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October 2006, Volume 13, Number 4

The Americas

Congress: Senate, House, CBO
There were many House and a few Senate hearings on immigration reform in summer 2006, with most of the witnesses endorsing the House (HR 4437) over

CBP. On July 27, 2006, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced plans to fingerprint the 12 million legal immigrants with green cards each time

Population, Hispanics, Labor Force
In October 2006, the US population reached 300 million; the US had a population of 200 million in 1967 and 100 million in 1915. Demographers expect

Mexico: HTAs, Fertility, Labor
About 12 million Mexicans, 10 percent of the 120 million living persons born in Mexico, are now in the US, half illegally. Some researchers suggest

Canada: Border, Migrants
The 5,500 mile Canada-US border (3,145 miles with lower 49 states and a third with Alaska) is often described as the longest undefended border in the

Latin America
More Central American children are attempting to migrate to the US on their own: 6,460 were apprehended at the Mexico-US border in 2005, and Mexico


China: Returns, Migrants, Taiwan
Returns. China is refusing to accept the return of 40,000 Chinese the US wants to deport. The Chinese government bases its action on the fact that

Korea: Trainees, Migrants
The Industrial Trainee System has since 1994 allowed unskilled foreigners to enter Korea to receive on-the-job training at below-minimum wages.

Thailand, Singapore
Thailand. Tak province borders Burma, and Tak officials complained in August 2006 that new investment in agriculture and garments has dried up

Philippines, Indonesia
Philippines. The Philippines received $10.7 billion in remittances in 2005, and expects remittances to top $12 billion in 2006. Many Filipinos

India: IT, Health
India's IT sector employs about one percent of the labor force and generates three percent of GDP. With IT and other white-collar services


EU: Turkey, Labor, Migrants
Turkey. Support among Turks for EU entry is declining. In 2003, 74 percent of Turks favored EU entry; in 2006, only 58 percent did. Cultural

Germany, Austria
The German government held an "integration summit" on July 14, 2006 to develop a National Integration Plan, which is expected to be unveiled in

UK: Muslims, Migrants
In August 2006, British police arrested over 20 Muslim men, mostly British-born citizens with Pakistani roots, and charged 11 of them with planning

France, Benelux
The national statistics office INSEE reported in August 2006 that the number of foreign-born residents in France rose from 4.3 million in 1999 to 4.9

Southern Europe
The EU launched its first joint border patrols in August 2006, aimed at stopping African migrants from reaching the Canary Islands. The EU said that

Russia, Sweden
Workers from the ex-USSR are employed on many construction sites in Moscow, earning $300 to $400 a month. As citizens of former Soviet republics,


Australia: Migrants, Asylum
Australia's 457 visa allows the entry of skilled foreign workers, some 70,000 in 2005-06. The 457 program is expanding rapidly- there were 49,855

Africa: South Africa, Poverty
Violence against foreign-owned shopkeepers in South African townships is increasing, with Somalis often targeted because they sell their goods for

Middle East: Israel, Jordan, GCC
Israel attacked the Hezbollah organization in southern Lebanon in July-August 2006 in retaliation for rocket attacks, leading to the displacement of

Global: Pop, Seafarers, Microlending, Cities
The Population Reference Bureau estimated there were 6.6 billion people around the world in mid-2006, and that there will be eight billion by 2025

IMISCOE: Migration Dynamics
IMISCOE ( is a network of 450 researchers affiliated with 22 European research institutes examining migration, integration and social

The Quest for Global Talent
International migrants are bunched at the extremes of the education ladder, meaning that most have a college degree or more or have not completed