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June 1995, Volume 2, Number 6

The Americas

Clinton Proposals to Reduce Illegal Immigration
On May 3, 1995, Senators Kennedy (D-MA), Boxer (D-CA), and Simon (D-IL), formally introduced President Clinton's proposals to deal with illegal

Western Growers to Ask for Guest Workers
The proposed crackdown on illegal immigration has led California's growers to call for a guest worker program that would permit them to legally hire

Guantanamo Cubans to enter the US
After two months of secret talks with representatives of Fidel Castro, the Clinton Administration on May 2 announced that the 21,000 Cubans in

Republicans Divided on Immigration
Republican success during their first 100 days of considering the Contract with America has been credited to, inter alia, a willingness to march in

Women and Asylum
On May 26, 1995, the US followed the lead of Canada and issued new guidelines that recognize rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence

Mexican Dual Citizenship and Devaluation
The Mexican Congress is considering a constitutional amendment that would allow Mexicans to hold dual citizenship. Mexican immigrants in the US could

House Solicits Immigration Suggestions
The House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims on May 17 opened hearings on legal immigration reform. Subcommittee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) noted

TV News Show Tackles Migration
On May 11, the CBS-News TV program 48 Hours aired a segment on abuse of the attestation procedures under which US employers can "attest" that they

Nicaraguans Protest
On May 19, it was reported that the 22,000 Nicaraguans whose work permits have been renewed on a year-to-year basis while their asylum applications

Bilingual Education and Immigrant Integration
The Bilingual Education Act of 1967 required local school districts to teach subjects such as math and science in the native language of students, at


Asian Maids
There are between one million and 1.7 million women employed as foreign maids throughout Asia and Middle East. The largest number are

Foreign Workers in Singapore
On Sunday evenings thousands of Indians and Bangladeshis descend upon vacant lots in the City Center of Singapore to talk with friends. About 30,000

More Foreign Workers for Taiwan
The Taiwan Council of Labor Affairs started accepting applications from employers for 8,200 foreign workers. The workers will come from Thailand, the

Japan's Worker Training Program
The Japan International Training Cooperation Organization was set up by the Ministries of Trade and Industry, Labour, Construction and Justice in

Malaysian Reliance on /a>Foreign Workers
Malaysia's booming economy has drawn more than a million migrants from Indonesia, the Philippines and Bangladesh, among others, in search of jobs.

Philippine Economics and Migration
The Philippines, sometimes called "the sick man of Asia", grew by 5.1 percent in 1994, giving the country a GDP of about $50 billion, and exports of

Vietnamese Refugees Riot in Hong Kong/a>
Over the weekend of May 20-21, 1995, several thousand Vietnamese boat people rioted while being transferred from one camp to another in Hong Kong,


Italy, Albania Take Measures to Control Illegal Immigration
Every night hundreds of Kurds, Albanians, Yugoslavs, and Chinese are ferried from Albania across the Adriatic Sea to Italy. At its closest point,

Over 10 Million Muslim Immigrants in Europe
There are 10 to 13 million Muslims in France, Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands, mostly immigrants and their children from North Africa, Turkey,

Asylum Seekers in Germany
The number of asylum seekers in Germany fell to 8,500 in April 1995, a six year low. Some 40,400 foreigners have applied for asylum in Germany so far

British Immigration Crackdown
Home Secretary Michael Howard has proposed new powers for public officials to investigate claims of suspected illegal immigrants who use public

Immigration in French Elections
Immigration played an important role in the closing days of the French presidential election held on May 7, 1995, which was won by Paris Mayor

Migration Into Russia
Migrants from ex-Soviet states and the Third World are continuing to enter Russia. Since 1994, about 2.5 million people have moved to Russia from the

Illegal Aliens in Bulgaria
Bulgaria reports that there are between 15,000 and 40,000 illegal aliens in the country. The chief of police reports that there is a ring smuggling


Illegal Immigrants on the Subcontinent
Bangladeshi troops have been ordered by the government to shoot-on-sight any "illegally entered foreigners" who violate the night curfew along the

Palestinian Workers and Refugees
At a May 22 Israeli cabinet meeting, several ministers demanded that the government limit the country's increasing dependence on foreign guest

Saudi Legalization
The Saudi government plans to offer amnesty to an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants in the country. Most are Moslems who entered Saudi Arabia on

Urban Institute Workshop on Guest Workers
As Congress and the administration step up their efforts to reduce illegal immigration, and consider proposals to reduce legal immigration and to

Immigration in the Americas
The North-South Center at the University of Miami held a workshop May 19-20 on International Migration and Immigration Policy in the Americas to