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April 2011, Volume 18, Number 2

The Americas

Reform: House, States
President Obama, in his January 25, 2011 State of the Union speech, urged Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. He said: "I know that

DHS: Border, Interior, USCIS, RICO
The Pew Hispanic Center estimated there were a peak 12 million unauthorized foreigners in the US in 2007 and 11.2 million in 2010; 58 percent were

Labor, H-1B
The US unemployment rate averaged 9.6 in 2010, more than double the 4.6 percent rate in 2006 and 2007. Private-sector employers added jobs in 2010,

Population: Hispanics
The census released data on the number of US residents and their racial/ethnic characteristics from the 2010 census. Data on socio-economic

Canada: Points, Mexico: Jobs, US
Canada plans to admit 240,000 to 265,000 immigrants in 2011; 60 percent will arrive via the points-based system that awards points for youth,

Latin America
Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean were $59 billion in 2010, about the same as 2008 but a sharp drop from $67 billion in 2006 and 2007.


China: Migrants
China has almost 1.4 billion people, almost half in urban areas. Many of the 750 billion rural residents are moving to urban areas. Some 300

Japan, Korea
An earthquake unleashed a tsunami flood wave on March 11, 2011 that killed over 10,000 people and left several nuclear reactors near meltdown stage.

Southeast Asia
Malaysia. Malaysia had 1.9 million registered migrant workers in January 2010, making migrants 21 percent of the country's nine million workers.

South Asia
Bangladesh. The Emigration Ordinance of 1982 (amended in 2002 and 2006) regulates the recruiters who send Bangladeshis abroad to fill foreign jobs;

Gulf, Israel
The Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, had 15 million migrant workers in


EU: Migrants, Polls, Euro
The EU is based on freedom of movement, the freedom of businesses and individuals to move capital, goods, labor and services freely over the borders

UK: Migrants, Multiculturalism
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat government formed after May 2010 elections promised to reduce net immigration to the UK from the "hundreds of

France, Germany, Benelux
France. The National Front, founded by Jean-Marie Le Pen and now led by his daughter Marine, had about 20 percent support in opinion polls in March

Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain
Italy. Italy's Lampedusa island received 16,000 Tunisians in January-February-March 2011 during and after protests that drove the Tunisian president

Scandinavia, Russia
Sweden. Sweden has been a major destination for refugees, especially those fleeing conflicts in the Middle East. Almost a quarter of the 9.4 million


Libya, Tunisia: Migrants
Libya. In February-March 2011, demonstrators demanded the ouster of Muammar el-Qaddafi, in power since a coup in 1969. Libya has the largest number

Global: Remittances, Asylum
Remittances to developing countries were $325 billion in 2010, up five percent from 2009, and are projected to increase six percent in 2011. The