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March 2000, Volume 7, Number 3

The Americas

AFL-CIO: End Sanctions
On February 16, 2000, the AFL-CIO's executive council unanimously called for: (1) the repeal of employer sanctions; (2) legalization for many of the

Presidential Candidates on Immigration
Going into the major primaries on March 7, 2000, the leading candidates for president were Al Gore and Bill Bradley for the Democrats, and George

New York, California
New York. An Albany jury in February 2000 acquitted four white police officers of all charges in the killing of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West

INS: Enforcement, Detention
Operations Safeguard and Cochise have pushed migrants attempting entry away from ports of entry to more remote areas of Arizona and New Mexico,

Congress: H-1B
Congress returned to work January 24, 2000. Three immigration-related bills are expected to receive attention during this year's session—raising the

Mexico: Dual Nationality, Politics
Beginning March 20, 1998, changes in Mexico's nationality laws took effect. Henceforth, Mexican citizens who naturalize in the US or elsewhere will

Canada: Chinese and Asylum
Chinese. Of the 590 Chinese migrants who arrived in British Columbia in four ships in the summer of 1999, 493 claimed refugee status. As of


Japan: Crackdown, Legalization
Beginning February 18, 2000 unauthorized foreigners apprehended in Japan can be barred for five-years, up from the current one-year ban. An estimated

Chinese Migrants: Canada and US
The INS estimates that at least 100,000 Chinese are smuggled abroad each year. New York City is the preferred destination for many Chinese migrants;

China, Hong Kong
China expects to join the World Trade Organization in 2000, which could accelerate rural-urban migration as farmers in interior provinces are

Thailand, Vietnam
Before the UN Conference on Trade and Development in Bangkok held February 12-19, police rounded up illegal immigrants in a security sweep. As a

Malaysia: Maids
Indonesians living in Malaysia clashed with Malaysians in February 2000, prompting calls for tougher rules on foreign workers, many of whom live on

Taiwan: Overseas Citizens
Taiwan is holding presidential elections on March 18, 2000, and political parties are appealing for votes to overseas Taiwanese. For example, the


Austria: Haider Resigns
The new coalition government formed in Austria by the People's Party and the Freedom Party took office on February 4, 2000 amid protests in Vienna

EU: Asylum, Expansion
In 1999, the 28 European countries received 437,400 asylum applications, up from 366,200 in 1998. Most of these applications were filed in one of the

Italy and Greece: Legalizations
Many southern European nations have had legalization programs that granted some unauthorized foreigners temporary legal work and residence rights.

Spain and Portugal: Legalization
There were 720,000 legal foreigners in Spain in 1999; 60 percent were EU nationals or relatives of EU nationals and half of the foreigners lived in

UK: Hijacking and Asylum
Of the 164 people on board the Afghani Ariana Airlines domestic flight that was hijacked in February 2000 and eventually landed at Stansted airport


Australia: Sanctions
As the Australian fruit and vegetable harvesting season got into full swing, farmers complained about labor shortages and planned employer sanctions:

Middle East, South Asia
A UAE immigration official reported that in 1999, more than 51,000 illegal immigrants were detained, up from 22,000 in 1998. Authorities arrested

Berlin: Islamic Classes?
On February 23, 2000 Germany's highest court for administrative law, the Bundesverwaltungsgericht, ruled that Berlin's "Islamic Federation"