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									            MIGRATION &
INTEGRATION MEDIA
                   SUMMARY

                     OCTOBER 16th-31st
                                   2009

The Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI) is an
independent non-profit organization dedicated to the development of effective
practices in the fields of migration and integration. CIMI seeks to facilitate
effective migration management through knowledge exchange, capacity-
building and technical assistance to government and non-government
agencies. Activities include courses, consultations and project development.



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                                                 Table of Contents
Africa & The Middle East .................................................................................................. 2
    General ............................................................................................................................................ 2

Asia .......................................................................................................................................... 4
    Enforcement .................................................................................................................................. 4
    Employment .................................................................................................................................. 4
    Health ............................................................................................................................................... 5

Europe .................................................................................................................................... 6
    General ............................................................................................................................................ 6
    Enforcement .................................................................................................................................. 8
    Employment ................................................................................................................................ 10
    Health .............................................................................................................................................11
    Integration ...................................................................................................................................12

Oceania ................................................................................................................................ 13
    General ..........................................................................................................................................13

North & South America .................................................................................................. 15
    General ..........................................................................................................................................15
    Enforcement ................................................................................................................................ 16
    Employment ................................................................................................................................ 17
    Education ......................................................................................................................................18
    Health .............................................................................................................................................18
    Integration ...................................................................................................................................19

Refugees & Asylum Seekers ......................................................................................... 20

Remittances ....................................................................................................................... 22

Circular Migration ........................................................................................................... 22

Events................................................................................................................................... 23

Publications ....................................................................................................................... 24




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                    Africa & The Middle East
General
Farmers, Oz Unit square off over attempted arrests of Thai workers
The Jerusalem Post, October 26, 2009
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1256557967335&pagename=JPost%2FJP
Article%2FShowFull
Farmers from the Arava farming village of Hatzava clashed with members of the
National Immigration Authority's Oz Unit on Monday during a raid to arrest foreign
workers, resulting in an hours-long confrontation and the need for police intervention.
The Oz Unit said it received intelligence of nine Thai agricultural workers who had
overstayed their visas and were living and working on the farms under false names.
When Oz Unit members raided the farms, 'the farmers threatened their lives,
punctured the tires of their vehicles, and didn't let them leave for four hours,' said Oz
Unit Spokeswoman Sabine Hadad. Thai nationals who were taken into custody by Oz
were freed by the farmers, who broke into Oz vehicles.


Israel's Illegal Immigrants — and Their Children
Time Magazine, October 21, 2009
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1931160,00.html?xid=rss-topstories
Mila Valdez, 40, lives near the central bus station in Tel Aviv. It is thousands of miles
from where she was born, in the Philippines. She and her 7-year-old son live a
cramped existence in three small rooms plus kitchen and bathroom — plus eight other
people. But she is fighting for the right to stay in Israel. Valdez is among 200,000
foreign workers from East Asia, Africa and Latin America who have found their way
to Israel. About half of them are illegal, as Valdez is now. She went to Israel legally
but her visa lapsed at about the time she gave birth to her son Jerry. Her apartment is
among the Eritrean cafés, Sudanese restaurants and Filipino bars in the streets around
the old central bus station — underneath a police advertisement inviting residents to
inform on their neighbors' visa status. 'I am working as a house cleaner because I'm
now illegal,' Valdez tells TIME. 'My husband was caught in 2007 and he was
deported. My son Jerry loves Israel. We're hoping to stay.'


Engaging Zimbabwean Diaspora in Socio-Economic Reconstruction


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http://www.iom.int/jahia/Jahia/media/press-briefing-
notes/pbnAF/cache/offonce?entryId=26572
Posted on Friday, 30-10-2009
South Africa - A meeting today organized by the Zimbabwean government and IOM
in Johannesburg, is looking to find ways of engaging the Zimbabwean diaspora living
in South Africa in the socio-economic reconstruction and development of their home
country.


