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July 2007, Volume 14, Number 3

The Americas

Senate: Immigration Reform Stalls
The Senate debated the 761-page Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S1348) in May and early June. The bill stalled on June 7, 2007 when a

DHS, Passports, Asylum
The Pew Hispanic Center released a report in May 2007 that suggested the influx of Mexican-born migrants may be slowing. Demographer Jeff Passel

States: Ordinances, Population
State Laws, City Ordinances. Over 1,100 immigration-related bills were submitted in state legislatures in 2007, double the 2006 total. These state

H-1B, Labor, Trade
US employers may employ H-1B foreign professionals with minimal government oversight. The admission process begins with an employer filing a Labor

Canada: Immigrants, Guest Workers
Canada accepts about 250,000 immigrants a year. Immigration accounts for about two-thirds of Canada's population growth, compared to 45 percent in

Mexico: Remittances, Jobs, Economy
Mexican President Felipe Calderon, said the US Senate made a "grave error" on June 28, 2007 by rejecting immigration reform. He said: "The U.S.

Latin America: Remittances, TPS, Gangs
Remittances. The Inter-American Development Bank estimated that remittances to Latin America were $62.3 billion in 2006, up from $50 billion in 2005.


China: Migrants, Slaves
The National Population and Family Planning Commission in July 2007 said that it hoped to promote more labor emigration. Noting that 10 percent of

Taiwan: Migrant Policy Evolution
The Council of Labor Affairs announced in May 2007 that the number of foreign workers allowed into the country would be based on the unemployment

Japan: Fertility, Migrants
The Asian countries that had some of the world's fastest economic growth during their miracle years are also facing some of the world's fastest

Southeast Asia
Thailand. The Thai government manages migrant workers by requiring their employers to register them, paying the equivalent of one month's wages for a

Iraq, Iran, UAE, Sri Lanka
The Middle East received about $25 billion in formal remittances in 2006, plus perhaps an additional $15 billion in informal remittances. There are


EU: Air Passengers, Sanctions, Turkey
Air Passengers. Most European countries do far more to protect personal data than does the US, in part because of a history that includes

UK: A8, Immigration
About half of the eastern European migrants in Britain plan to stay there, according to a survey released in May 2007. Over 600,000 people from the

France, Germany, Switzerland
Nicolas Sarkozy became the first president of France born after World War II, winning 53 percent of the vote on May 6, 2007. Sarkozy promised to be

Spain, Malta, Frattini
About 4.5 million, 10 percent, of Spain's 45 million residents in 2006 were born abroad, including three million who arrived in the past decade;

Other EU States, Russia
Poland. Wages are rising rapidly, up 10 percent between 2005 and 2006, and more than that average in construction. Unemployment remains high, at


Australia, New Zealand
Australia placed a limit of 97,500 visas for skilled immigrants in 2006-07, the highest-ever level. With family immigrants, the total number of

Africa: Cape Verde, South Africa
Cape Verde. There are about as many Cape Verdeans and their descendants outside the country, 500,000, as inside, 460,000, making it an ideal

ILO, IMF, Urbanization
A 2005 survey of governments conducted by the ILO found that 46 of the 93 responding governments had agencies to regulate labor migration and that

Global Forum
The UN General Assembly held a High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development on September 14-15, 2006 in New York. It endorsed creation of a new