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July 1996, Volume 3, Number 7

The Americas

Congress Works to Revise Immigration Law
As Congress struggled to reconcile the immigration bills approved by the US House of Representatives in March, 1996, and by the Senate in May 1996,

INS: Enforcement and Asylum
Border Control. On May 28, 1996, the INS announced that it was adding 185 agents to patrol the eastern parts of San Diego county to curb

Mexico: Voting Rights and Emigration
Voting Rights. In mid-June, Mexico's major political parties, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the left-leaning Democratic

California: Internal Migration and Strikes
Internal Migration. California in July 1995 had an estimated 32 million residents, reflecting 569,000 births in 1994-95, 222,000 deaths,

Immigration Update in New York, Florida and Illinois
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on June 6 criticized Bob Dole for supporting immigration legislation that would restrict federal aid to

Caribbean/Central American Immigration
More than 435,000 Cubans--about four percent of that nation's population-- applied in the US visa lottery that closed April 30, 1996 for about 6,000


Foreigners in Japan at Record High
The Japanese government reported that the number of registered alien residents in Japan was over 1.3 million at the end of 1995, accounting for a

Filipino Overseas Workers
The Philippines, the major emigration nation in Asia, believes that there are at least 5,000 illegal aliens living in the country who were granted

Foreigners in Hong Kong Face Uncertainty
Foreigners working in Hong Kong face uncertainty despite Chinese promises to permit them to live and work in the future Special Autonomous region

Taiwan Calls for Limits on Foreign Workers
The Council for Economic Planning and Development called for a limit on the number of foreign laborers in Taiwan. The CEPD reported that imported

Malaysia Has Skilled Labor Shortages
One electronics industry estimate predicts that an additional 50,000 qualified engineers will be needed by 2000 in order to sustain the country's


Asylum and Immigration Controls in EU
Asylum. The number of asylum seekers in the 15 EU member states, plus Norway and Switzerland, decreased by 11 percent to 290,000 in 1995, down

Germans Consider Immigration Policy
Immigration Policy On June 18, German President Roman Herzog called for immigration in order to increase the size of the working population and thus

British Court Strikes Down Ban on Welfare
A Court of Appeal on June 21 by a 2 to 1 vote struck down as "uncompromisingly draconian" a rule that, beginning in February 1996, denied welfare

France Criticized on Asylum
The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) in mid-June criticized France for increasing the hurdles to asylum seekers. It asked

Asylum in Netherlands and Sweden
Some 14,509 asylum seekers were removed from the Netherlands in 1995, compared with 13,293 in 1994. About 29,250 people applied for asylum in 1995,

Seasonal Workers in Switzerland
In 1993, nearly one million foreigners were employed in Switzerland, primarily in jobs described as the "three D's," --dirty, difficult and


Australian Government Reacts to Immigration Poll
On June 17, the Australian government announced that it will cut the intake of refugees and humanitarian migrants from 15,000 to 12,000 in 1997, but

Immigration Affects New Zealand Elections
Polls suggest that New Zealand might elect a part-native Maori, Winston Peters, as an anti-Asian prime minister, and give a significant number of