Enforcement


Employment


Education


Health


Integration




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                                           Asia
General


Enforcement
Tougher laws planned to cut down on asylum seekers
Deutsche Presse Agentur, October 25, 2009
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1509154.php/Toug
her-laws-planned-to-cut-down-on-asylum-seekers
Tougher laws are being planned to make it a criminal offence for illegal immigrants
seeking political asylum to work in Hong Kong, government broadcaster RTHK said
Sunday. Police have intercepted hundreds of illegal immigrants, mainly from South
Asian and African countries, entering the territory since a court ruling in March which
allowed asylum seekers to work in Hong Kong while their applications were being
assessed. The Immigration Department received more than 2,400 applications, mostly
from illegal immigrants, for political asylum between January and September. More
than 90 per cent of the claims were made after the immigrants were arrested by police.


Employment
Migrant workers face abuse in S. Korea: Amnesty
Agence France Presse, October 21, 2009
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iHHZiGtDsDMsjWxEa7poG
fqsqQLw
Many migrant workers in South Korea are abused, trafficked for sexual exploitation
or denied wages despite the introduction of rules for their protection, Amnesty
International said Wednesday. South Korea became one of the first Asian countries to
recognise the rights of migrant workers when it implemented the Employment Permit
System (EPS) in August 2004. 'Now, five years into the EPS work scheme, migrant
workers in South Korea continue to be at risk of human rights abuses and many of the
exploitative practices.... still persist,' the rights group said in a report.


Good traits make Pinoys preferred abroad
The GMA News (Philippines), October 20, 2009


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http://www.gmanews.tv/story/175138/dole-good-traits-make-pinoys-preferred-abroad
Foreign employers hire Filipino workers not because they would take on any job for a
cheap pay, but because of their unrivaled skills and good characteristics, Labor
Secretary Marianito Roque said Tuesday. In a statement, he said overseas Filipino
workers (OFWs) have a number of traits that give them the edge over other
nationalities. Roque disputed a report which said that foreign employers favor OFWs
'because of their willingness to do any kind of work even for the smallest pay.'
'Foreign employers prefer OFWs mainly because of their positive attributes such as
their facility with the English language, their industry, flexibility, ability to learn
easily, and their happy disposition,' Roque said in the statement.


Education


Health
Free Medical Treatment for Expats
The Korea Times, October 18, 2009
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/10/113_53753.html
The Ministry of Justice said Sunday foreign residents around the country will be able
to receive free medical checkups and counseling on a range of issues between Oct. 26
and Nov. 8. The event will be held at 14 immigration offices around the country. The
Ministry said it will partner with the Korean Medical Association and Korean Dental
Association during the period. Participating public servants will provide foreigners
with tailor-made counseling on a variety of topics including immigration, labor,
domestic violence and other legal issues, it said.


Integration




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                                      Europe
General
Illegal entry into Spain down by 50%
The Barcelona Reporter, October 30, 2009
http://www.barcelonareporter.com/index.php?/news/comments/illegal_entry_into_spa
in_down_by_50/3010090327am
Illegal crossings over the Spanish border either by land or sea have reduced more than
half so far this year, as of today there have been 7000 clandestine penetrations against
the 17,000 recorded in the same period in 2008, according to data given at a press
conference by the Deputy Executive Director of the European Agency for the
Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders (FRONTEX), Gil
Arias. Based on data of the entire European Union, Spain repeated this year its third
place as a destination for illegal immigration, with nine percent of all illegal
crossings. In first place is Greece, which absorbs 70%, followed by Italy with 13
percent. These three countries are accumulating 91 percent of illegal border crossings
throughout the Union.


France migrant policy criticised
The BBC News (U.K.), October 29, 2009
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8331828.stm
According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), in 2008 French airport police deported
one third of the 1,000 unaccompanied migrant children who arrived at Roissy-Charles
de Gaulle airport in Paris, detaining them in a transit zone in the same facilities as
adults. The organisation claims France's refusal to accept that the unaccompanied
children have arrived on French soil on reaching the airport denies them the rights
granted to other migrant children - such as appealing against their deportation. In its
60-page report, HRW expresses concern that there are not proper safeguards in place
to check that children will be looked after once they have been deported to another
destination.


