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July 2014, Volume 21, Number 3

The Americas

Immigration Reform
Immigration generated news headlined during the spring and summer of 2014, as both President Obama and migrant activists pressed House Republicans to

DHS: Children, Deportations
Children. Over 52,000 children under 18 were apprehended on the Mexico-US border in the first nine months of FY14, double the 25,000 for the entire

Labor, H-1B, Inequality
The US unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in June 2014, the lowest rate since September 2008, as employers added 288,000 jobs, about 10,000 a day.

Canada, Mexico
Canada plans an Express Entry process beginning in January 2015 to allow skilled foreigners with Canadian job offers and foreigners selected for the

Latin America
Haiti-Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic on June 2, 2014 opened offices to allow Haitians who have been living in the Dominican Republic


China: Hukou
There are almost four rural-urban internal migrants around the world for each international migrant. One of the largest such migrations is in China,

Japan, Korea
There were about 720,000 foreign workers in Japan in 2012, including 137,000 foreign trainees, three-fourths of whom were Chinese. Many arrive in

Southeast Asia
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) plans to lower barriers to the free movement of goods, capital and workers in 2015, but few workers are expected

South Asia, Middle East
An estimated 10,000 Indians and 35,000 Bangladeshis were in Iraq in June 2014 when fighting broke out between Suni insurgents and the Iraqi


EU: Elections, Migrants
Elections. Anti-migrant and anti-EU parties did very well in EU Parliamentary elections in May 2014, electing representatives to fill 140 or 19

UK: A8 Migrants
When eight Central European countries joined the EU on May 1, 2004, only three "EU-15" member states, Ireland, Sweden and the UK, allowed freedom of

France, Germany, Benelux
France. France in May and June 2014 closed migrant camps near the port of Calais, where migrants wait to slip unto trucks bound for the UK. Migrants

Southern Europe
Greece. A strawberry grower and three foremen went on trial in June 2014, charged with grievous bodily harm to 28 Bangladeshis who were injured when

Eastern, Northern Europe
Romania. Almost 10 percent of the residents of Bulgaria, Slovakia and Romania are Roma or Gypsies, a total of over six million people concentrated in


Australia, New Zealand
Australia continues to debate the proper role of 457-work visas for skilled foreigners who can remain from three months to four years. There is no

Africa: Migrants
The largest single migration corridor in Africa, between Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire, has moved about 1.5 million or eight percent of the 16

Remittances, Refugees, ILO
The World Bank projected that remittances to developing countries would surpass $435 billion in 2014, up eight percent from $404 billion in 2013.