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October 2000, Volume 7, Number 10

The Americas

INS: Border, Naturalization
INS Commissioner Doris Meissner, visiting the US-Mexican border in September 2000, said that the INS had expected stepped up border controls to deter

Congress: H-1B, H-2C, Amnesty
A new Gallup poll, conducted September 11-13, 2000, shows that a plurality of Americans, 41 percent, believe that immigration should be kept at its

Mexico: Politics, Maquiladoras, AIDS
President Ernesto Zedillo, who gave his last State of the Nation address (Informe) on September 1, 2000, said that "Mexico has completed its journey

Canada: Immigration Up
Canada admitted 189,816 immigrants in 1999, compared to 174,159 in 1998 and 216,014 in 1997; Canada's immigration target is 200,000 to 225,000 a

Labor: Unions
The US unemployment rate rose to 4.1 percent in August 2000, and employment fell by 105,000, as the Census Bureau laid off workers and Verizon

Caribbean, Central America
Caribbean. The United States urged Cuba to support the reunification of divided families during September 2000 talks, and to eliminate

US Foreign Population, Trends
The Census in September 2000 released "The Foreign-Born Population in the United States" (March 1999, P20-519), continuing the annual release of data


Asia: ASEAN, Demography
The GDP of member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries-- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the

China, Hong Kong
Migrants. There are an estimated 10,000 mainland migrants in Hong Kong seeking permanent residence. Hong Kong's highest court originally ruled

Japan: Immigration?
Japan's population, 127 million in 2000, is expected to shrink after 2009. Taichi Sakaiya, head of the Economic Planning Agency, says that: "In the

There are about 120,000 Filipinos employed legally in Taiwan, and Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs in September 2000 extended indefinitely a June 1,

Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia
Thailand. Thai factory owners along the border with Myanmar need 20,000 migrants because Thais are unwilling to do the jobs vacated by the

Korea: Work Permits for Foreigners
The Korean government agreed on August 24 to introduce a work permit system for foreigners employed in Korean work places. Most foreign workers in


EU: Austria, Tourism
The EU in September agreed to establish a special 216 million euro ($191 million) fund to help share out the burden of accepting refugees. Germany

UK, Ireland
The UK Home Office reported on September 25 that more than 6,400 people applied for asylum in August 2000, up from July despite the replacement of

Germany, Austria
Interior Minister Otto Schily said that Germany should overhaul its immigration laws to create a flexible, faster-reacting system that better

Switzerland, Italy, France
Switzerland. On September 24, 2000, Swiss voters defeated a referendum to cap the foreign population at 18 percent of residents by a 64-36

Eastern Europe
Russia. Leaders of the Russian-speaking community in Latvia are urging the Russian minority to protest new language rules that became


New Zealand, Fiji
New Zealand. New Zealand announced that anyone who overstays by more than 42 days will be deported without appeal, but that there would be an

Afghan Refugees
During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and the civil war that followed, more than six million Afghans fled. More than two million

Gulf States, Israel, Libya
The Bahrainian government announced on September 10, a three-month amnesty permitting illegal immigrants to leave the Gulf island nation without

Africa: Migrants
South Africa. Between 1994 and 1998, newspaper articles about immigrants and immigration were mostly negative, according to a survey of the

UN: Millennium Declaration, Smuggling
Millennium Declaration. The UN, with 189-member nations, attracted 152 leaders to New York in September 2000. They adopted an eight-page Millennium

Sweden: A Special Report
Sweden includes about one million foreign-born persons in its population of nine million; about half of the foreign-born have become naturalized

ECLAC: Western Hemisphere Migration
The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) co-sponsored a conference on "International Migration in the