March, just as the INS announced that it was resuming deportations of Central Americans:

Mexico: Guest Workers
After a March meeting between the US and Mexican labor secretaries, former Mexican Labor Secretary Jose Antonio Gonzalez said that Mexico would ask

US Courts: Mixed Decisions
Many of the court-stripping provisions of the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant

INS: Investors, Nurses
Investors. The US investor visa program, which offers immigrant visas to foreigners who invest at least $500,000 and create or preserve 10 US

Congress: Hearings
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) held four hearings in March 1999 on various aspects of immigration. The March 4, 1999 testimony focused on temporary

Canada: Students, Caregivers
A report released by the Edmonton-based Prairie Center of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration found that foreign-born high school

California, New York, Utah
California: Prop 187. Governor Gray Davis, who replaced Pete Wilson after November 1998 elections, is considering dropping the state's appeal of a

US Population, English, Economy
Population. The Census Bureau in March 1999 released "Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 1850

ASIA

Hong Kong: Children, China
In January 1999, Hong Kong's highest court ruled that the estimated 350,000 mainland Chinese children with one Hong Kong parent, including those who

Japan: End to Fingerprinting?
In March 1999, the Japanese Cabinet endorsed a revision of the 1952 Alien Registration Law that would substitute a signature for a fingerprint when

Malaysia: Free Mobility Call
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed has made many bold assertions, including charging that western banks manipulated financial flows to cause

Singapore's Foreign Workers
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong defended Singapore's policy of welcoming foreign workers and professionals despite calls for a "Singaporeans first"

Philippines: Migrants Up
The Department of Labor and Employment reported that 755, 684 land- and sea-based Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) were sent to 182 destinations

 
EUROPE

Kosovo Refugees
NATO began bombing Serb positions in Kosovo and Serbia on March 24, 1999, and Yugoslavia launched an ethnic cleansing campaign. Some 140,000 refugees

Germany: Dual Nationality
On March 11, the SPD-Green government unveiled a revised dual nationality proposal that incorporated an earlier FDP proposal to allow children born

Benelux: Asylum Strains
Several individuals and cities have bought or attempted to buy buildings to prevent them from being turned into housing for asylum seekers. In Vught,

UK, Ireland Join Schengen
The UK and Ireland, neither of them signatories of the Schengen agreement, announced in March 1999 that they would participate in the Schengen

Eastern Europe, Russia
Poland. The Polish Ministry of Labor estimates that there are between 150,000 to 200,000 immigrants working illegally in Poland. The NIK

Morocco, Spain, France
A 1998 survey done for Casablanca's Le Journal found that 54 percent of Moroccans would "certainly" leave if given the chance to live in a country of

Turkey-EU Relations Frosty
Turkish-EU relations reached a new low in Spring 1999, as Turks dwelt on the fact that currently imprisoned Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan

OTHER

Australia: Migrants
Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock in March announced Australia would not make it easier for nonimmigrant tourists to obtain temporary work visas.

India-Bangladesh
India in March 1999 announced that that 15 million Indians abroad could obtain Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards valid for 20 years at a cost of

Africa
South Africa. The UNHCR is predicting a "refugee crisis" in southern Africa, as residents flee fighting in states that range from Angola to

The Laboratory of our Future
Bowden, Charles. 1998. Juarez. The Laboratory of our Future. New York. Aperture Books. April. [url=http://www.aperture.org/]http://www.aperture.org/[/url] This book is an

French Insecurity and Immigrants
By: Mark Miller, University of Delaware, [email]mjmiller@UDel.Edu[/email] France began 1999 in a tense mood. In mid-December, the killing of a