Economy slows illegal migrants
Agence France Presse, October 28, 2009



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http://www.news24.com/Content/World/News/1073/8c1fd52ab77345eabf65b8c91836
53b7/28-10-2009-05-53/Economy_slows_illegal_migrants
The European Union has seen a sharp drop in the number of illegal migrants caught
entering the bloc this year due to the economic downturn and better patrols, a senior
official of the EU's border security agency Frontex said on Wednesday. A total of 51
600 illegal crossings of the EU's external land and sea borders were detected during
the first six months of 2009, down 17% on the same period last year, Frontex deputy
director Gil Arias Fernandez told a news conference. The global economic downturn
is discouraging migrants from heading to the EU because they are less confident of
finding a job while at the same time it is harder from them to pay for the crossing,
which can cost several hundred euros, he added.


Polish Prime Minister promises concrete assistance on migration
The Independent (Malta), October 23, 2009
http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=96038
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk promised concrete and practical assistance for
Malta to deal with the burden of immigration. The Polish Prime Minister was in Malta
on a state visit which focused on migration, climate change and bilateral economic
and political relations. 'Poland is ready to be involved and share its responsibilities,'
Mr Tusk said. By the end of the year, it plans to present a schedule of how the
assistance will be provided. However when questioned, Mr Tusk failed to divulge
much and said he was being cautious to be sure the suggestions will be
implementable.


Britain 'forced to take more asylum seekers' under EU common asylum plan
The Telegraph (U.K.), October 22, 2009
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/6399333/Britain-forced-to-
take-more-asylum-seekers-under-EU-common-asylum-plan.html
Britain would be forced to take a greater number of asylum seekers under EU plans
that would create a Europe-wide common asylum policy with uniform criteria for
deciding on cases.


Vast new illegal migrant camp opens in France as officials admit they have



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'no alternative'
The Daily Mail (U.K.), October 16, 2009
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1220804/Charity-camp-
opens-France-illegal-migrants-headed-England--just-weeks-destruction-
Jungle.html
A vast charity camp for illegal migrants heading towards England has opened
in northern France. As fears grew that it will become a magnet for thousands
more, officials said they had 'no alternative' but to allow it to be put it in place.
It is situated at Steenvoorde, next door to a motorway service station filled with
lorries heading towards Channel ports at Calais and Dunkirk.


Slovakia renews promise to take migrants
The Times of Malta, October 16, 2009
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20091016/local/slovakia-renews-
promise-to-take-migrants
Slovakia today reiterated its promise to take illegal immigrants from Malta
during talks in Valletta between Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak and
Foreign Minister Tonio Borg. The talks focused on bilateral political and
economic relations as well as developments in the EU. Dr Borg said the two
countries wanted to build on the collaboration that existed when Malta helped
Slovakia in the euro-adoption process.


Enforcement
Spanish parliament approves controversial immigration law Agence Press France,
October 30, 2009
http://www.expatica.com/es/news/spanish-news/Spanish-parliament-approves-
controversial-immigration-law_57691.html
Spain's lower house of parliament has approved a controversial law which extends
from 40 to 60 days the maximum period that illegal immigrants can be held in
detention centres before being deported. The draft law also imposes restrictions on
parents joining their immigrant children in Spain, which has seen the unemployment



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rate soar to nearly 18 percent, the highest level in the European Union. It now goes to
the Senate, the upper house of parliament, and if it passes as expected the new rules
will take effect in 2010. The draft law has drawn widespread criticism from Latin
America, from where the bulk of Spain's immigrants come from as well as from rights
groups who point out it allows illegal immigrants to be held for longer than criminal
suspects.


