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March 1998, Volume 5, Number 3

The Americas

Welfare: Benefits Restored
Immigrants. President Clinton's budget, released on February 2, 1998, proposed that about 736,000 legal immigrants removed from Food Stamp

INS: Budget, Naturalization, Enforcement
Budget. President Clinton on February 2, 1998 proposed a $4.2 billion budget for the INS, up from $3.8 billion in FY97 and up from $1.5

Congress: Central Americans, Sanchez
The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), signed into law November 19, 1997, (1) permits certain Nicaraguans and Cubans in

The debate over whether US high-tech companies really "need" more temporary foreign workers continued in February, with critics noting that most

Mexico: Projections, Ag, Insurance
While visiting Washington in early February 1998, Mexican Foreign Minister Rosario Green said that the Mexican government would "maintain -- at all

California: Bilingual Education
Bilingual. The Unz "English for the Children" initiative will appear on the June 1998 ballot as Proposition 227. The Unz initiative would put

US Labor Market
The US labor force continues to grow--67 percent of US residents 16 and older were employed or looking for work in 1998, up from 66 percent in 1990,


Crisis and Migrants
On February 2, 1998, World Bank President James Wolfensohn said in Singapore that southeast Asia, "replete with migrant workers from one country

China and Hong Kong
Migrant Workers. Chinese migrant workers were expected to bring $9 billion (75 billion yuan) to their villages of origin when they returned

Which Way Japan?
Japan has about one million foreign workers in a labor force of 66 million; foreigners are just over one percent of the labor force. There is


EU: Asylum, Mobility
On January 30, 1998, European Union interior ministers agreed that EU countries should fingerprint asylum seekers who arrive in the EU, and exchange

Germany: Ethnic Germans, Asylum
Ethnics. The number of ethnic Germans moving to Germany fell from 15,000 in January 1997 to 10,000 in January 1998; a maximum of 220,000

Italy: New Law, Albania
The Italian government, under pressure from its EU partners, is tightening its border and interior controls to avoid being labeled the gateway to

France: Citizenship Law
On February 5, a French Parliamentary Committee rejected amendments proposed in the Senate that would have restricted the Jospin government's ability

Illegal Immigration: Spain/Morocco
Spanish officials estimate that about 1,000 people have drowned attempting to enter Europe by crossing the 10-mile wide Strait of Gibraltar in the

Britain and Ireland: Asylum Protests
There is a backlog of 77,000 asylum cases in the UK; delays in resolving them have permitted many asylum seekers to establish roots in Britain. In

Russia and Eastern Europe
Russia. The International Organization for Migration estimated that, between 1989 and 1996, there were some 870,000 refugees and displaced

Turkey: Emigration and Immigration
Emigration. On February 11, Turkish newspapers reported that Turkish troops had occupied a nine-mile buffer strip inside northern Iraq to

Norwegian officials reported on February 6 that the number of asylum seekers arriving from the Croatian enclave of eastern Slavonia increased sharply


Australia: Immigration Down
In the year ending June 30, 1997, some 85,800 immigrants arrived in Australia, down 14 percent from 97,800 in 1995-96. In 1996-97, 13,100 New

Israel: Immigration Down
According figures released on February 12 by Israel's national statistics bureau, the country had 66,000 immigrants in 1997, down seven percent from

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