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January 2013, Volume 20, Number 1

The Americas

Immigration Reform, DACA
President Obama was re-elected in November 2012, winning 332 electoral votes and 51 percent of the 124 million votes cast. The number of votes

DHS: Border, Interior, USCIS
The Pew Hispanic Center estimated 11.1 million unauthorized foreigners in 2011, continuing the downward trend from 12 million in 2007. Of the 40

Unemployment, Shortages, H-1B
The US unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in December 2012, but private sector employers continued to add jobs. The US added 1.8 million jobs in

Foreign-Born, Education, Health
The US, which had 314 million residents at the end of 2012, is projected to become a nation of 420 million without a single racial or ethnic group

Canada, Mexico
Canada. The government announced plans to admit 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents in 2013, including 10,000 via the Canadian Experience

Caribbean: Migrants
The Caribbean Community ( is an organization of 15 mostly English-speaking nations and dependencies created by the 1973 Treaty of


China: Migrants, Taiwan
China's 2010 census enumerated 1.3 billion people, including 940 million between the ages of 15 and 59. There were 253 million rural-urban migrants

Japan, Korea
Japan's economy shrank at a 3.5 percent annualized rate in the third quarter of 2012, prompting fears of another recession. The out-going Democratic

Southeast Asia
President Obama participated in the ASEAN summit in Cambodia in November 2012, and also visited Thailand and Myanmar. ASEAN, which plans a

South Asia, Middle East
Bangladesh. Recruiters typically charge Bangladeshis going abroad to work far more than the maximum fee set by the government, which is usually


EU: Migration, Jobs, Budget
Migration. The EU 27 member nations had 50 million foreign-born residents at the end of 2011; there were also 33 million citizens of non-EU 27

UK: Migrants
The Conservative-Liberal coalition government in 2010 promised to reduce net migration from the hundreds of thousands to less than 100,000 by 2015.

France, Germany, Benelux
France. There were five million migrants in France at the end of 2010. The leading countries of origin were Algeria, Morocco and Portugal. Some

Southern Europe
Greece. The Greek government announced at the end of 2012 that it had "stopped" unauthorized migration over its land border with Turkey. Some 55,000

Russia: Migrants
Since 2005, Russian nationalists have used the November 4th holiday to protest the presence of foreigners in Russia and to call for an end to


Australia, New Zealand
Australia admitted 185,000 immigrants in 2011-12, plus an additional 254,000 foreign students, 223,000 working holiday makers, and 125,000 temporary

South Africa: Strikes
South Africa, with 50 million people and the continent's largest economy, was shaken by violent strikes during summer and fall 2012. Most involved

GFMD, WB: Remittances Top $400 Billion
The UN estimated that there were 214 million international migrants in 2010, defined as persons outside their country of birth for a year or more,

OECD: Growth, Migrants
Better sanitation, medical services and access to food throughout the developing world have increased life expectancy in many developing countries,