European deportation charters could become routine
Radio France Internationale, October 30, 2009
http://www.rfi.fr/actuen/articles/118/article_5682.asp
Opponents argue the measure is too repressive and will present a poor image of
Europe. The draft proposal, which may be altered by the assembled heads of state and
government, calls for an 'examination of the possibility of regular chartering financed
by Frontex, the EU border service, of return flights'.


UK plans Zimbabwe asylum removals
The BBC News, October 29, 2009
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8331731.stm
Immigration minister Phil Woolas said the ground was being cleared to start enforced
returns 'as and when the political situation develops'. The BBC understands the UK
Border Agency could start returns in the New Year, but no firm date has been set.
Asylum groups have reacted with alarm, saying the country is too volatile to consider
forcibly returning anyone. Some 28,000 Zimbabweans have sought asylum over the
past decade, but none have been removed since late 2006 because of a series of legal
rulings on the safety of the country.


Taxpayer funds £120,000 flight to return just eight Afghans
The Telegraph (U.K.), October 26, 2009
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/6416385/Taxpayer
-funds-120000-flight-to-return-just-eight-Afghans.html
Home Office officials had planned to use the private jet to return up to 30 individuals
but more than two thirds won last minute reprieves after applying for judicial reviews
against their removals. But the plane was still used, meaning the public paid £15,000
per failed asylum seeker on a journey dubbed the 'ghost flight' by immigration staff.


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The case reignites concerns over spending on private jets to return failed asylum
applicants, foreign prisoners and illegal immigrants. Figures earlier this year showed
spending on charter flights had almost doubled to £8.2 million in 2008/09 – the
equivalent of more than £22,500 per day.


EU cash will help State fund more deportations
The Irish Independent, October 12, 2009
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/eu-cash-will-help-state-fund-more-
deportations-1910834.html
The EU is giving cash to the Government to help pay for flights home for
migrants who lose their jobs. Ireland had applied to the EU for monies to help
non-EU immigrants who cannot afford to live here or who have failed in their
asylum applications. The EU has agreed, and will provide around €600,000 per
annum from 2008 to 2013, under its Return Fund. A spokeswoman for the
Department of Justice said: 'For the first year of the fund, Ireland has decided
to focus on forced returns.'


Release for 1,200 illegal migrants
Kathimerini (Greece), October 16, 2009
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_politics_100012_16/10/2009_
111607
Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis yesterday announced the
impending release of 1,200 illegal immigrants from police holding cells around
the country while also heralding a overhaul of the coast guard and police force
to deter traffickers from bringing would-be migrants to Greece. The freed
immigrants would be given a month to leave the country and offered financial
incentives for their repatriation, the minister said, noting that migrants facing
trial on criminal charges would not be subject to release.


Employment
10 per cent of Romanians are working abroad



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The Romanian Times, October 16, 2009
http://www.romaniantimes.at/news/General_News/2009-10-
16/3573/10_per_cent_of_Romanians_are_working_abroad
Some 8 to 10 per cent of the Romanian population aged 15 to 64, or around 2.7
million people, are working abroad.
Romania needs to develop policies for those working abroad, for those coming
back and for regional development. Sociologist Dumitru Sandu presented three
directions that Romania needs to move in on the issue of migration yesterday
(Thurs).


Downturn cuts foreign worker jobs
The BBC News (U.K.), October 21, 2009
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8317193.stm
The recession has significantly cut the number of UK jobs being offered to workers
from outside the EU, says a panel which advises the government. There are 500,000
jobs in sectors on the 'skills shortage list', compared with 700,000 a year ago, the
Migration Advisory Committee said. It recommends some jobs in construction and
engineering be removed from the list amid the recession.


