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Migrants and HIV in Mexico

Migrants and HIV in Mexico

Contributed by Rich Basas of FPA's Migration Blog:  This past week the New York Times reporter Marc Lacey did a report on the ever-growing problem of HIV entering smaller communities in Mexico. He found that much of the problem comes from Migrant workers who earn much of their wages in the US and often come […]

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Shades of Black

Shades of Black

As Canada's most famous Ex-Canadian, Mr. Conrad Black was found guilty on some of the charges today in a Chicago court for some of the counts of fraud and taking millions of dollars from shareholders and most notably obstruction of justice. While most of the offences Mr. Black was accused of were quashed and Mr. […]

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A Day Without a Mexican?

A Day Without a Mexican?

With the failure of the Immigration Reform Bill there has been a refocusing on the issues regarding the current state of affairs surrounding illegal immigration. This year there has already been 275 bodies found between US-Mexico border and it is expected that that number is going to rise to a record of over 500 bodies […]

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The Last Italian Cruise: 20 Migrants Disappeared

The Last Italian Cruise: 20 Migrants Disappeared

 In a few underreported incidents, last Thursday a migrant boat with 20 aboard disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea near Sicily on its way to Europe. Last Wednesday, 23 migrants were also picked up by Italian coastguards found clinging to a tuna cage near Sicily. Numerous other migrants were picked up as well last week from […]

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Immigration and Political Paralysis

Immigration and Political Paralysis

The failure of Immigration reform in the US marked a special occasion in recent US political history where both parties have come to complete consensus over an issue, and have decided that NO ONE can agree on anything when it comes to reforming the unworkable immigration laws in the United States. The plan was finally […]

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Spain's Progressive Policies: EU and Africa

Spain's Progressive Policies: EU and Africa

With the fate of many African migrants often being one of death from the failure of rickety boats used to move them towards the European coast, nervous smugglers ejecting their "clients" during the journey, or just a lack of action from receiving countries to save stranded migrants from drowning, there has been some recent progressive […]

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Perspectives on the US Immigration Bill and Globalisation

Perspectives on the US Immigration Bill and Globalisation

On Tuesday, another attempt to bring the Senate Immigration Reform Bill into the crosshairs of American policymakers and bring the reform bill back to the Senate floor was created by President Bush and supporters of immigration reform in the United States. The general impression is that the bill will likely fail to be passed again, […]

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Weekly News Roundup

This week's news roundup covers the aftermath of the failed reforms US Immigration policy initiative as well as covering further developments on the tragedy of the missing migrants and the EU response to this new scandal. Also a story on possible inequalities in the UK immigration system for skilled migrants is included: The Financial Times […]

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Immigration Consultants: Abusive? Unethical? Unqualified?Voice your Opinion!

Immigration Consultants: Abusive? Unethical? Unqualified?Voice your Opinion!

In my personal experience as a legal advisor to refugee claimants in Canada there was a duty to follow the laws, respect the country I was living in and do the best for my clients. While many cases were falsified, and others were very legitimate, there was always one problem in the system that stood […]

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The Brittleness of Britishness

The Brittleness of Britishness

The UK's immigration policy has always been viewed as one of the most open in Europe and possibly worldwide. Since 1997, the Labour government has adopted a relaxed immigration policy, swelling the immigrant population in the UK by 1.5 million people since the Labour government came into power in 97'. While the UK was praised […]

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Weekly News Roundup

This week's news roundup covers EU initiatives to create a Common European Asylum System as well as France's possible new focus on immigration policy as well as highlighting opinion tools for Americans on their attitudes towards immigration after the failure of the Immigration Bill to be passed through the US Senate. Also stories on Aid […]

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Inaction and Amnesty: The Never-ending Story of Failed American Immigration Policy

Inaction and Amnesty: The Never-ending Story of Failed American Immigration Policy

The focus of President Bush's weekly radio address often takes to speaking about how support for the war in Iraq is necessary and how his immigration policy must be supported. While unfortunately there is no end to the War in Iraq in sight, the President's Immigration Reform might have had met it's final end this […]

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The Palestinians and Lebanon: An Overview

The Palestinians and Lebanon: An Overview

Last week was the 40th Anniversary of the Six Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors in 1967. The attention on the Anniversary however was not given a glorious Battle of Britain style remembrance by much of the international media. Unlike many states who often take pride in remembering their victories in times of […]

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Skilled Immigrants in the Americas: Canada and the United States

Skilled Immigrants in the Americas: Canada and the United States

In a report by the CBC.ca, a discussion of the wage gap between Canadian Immigrants since the 1960s and American Immigrants since the same period shows that there is a significant difference between the two groups of immigrants. The report states that in Canada there seems to be less of a wage gap, as 4 […]

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Is Bush Right on Immigration?

Is Bush Right on Immigration?

In her column on May 25th, Eleanor Clift of Newsweek discusses the benefits President Bush is gaining in the debate on new immigration policy. Her overview of the complex political views of Democrats who will most likely support Bush's initiative under the guidance of Ted Kennedy is an interesting dynamic since most Democrats have tried […]

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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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