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Barenaked Genealogy

Barenaked Genealogy

The often unanalyzed result of migration 50 to 100 years after the fact often is taken as a study in Genealogy as opposed to a study in immigration, but if you had the opportunity to bring some attention to the issue, how would you go about getting people's attention? The obvious approach would be to […]

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Immigration USA: The New Political Currency?

Immigration USA: The New Political Currency?

  How does one become President in a country with more than 20 million illegal immigrants? Well, the issue is not so simple as it isn't something that people tend to be bothered by too much. In a VOA article on the Democratic Candidates and Swing States in the US they note that only 20-25% […]

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Points, Crimes and Absurdity in Immigrant cities

Points, Crimes and Absurdity in Immigrant cities

Like Canada and Australia, Britain has sought the adoption of an immigration points system in order to limit the number of unskilled workers entering the UK and promote highly skilled workers coming in to support the British Economy. While this idea is a logical one, it often leads to dozens of smaller issues which while […]

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Immigration: The Key to Winning Elections?

Immigration: The Key to Winning Elections?

*This article has been posted by Rich Basas both on FPA's Migration Blog as well as the Mexico Blog this week. Illegal immigration may be one of the hot button issues for the next Presidential election and will favor neither party in the process. In the Democratic party debates televised widely among American networks this […]

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Immigration, the key to winning Elections?

Immigration, the key to winning Elections?

*This article has been posted both on FPA's Migration Blog as well as the Mexico Blog this week. Illegal immigration may be one of the hot button issues for the next Presidential election, and will favour neither party in the process. In the Democratic party debates televised widely among American networks this past weekend two […]

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Canada: Polish Immigrant perishes in Police Action

Canada: Polish Immigrant perishes in Police Action

Robert Dziekanski, a Polish immigrant to Canada who came to live with his mother on Oct 14th of this year was killed while police tried to detain him after arriving at Vancouver's international airport. While being kept up for more than 10 hours in the airport, Mr. Dziekanski was seen as having an angry reaction […]

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Ayapan Zoque and the Loss of Linguistic Traditions

Ayapan Zoque and the Loss of Linguistic Traditions

 Contributed by Rich Basas of FPA's Migration blog: An often unknown issue outside of the local society in any country is the linguistic heritage of the indigenous people of the region. In Latin America these ancient tribal languages take on an added dimension, as many Latin American nations were formed early as independent nations compared […]

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The London Police and the Myth of the Brazilian Terrorist

The London Police and the Myth of the Brazilian Terrorist

Like many Brazilians, 27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes moved to London for a change of environment, work opportunities and to benefit from the ever overvalued British Pound Sterling. The fate of this young man was not one of a typical South American migrant, being chased down by the London police and shot point blank during […]

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Tabasco: Mexico's Katrina?

Tabasco: Mexico's Katrina?

 Contributed by Rich Basas of FPA's Migration Blog: The Mexican regions of Tabasco and Chiapas this past weekend suffered from yet another global environmental shock with severe flooding causing major evacuations of nearly 28,000 people from Villahermosa and surrounding cities in the Southern regions of Mexico leaving 800,000 homeless. Local and national police and military […]

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Minorities in a Minority: Lack of Rights and Respect in Ontario's Election

Minorities in a Minority: Lack of Rights and Respect in Ontario's Election

In a place like Toronto, Canada an interesting situation which rarely exists in many cities in the world is common place in the streets of Canada's largest city. Immigration is seen as a staple of Canadian society and economy, with over 50% of Toronto being foreign born, but at the same time the divisiveness of […]

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¡Adelante!…The Democrats and the 43 Million Person Minority

¡Adelante!…The Democrats and the 43 Million Person Minority

After the painful debate in the US about immigration this past year, none of the future Presidential candidates came out as a hero for the Hispanic voter in the intense conflict between individual Democrats and Republicans as well as within the parties themselves on how to change the US Immigration fiasco for the better. While […]

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Gibran Khalil Gibran, Paranoia and Equality in North America's Schools

Gibran Khalil Gibran, Paranoia and Equality in North America's Schools

In Canada in the large and economically significant Province of Ontario there is an election coming next month to decide who will run Canada's largest economy, yet the focus is not on recessions and profits, but on who has the right to demand funding for religious schooling in the Province of Ontario. Since the formation […]

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Adieu CalaisSalaam Kent!

Adieu CalaisSalaam Kent!

Anyone who has passed into Britain from Europe were surprised to see one if not several border checks entering the UK from the Eurostar and numerous Ferries passing through Britain and the Continent. Much of the fuss came from the realization that many of the UK's migrants came from other developed countries in Europe, most […]

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Athens and the Global "Yasou"

Athens and the Global "Yasou"

Many in Africa and Eastern countries know Athens and Greece as the unofficial gateway to Europe. Many of the migrants coming from the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe often make their way to Greece to gain funds and documentation to start a life in Europe through making their living in the crowded and […]

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It Started in Guatemala…a bleak future in Iraq?

It Started in Guatemala…a bleak future in Iraq?

Since 1954, there has been a decline in the vision of America as a liberator of nations and people as they were known for in the Second World War and the Korean Conflict and their anti-colonial position after 1945.  Since 1954, the realization that US Foreign Policy could do more harm than good was defined […]

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About the Author

Richard Basas
Richard Basas

Richard Basas, a Canadian Masters Level Law student educated in Spain, England, and Canada (U of London MA 2003 LL.M., 2007), has worked researching for CSIS and as a Reporter for the Latin America Advisor. He went on to study his MA in Latin American Political Economy in London with the University of London and LSE. Subsequently, Rich followed his career into Law focusing mostly on International Commerce and EU-Americas issues. He has worked for many commercial and legal organisations as well as within the Refugee Protection Community in Toronto, Canada, representing detained non-status indivduals residing in Canada. Rich will go on to study his PhD in International Law.

Areas of Focus:
Law; Economics and Commerce; Americas; Europe; Refugees; Immigration

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