Education


Health
German clinic helps immigrants overcome psychological problems
Deutsche Welle, October 17, 2009
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4792151,00.html
At Berlin's Charite hospital, specialized therapists cross cultural barriers to gain a
better understanding of immigrants' unique problems. Diagnosing and treating mental
illnesses is a challenge in itself. In Germany, where around 20 percent of all residents
have an immigrant background, many psychiatric patients also come from others
cultures. They, however, are much less likely to seek professional help than native
Germans are. Due to language barriers or cultural differences, they may feel inhibited,
or not even be aware of the treatment options available to them. At the Charite


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hospital in Berlin, the Center for Intercultural Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and
Supervision (ZIPP) aims to overcome these hurdles. It employs a team of
psychologists, social workers and ethnologists, many of whom have a migrant
background themselves.


Integration
Sarkozy accused of fear-mongering as France debates its identity
The Canwest News Service (Canada), October 29, 2009
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/ALLONS+ENFANTS+PATRIE/2159053/
story.html
President Nicolas Sarkozy is being accused of trying to take advantage of bitterly
deep divisions here over France's lack of success, particularly when compared to
countries like Canada, in integrating non-white immigrants. Sarkozy, whose 2007
election victory was helped by his get-tough approach to crime and immigration, will
launch a series of public debates next week on France's national identity. It's an
initiative that critics say is an attempt to 'change the channels' following controversies
over child sex and nepotism that have tarnished Sarkozy's reputation, particularly
among far-right voters who are deeply hostile to the millions of Muslims here. 'We
must reaffirm the values of national identity and of the pride in being French,' said his
minister of immigration and national identity, Eric Besson.




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                                    Oceania
General
Rising tide of asylum-seekers: Will Australia let them in? Science Monitor,
October 30, 2009
http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/1030/p06s07-woap.html
It is the enduring image of the John Howard era: special-forces troops boarding
a Norwegian freighter, the Tampa, to prevent it from docking in Australia with
430 asylum-seekers rescued from their sinking boat. The 2001 incident sparked
international condemnation but it helped the conservative prime minister to win
his third general election. Now Howard's Labor successor, Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd – who must call an election within the next 12 months – has his
own Tampa: the Oceanic Viking, an Australian customs ship that picked up 78
Sri Lankan Tamils from a stricken vessel in Indonesia's search-and-rescue zone
nearly a fortnight ago. Mr. Rudd has persuaded Indonesia to take in the
asylum-seekers, but they were still refusing to disembark Friday, after five days
anchored off the northern port of Kijang.


Surge in Refugees Presents a Problem for Australia
Government Faces Pressure to Tighten Relaxed Policies as Boat People Flock to
Economic Haven From War-Torn Asian Countries
The Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2009
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125676584673614229.html
Growing numbers of political refugees heading to Australia are turning into a major
headache for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as his government faces pressure to rethink
its policies toward asylum seekers. The problem was underscored Wednesday as a
boat filled with 78 Sri Lankan asylum seekers once destined for Australia sat moored
off the coast of Indonesia while local officials argued over what to do with them. Mr.
Rudd's government had earlier hoped to redirect more refugees to its giant
archipelago neighbor, but it remains unclear whether Indonesians will be willing to
serve as a staging ground for Australia's swelling number of asylum seekers. The flow
of boat people, periodically a problem in Australia, has surged since the onset of the



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global financial crisis. At least 34 boats carrying more than 1,700 refugees have
sought asylum in Australia so far this year -- including four since Oct. 11 -- compared
with just seven boats carrying a total of 161 people in 2008.


Migration gain the most in five years
The New Zealand Press Ass'n, October 21, 2009
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10604587
The number of people moving to New Zealand to stay reached a five-year high in
September, new figures from Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) show. For the year, the
87,200 people arriving on a permanent and long term (PLT) basis was up 600 or 1 per
cent from a year earlier. At the same time, the 70,200 PLT departures was down
12,100 or 15 per cent. As a result net PLT migration was 17,000 in the September
year, up from 4400 a year earlier, and the highest annual net migration total since the
September 2004 year, SNZ said.


