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September 1996, Volume 3, Number 9

The Americas

Welfare Overhaul and Minimum Wage Changes
In August, President Clinton signed into law two bills that will have important effects on immigrants. The Personal Responsibility and Work

Immigration and Official English Legislation
Immigration. The House has not yet officially appointed its members to the Conference Committee that must work out the differences between the

Presidential Politics and Immigration
In July and August, Republicans and Democrats ran campaign ads in California promising to get tough on illegal immigration. The Republicans' ads

SOS in other States
In November 1994, California voters approved Proposition 187, the so-called "Save our State," by a margin of 59-14 percent. Proponents

INS: Enforcement, TPS and Naturalization
Enforcement. The number of aliens apprehended along the US-Mexican border in June 1996 was 117,000, or about 4,000 per day, down slightly from

Hispanic Unemployment-Immigrant Self-Employment
Historically, the African-American unemployment rate has been about twice the white rate, and the Hispanic unemployment rate has been closer to the

Regulating the Immigrant Labor Market
For the first time, the US Department of Labor has run out of H-1B visas for foreign professionals to enter the US to work for up to six years. A


Thailand To Legalize Illegal Foreign Workers
Thailand in August announced regulations to implement the legalization program it announced on June 25, 1996 for an estimated 700,000 illegal

Japan: No to Unskilled Workers
In December 1995, the Japanese government agreed to accept more skilled foreign workers, but announced that it would continue to ban the admission of

Hong Kong: Crime and Airport Workers
Illegal immigrants from China are blamed for a rash of violent crimes in Hong Kong. Most of the crimes committed by illegal immigrants are in the New

Philippines Maid Returns Home
Philippine maid Sarah Balabagan came home to a hero's welcome in August, after being jailed in the United Arab Emirates for nearly two years for

Singapore: Managing Migration
Singapore is widely regarded as a controlled society that can manage with precision the foreign workers who are about one-sixth of the island's labor

Malaysian Economic Growth and Foreign Workers
The Seventh Malaysia Plan (1996-2000) projects continued growth in one of East Asia's miracle economies, led manufactured exports produced with the

Taiwan Freezes Worker Imports
Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Council of Labor Affairs moved on August 11, 1996


French Police Remove Immigrants from Church
On August 23, 1996, French police removed 98 men, 54 women, and 68 children who took refuge in Saint Bernard's Church near Montmartre in Paris two

Bosnians and Construction in Germany
Dieter Spranger, Christian Democratic Union finance minister of the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, said on August 15 that the Bosnians are overstaying

Hungarian/Czech Foreign Workers
Hungary is simultaneously exporting and importing labor, with Hungarians going to work, often illegally, in neighboring Austria, while Ukrainian,

Moscow's Foreigners
There are reportedly 350,000 legal foreign workers in Russia, including 60,000 in Moscow, where foreigners are one percent of the capital's work

Poland Drafting Refugee Bill
Poland is in the process of drafting a law on refugees, which the UNHCR criticizes as too restrictive. The UNHCR worries that the bill will not


Israel and Jordan Debate Foreign Workers
The new Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting to reverse Israel's growing reliance on foreign workers. A committee

Gulf State Foreign Workers
Foreign workers sent $17.2 billion to their countries of origin in 1995, up from $15.2 billion in 1994. Between 1990 and 1995, remittances from