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April 2013, Volume 20, Number 2

The Americas

Immigration Reform
President Obama on January 29, 2013 laid out "key markers" for immigration reform in a speech in Las Vegas. Obama, who promised a specific

DHS: Border, Interior
The Pew Hispanic Center estimated 11.1 million unauthorized foreigners in the US in March 2011, the same as in 2009 and 2010 and down from 12 million

Labor, H-1B, J-1
The US economy added 2.2 million jobs in 2012, boosting employment to 143 million. The share of 25- to 54-year olds with jobs fell from 80 percent

Canada, Mexico
Canada. Some 257,515 immigrants were admitted in 2012, and the government said that Canada plans to admit 240,000 to 260,000 new permanent residents

Caribbean, South America
Brazil's economy has boomed as natural resource exports to China and other countries have risen. As a result, Brazil has become a magnet for


China: Urbanization, Education
About 700 million--54 percent--of China's 1.3 billion people live in cities, up from an urban population of 200 million in 1980. The movement of 500

Japan, Korea
Japan had its second consecutive trade deficit in 2012, as the traditional exporting powerhouse imported $78 billion more than it exported. Rising

Southeast Asia
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) aims for free flows of capital and goods among its ten member countries by the end of 2015. ASEAN countries have

South Asia, Middle East
Bangladesh. Bangladesh received $14.2 billion in remittances in 2012, including $4 billion from Saudi Arabia and $3.8 billion from the UAE. The

Gulf, Israel
Qatar. There are 300,000 Qataris and 1.2 million foreigners in the country hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Human Rights Watch and other NGOs have


EU: Mobility, Budget
Migration. Eurostat reported that 3.1 million people moved into one of the EU-27 countries in 2010, while two million people left (this migration

UK: Migrants
Net migration to the UK was about 160,000 in 2012. The Coalition Conservative-Liberal government elected in 2010 promised to reduce net migration to

France, Germany, Benelux
France. There are five million Muslims in France; most are immigrants or the children of immigrants. However, at least 100,000 non-Muslims, mostly

Southern Europe
Greece. There were up to 1.2 million foreigners among the 11 million Greek residents at the end of 2012, including 800,000 registered foreigners.

Russia: Sochi, Moscow
Russia will host the Winter Olympics beginning February 7, 2014 in Sochi, a city of 350,000 on the Black Sea coast. The Russian government is


Australia: 457 Visas, New Zealand
Australia accepted 185,000 immigrants in 2011-12, including 29,000 Indians, 26,000 Chinese and 25,000 British. Citizens of New Zealand can migrate

Africa: South Africa
South Africa. South Africa needs more formal-sector jobs. In 2012, there were about 6.2 million tax-payers and over 19 million social grant

Global: ILO, World Bank
The International Labor Organization estimated that there were almost 53 million domestic workers 15 and older around the world in 2012, including 83