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November 1995, Volume 2, Number 11

The Americas

Congressional Action on Immigration
The House Judiciary Committee, completed its markup of the 364-page Immigration in the National Interest Act, HR 2202, on October 24, 1995, voting

Welfare and Immigration
The House and Senate in October approved budget proposals for FY96, that began October 1, 1995, that are projected to reduce federal spending by

INS Trumpets Gatekeeper
On October 1, 1994, the INS launched Operation Gatekeeper--a system to prevent illegal entry by deterring aliens from attempting to enter the US with

Temporary Skilled Immigrants
In October 1995, the 32,000 machinists at the Boeing Company's US factories went on strike, in part to protest Boeing plans to move some skilled jobs

Prop 187 Hearings Pending
One year after its approval by a vote of 59 to 41 percent, California's Prop. 187 remains tied up in court. There are two distinct cases

Mexico: Immigration and NAFTA
On October 10, Mexican President Zedillo came to Washington, where he repaid ahead of schedule $700 million of the $12.5 billion Mexico borrowed from

Migration in the Americas
There is a significant amount of migration within Central and Latin America. Peruvians are found in Mexico and Mexicans in Canada. NAFTA has removed


Hong Kongto Reduce Foreign Workers
In mid-October, Hong Kong cut its foreign worker quota from 25,000 to 5,000 because of an unemployment rate that hit a 10-year high of 3.5 percent of

Migrant Workers and Growth in Asia
Estimates of the number of migrant workers in Asia range from two million to 13 million. Whatever the exact amount, the number of migrants is up

Taiwan Fights Illegal Workers, Increases Foreign Workers
Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs has launched an aggressive campaign to enforce the nation's immigration laws against illegal foreign workers and

Singapore Sees Rise in Illegal Alien Employment
Singapore has about 300,000 foreign workers employed under one of the strictest guest worker programs in the world, but illegal alien employment in

Migration within China
China is the world's most populous country, with 1.2 billion residents, and one of the fastest growing countries--growth averaged 10 percent or more


British Immigration Reform
An Immigration and Asylum Bill that strengthens immigration controls and makes it harder for asylum applicants to settle in the UK is expected to be

France: Ban Immigrants?
A mayor in southern France has asked the government for permission to prevent immigrants from settling in his city. The city council of Beaucaire, in

Italian Immigration Reform
Under pressure from the Northern League and the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS), Italy's biggest party, Italy's coalition government in

Czech Republic Looks for Workers
Many Czech companies are complaining of labor shortages, prompting some, including electrical equipment plants, to bring in foreign workers. Prague,

Austria: Immigration and Elections
Joerg Haider, leader of the Freedom Party, in mid-October called for Austria's 562,000 immigrants to be repatriated so that they could be "reunited

The Netherlands: Return Bonuses
The Dutch city of Rotterdam, where nearly a quarter of the residents are foreign, is offering $16,000 to each immigrant who returns home to start a


Libya Expels Guest Workers
In September 1995, Libya announced that it was ending its dependence on foreign workers to open up jobs for Libyans, and to reduce illegal

Israeli Immigration and Guest Workers
Israel is a country peopled largely by immigrants. Since its establishment in 1948, some 2.5 million immigrants arrived, and 70,000 per year are

Pakistan Arrests Illegal Bangladeshi Workers
Pakistan arrested or detained nearly 2,000 Bangladeshis the week of October 23 as the government imposed new rules to reduce illegal immigrants in

New Zealand Restricts Immigration
New Zealand, a country of 3.5 million, announced revisions to its immigration policies that will reduce the influx of immigrants, leading to charges

Foreign Mineworkers in South Africa Get Vote; Residency
Following a request form the National Union of Mineworkers, South African President Nelson Mandela held talks with several senior government

UAE Spares Philippines Maid
The United Arab Emirates will not execute a Filipina maid who was found guilty of killing her employer. The maid claims that she killed her employer

Comparative Migration Policies
A 358 page book that includes chapters on the evolution of and current issues in immigration in the US, Australia, France, Germany, the UK, and Italy

Immigrants and Urban Renewal
A 96-page book that explores how newcomers and established residents are working together to rebuild their communities. Quiroz, Julia Teresa. 1995.

Ebert Stiftung Publications
The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung has released two more collections of edited papers that were presented at recent seminars. No 34, Minderheiten und