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August 1997, Volume 4, Number 8

The Americas

Immigrants Retain SSI
The FY97 budget bill approved in July maintains Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid benefits for legal immigrants who were in the US on August

Deaf Mexican Migrants
In New York City, police on July 20, 1997 arrested seven Mexican immigrants who allegedly smuggled 62 deaf mutes, including 10 children, into the US,

Central Americans
On July 24, 1997, the Clinton administration asked Congress to overturn a key provision of IIRIRA that could lead to the removal of 40,000

INS: Management and Enforcement
Management. Some 1.8 million immigrants are expected to apply to become naturalized US citizens in FY97, and the wait between application and

NAFTA After Three Years
The North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect on January 1, 1994, and the Clinton administration released a report on July 10, 1997,

Congress: Birthright Citizenship, Naturalization
Birthright Citizenship. On June 25, 1997, the House Immigration subcommittee held hearings on the 14th Amendment provision that is the basis

California: Bilingual Education
Bilingual Education. The California Legislature in June 1997 approved legislation that would give state school districts more flexibility in

Hispanic Mobility, Voting
The National Council of La Raza released a report July 21, 1997 that concluded that a strong work ethic and working women have fueled a broad

Marianas and Labor Law
President Clinton in July urged Congress to apply US labor and immigration laws to the 14-island Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands near


Hong Kong: Family Reunification
A new immigration law was approved by the Hong Kong legislature on July 9 that allows the return to China of children who will ultimately be

Malaysia: Foreign Workers, Emigrants, Sabah
Foreign Workers. Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who just completed a two-month visit to Japan and several European

Taiwan: Bilateral Labor Agreements?
Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs in July announced plans to negotiate bilateral agreements that would permit Taiwanese employers to recruit foreign

Korea: Foreign Construction Trainees
Korea announced that 2,500 foreigners will arrive in Korea in October 1997 to work on three government-funded construction projects: the Inchon

Filipino Migrants
Some 357,209 Filipinos were deployed to overseas jobs between January and June 1997, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

Thailand: Alien Smuggling
Thailand has become a major transit country for Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans and Nepalese headed to the US, Canada, Europe, Korea


EU: Employment, Enlargement and Schengen
The EU has 13 million foreign non-EU residents and 500,000 more non-EU foreigners enter each year as immigrants, students, or asylum seekers. The EU

Germany: Bosnians and Turks
Bosnians. German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel on July 24, 1997 called for a faster return home of Bosnians in Germany, but ruled out forced

France Considers Legalization
Sociologist Patrick Weil presented French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin with a report on July 31, 1997 with 130 recommendations, including simplifying

Russia: Illegal Chinese
Yuri Arkhipov, deputy head of the immigration department of the Federal Migration Service, says illegal immigrants are pouring into the Russian

Italy: Albanians and Chinese
The rush of Albanians to Italy in March 1997 has been labeled "humanitarian blackmail" by commentators in Italy, as more evidence surfaces that shows

Asylum Seekers in Ireland
Ireland received about 3,000 asylum seekers in the past two years and expects 5,000 in 1997. Many enter Ireland from Britain or Northern Ireland, and


Foreign Workers in Israel
There are about 300,000 foreign workers in Israel; two-thirds are unauthorized. The Central Bureau of Statistics reported that 89,000 foreign workers

Immigration in the Middle East
Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia launched a three-month campaign July 19, 1997 to remove the estimated 100,000 illegal aliens in the country. Saudis

South Africa: Accept Migrants
In May 1997, South Africa offered "radical changes" to a 1995 proposal by the 12-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) to eliminate

Immigration in Australia and New Zealand
Australia. Chinese newspapers reported in July 1997 that most Australians oppose MP Pauline Hanson's political party, Pauline Hanson One

IOM on Managing Migration
The International Organization for Migration in April 1997 held a conference to release the findings of a series of studies to governments that

Books and Reports
Millman, Joel. 1997. The Other Americans: How Immigrants Renew Our Country, Our Economy, and Our Values. Viking. July. Millman, a Wall