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Friday funnies: Ducks on the move

Friday funnies: Ducks on the move

German news magazine, Der Spiegel, features the story of a 15-year unplanned migration of a different type. Navigating the treacherous waters of the Pacific in 1992, a container ship from Hong Kong bound for Tacoma, WA. lost some of its precious cargo: 29,000 rubber ducks, frogs and plastic turtles were dumped into the ocean. These […]

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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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Friday funnies (on Sunday): Ask a Mexican!

Friday funnies (on Sunday): Ask a Mexican!

The New York Times is reporting a wonderful story about a satirical column by Gustavo Arellano, which runs in the alternative Orange County, CA. newspaper. The friendly advice column Ask a Mexican! has dedicated itself to openly addressing stereotypes that often plague the relationship between the large Mexican immigrant population and the rest of the […]

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Weekly news roundup

Much happened in migration related matters across the globe this week. Following the conservative victory in the parliamentary elections, the French president moved ahead on realizing his new restrictive immigration policies, while at the same time creating the most inclusive government in the country's history. Elsewhere, US conservatives are stepping up the pressure to move […]

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The world won't listen – or will it?

The world won't listen – or will it?

Today marks the sixth annual World Refugee Day. Back in 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in solidarity with Africa, which hosted the greatest number of internally displaced people in the world. The Assembly decided that the first World Refugee Day should coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Convention relating to the […]

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World Refugee Day

Tomorrow is World Refugee Day and we will cover events commemorating the plight of refugees, the anguish, suffering and isolation they feel in abandoning their homelands, along with the efforts of the international community to ease their situations and raise awareness over the course of the day tomorrow. Our fellow FPA blogger, Cassandra Clifford, has […]

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Moving right along..

The predicted landslide didn't quite happen, but Nicolas Sarkozy is a happy man nonetheless. Despite his party's losses in the second round of the parliamentary elections in France, Sarkozy has enough backing to push through his presidential agenda and quickly at that. The International Herald Tribune provided an update on just how quickly Monsieur Le […]

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Help..we need somebody!

Help..we need somebody!

German industrial associations are reporting a marked shortage of blue collar workers in certain sectors to keep up with rising demand. On June 8, Ludwig Gerhard Braun, President of the country's Chambers of Industry and Commerce, went on the record to demand the economy open itself to qualified migrants as a part of a comprehensive […]

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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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