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July 2012, Volume 19, Number 3

The Americas

SB 1070, DREAM, Elections
The US Supreme Court in June 2012 accepted one and rejected three parts of Arizona's SB 1070, a law enacted in April 2010 aimed at pushing

DHS: Border, Interior, USCIS
Border. The Border Patrol ran ads in spring 2012 in Mexico, Central America and US cities with high shares of migrants warning of the dangers of

Labor, Shortages, Foreign-born, H-1B
The US unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in May 2012; the rate is kept low in part because fewer Americans are in the labor force. The share of men

Population, Education, Health
The American Community Survey and the economic census are under attack in Congress; the House approved a bill in May 2012 to eliminate funding for

Mexico: Migration, Canada: Migrants
The Pew Hispanic Center estimated that the number of unauthorized Mexicans in the US peaked at seven million in 2007 and fell to 6.1 million in 2011.

Latin America
A million Haitians live in the Dominican Republic, which has 10 million residents. The Dominican Republic announced that, beginning June 1, 2012,


China: Migrants
The National Bureau of Statistics ( reported in April 2012 that 159 million migrant workers earned an average 2,049 yuan ($325) a

Japan, Korea
Of the 2.1 million registered foreigners in Japan at the end of 2010, 531,000 left in the month after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Southeast Asia
Burma/Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi visited Burmese migrants in Thailand in May 2012, spotlighting the fact that over a million Burmese work in Thailand.

South Asia
In June 2012, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh announced plans to establish a minimum wage for female domestic workers. The Philippines

GCC: Sponsorship; Israel
The 16 million foreigners in the six Gulf Cooperation Countries are a third of its 45 million residents. Bahrain has a population of 1.3 million


EU: Greece, Spain
EU leaders continue to urge member states to open themselves to more migrants. Peter Sutherland, the UN special representative to the Global Forum

UK: Reducing Migration
The current coalition government elected in 2012 pledged to reduce net migration from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands by 2015. However,

France, Germany, Benelux
France. Socialist challenger Francios Hollande defeated President Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round of elections on May 6, 2012. The vote was

Greece, Spain
Greece. The number of registered foreigners fell by 25 percent between 2009 and 2011, to about 450,000. There are believed to be another 400,000 to

Russia: Migrants
Newly re-installed President Vladimir Putin signed a decree in May 2012 requiring migrant workers to pass a Russian language test to receive work


Australia: Migrants, Asylum
Australia's 2011 census reported that a fourth of the 21.5 million residents were born outside the country. Asians are more than half of the

Africa: South Africa, Libya,
There are about 1.1 billion Africans in 54 countries; the continent's population growth rate is 2.4 percent or about 240 million a year. Economic

Global: Remittances, Polls, Population
Remittances. Remittances to developing countries, which reached $372 billion in 2011, more than official development aid and foreign direct

OECD: Migration Outlook 2012
The OECD released its 36th annual report on international migration in June 2012. The report reviewed trends in international migration since the