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April 2010, Volume 17, Number 2

The Americas

Congress: Immigration Reform?
President Obama mentioned immigration reform in his January 27, 2010 State of the Union speech, saying: "we should continue the work of fixing our

DHS: Border, Interior, Services
Mexico-US Border. The US is continuing to build fences to deter migrants and vehicles on the Mexico-US border; about 650 miles of fencing along the

Unemployment, Projections, H-1B
The unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent in January 2010, and remained at 9.7 percent in February and March 2010; the rate was 10 percent in

Foreign-Born: Numbers and Effects, Health
Foreign-born. The Pew Hispanic Center in January 2010 reported that the US had 38 million foreign-born residents in 2008; they were 12.5 percent of

Canada, Mexico
Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney proposed changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in October 2009. The changes include more

Haiti, Ecuador, Jamaica
Haiti. A 7.0 earthquake on January 12, 2010 killed an estimated 230,000 people, left a million people homeless, and destroyed about 20 percent of


China: Migrants, Economy
Rural-Urban Migrants. The Chinese government regulates internal mobility with a hukou or household registration system that limits access to public

Japan, Korea
Japan in 2010 is expected to reach two milestones: to be displaced by China as the world's second-largest economy, and to have a government debt more

Southeast Asia
Thailand. Thailand aims to legalize the presence of an estimated two million migrant workers from neighboring Burma, Cambodia and Laos. The Thai

South Asia
Bangladesh. Bangladesh received $10.7 billion in remittances in 2009, up almost 20 percent over 2008, even though the number of Bangladeshi migrants

Middle East: Migrants, UAE
There are 13 million migrants among the 35 million residents of the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United


EU: Lisbon, Migration, Frontex
Lisbon Treaty. The EU's Lisbon Treaty, which should speed the harmonization or convergence of member-state migration and asylum policies, entered

UK: Migrants; Ireland
Migrants. Britain, Ireland, and Sweden were the only "old" EU 15-member states that allowed migrants from Eastern Europe to enter and work when the

France, Germany, Benelux
France. France ended its "national identity debate" in February 2010 with a requirement that French schools fly the French flag and have a copy of

Southern Europe
Italy. African migrants and local residents clashed in Rosarno, Calabria in early January 2010. There are about 2,500 foreigners among Rosarno's

Russia, Slovakia
Russia. The United Nations Population Fund released a report in March 2010 reporting 2.4 million registered migrants in Russia; Russians said there


Australia, New Zealand
Australia admitted 225,000 immigrants in 2008-09, up 10 percent over 2007-08; about 67,000 of these immigrants were already in Australia (onshore).

Africa: Migrants, S. Africa, Foods
Senegal is a country of emigration as well as a country transited by migrants headed to North Africa and Europe. There are believed to be about 2.4

Global: Migrants, Remittances
Migrants. The UN estimated the stock of international migrants at 214 million in 2010, meaning that 3.1 percent of the world's 6.9 billion people

IOM: Managing Labor Migration
IOM predicted that persisting inequalities and globalization would lead to more labor migration, and emphasized that the world has been slow to