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January 2000, Volume 7, Number 1

The Americas

INS: Border, Detention
Border. The US declared a "high-security alert" after an Algerian with bomb-making materials was caught attempting to enter the US from Canada

Cuba, Haiti
Cuba. A five-year-old Cuban boy, Elian Gonzalez, was rescued on November 25, 1999 and brought to Florida after the boat taking his mother and

Canada: Immigration to Rise
Immigration. Canada accepts about 225,000 immigrants a year, including 55 percent (workers and dependents) selected on the basis of skills, 30

States Briefs
California. Ron Prince, a major backer of the 1994 Proposition 187 campaign, announced in November 1999 that he would try to put another

Labor, Foreign Students
The US unemployment rate in November 1999 was 4.1 percent. The median weekly earnings of the 99 million full-time wage and salary workers in the US

Mexico: Remittances, Demography
Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo was scheduled to meet with President Clinton in December 1999, but the inability of his government to persuade the


Hong Kong: Right of Abode
Between 6,000 and 10,000 mainland migrants face removal from Hong Kong after the five-member Court of Final Appeal on December 3, 1999 ruled that

Japan, Korea
Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a "Report of the Mission for Revitalization of Asian Economy" in December 1999 that included the

Thailand and Myanmar
Thai police raided garment factories in the Mae Sot district near the Myanmar (Burma) border in mid-December and arrested 1,800 illegal migrants,

Philippines: Migrants
The Philippine government reported that $4.7 billion had been sent home in remittances in the first seven months of 1999 and that $8 billion was


EU: Turkey
By unanimous vote in December 1999, the European Union's Council of Ministers put Turkey on the short list of countries that can be considered for

Germany: Naturalization
Germany's ruling Social Democratic Party rebuffed SPD Interior Minister Otto Schily during a party convention in December 1999 by passing a

UK, Ireland
On November 6, 1999, the UK began to spread asylum seekers around the country, in a provisional plan scheduled to be made permanent in April 2000.

Eastern Europe
Czech Republic. To save money, the Czech Republic announced in December 1999 that it would begin deporting some of the 100,000 to 200,000

Northern Europe
Norway is the world's second-largest oil exporter. With an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent, employers are complaining of labor shortages, especially


Australia: Work Visas Up
Australia, a country of 19 million, had seven million residents in 1946—immigration of up to 150,000 a year is largely responsible for Australia's

Middle East
Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia deported some 3,000 Yemenis in December 1999 after another border dispute. In 1991, Saudi Arabia deported thousands

Israel: Change Law of Return
Muhammad Baraka, an Israeli-Arab legislator, set off a debate in Israel when he introduced a bill that stated that Israel was a democratic and

South Asia
India. Infosys became the first Indian software company to be listed on the US Nasdaq exchange—its stock price rose from $34 in March 1999 to

South Africa: Amnesties
South Africa, a country of 40 million, has between 500,000 and four million unauthorized foreign residents. South Africa has had three amnesties, but

INS Statistical Yearbook: 1997
The INS released the statistical yearbook covering FY97 in December 1999; the yearbook covering FY96 was released in October 1997:

OECD: International Migration
The OECD released its 1999 Trends in International Migration report in October 1999, and noted that the United States and Germany received the

Statistical Abstract: 1999
The US population tripled in the 20th century, from 76 million to 274 million; the rural share of the population fell from 60 to 25 percent, and the