Enforcement


Employment


Education


Health


Integration




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                     North & South America
General
From a trickle to a flood, 2.5 million Indians make US their home
The Economic Times (India), October 16, 2009
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/From-a-trickle-to-a-
flood-25-million-Indians-make-US-their-home/articleshow/5130270.cms
Stating with no more than 700 persons moving from India to the US between
1820 and 1900, the ethnic Indian community in America has grown to 2.5
million in 2007, according to a new report. The report, Emigration,
Immigration, and Diaspora Relations in India, released Friday by the Migration
Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, DC also shows that at
2.5 million, the community's size in the US is nearly double of that in the UK
and more than 2.5 times as large as the one in Canada.


CNN Poll: 3 out of 4 want illegal immigration decreased
The CNN News, October 22, 2009
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/10/22/cnn-poll-3-out-of-4-want-illegal-
immigration-decreased/
A new national poll indicates that nearly three-quarters of all Americans would like to
see a decrease in the number of illegal immigrants in the country. Seventy-three
percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released
Thursday morning called for a drop in the number of illegal immigrants, with 22
percent saying the number should remain the same and just 3 percent stating that there
should be an increase in the number of illegal immigrants. That 73 percent figure is
the highest number since CNN started asking this question four years ago.


Supes approve new S.F. sanctuary law
The San Francisco Chronicle, October 28, 2009
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/28/MN9I1ABGS5.DTL&type=politics
The Board of Supervisors gave final approval to changing the city's sanctuary policy



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with a veto-proof majority Tuesday, setting up a showdown with Mayor Gavin
Newsom who said he will not enact the legislation over concerns of violating federal
law. The board voted 8-3 to amend city law so that undocumented youth arrested on
felony charges be reported to federal immigration authorities for possible deportation
only after they're convicted - not when they're arrested, as is now the case. The vote,
watched nationally, received enthusiastic applause from supporters who packed the
City Hall supervisors' chamber.



Enforcement
DHS Reshapes Its Immigration Enforcement Program
The Washington Post, October 16, 2009
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2009/10/15/AR2009101503933.html
A controversial federal program that deputizes state and local law enforcement
agents to catch illegal immigrants is expanding under the Obama
administration, despite changes announced this summer intended to curb
alleged racial profiling and other police abuses. In the Washington area,
sheriff's offices in Frederick, Loudoun and Prince William counties intend to
continue to participate, according to local officials. Nationwide, the program
identified about 60,000 illegal immigrants for deportation over the past year,
the highest number since the program was expanded nationwide in 2006.


New task force to target border crime
The Detroit Free Press, October 28, 2009
http://www.freep.com/article/20091028/NEWS05/91028052/1001/NEWS/New-task-
force-to-target-border-crime
Immigration officials announced today a new task force composed of U.S. and
Canadian law enforcement officials to better crack down on border crime. Called the
Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), the new group consists of about 50
law enforcement officials that is led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE), part of the Department of Homeland Security. It’s based in downtown Detroit.




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LAPD chief: Cops shouldn't tag immigrants
The Associated Press, October 27, 2009
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gEBYizaIzHnXUq98J9y2u54
0Ly3wD9BJITT01
Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton says his department must stay out of the
business of collaring illegal immigrants. In an article in Tuesday's Los Angeles
Times, Bratton says the LAPD should continue a three-decade-old policy that
prohibits officers from stopping someone solely to determine whether they're in the
country illegally. Bratton says it's harder for police to do their job if witnesses won't
come forward because they're afraid of deportation.


Joint U.S.-Mexican police patrols among proposed fixes for the border
The Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2009
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laplaza/2009/10/joint-usmexican-police-
patrols-among-panels-fixes-for-the-border.html
That radical idea is one of the recommendations made by a blue-ribbon panel
of scholars, diplomats and other experts that spent most of the year searching
for 'a new vision' in dealing with cross-border issues as diverse as migration,
security and water. 'It’s time to do something different, even if it is provocative
and controversial,' said Andres Rozental, a former deputy foreign minister of
Mexico and co-chair of the so-called Binational Task Force on the United
States-Mexico Border.


Employment
Changes to temporary foreign workers program don't go far enough,
critics say
The Toronto Star (Canada), October 16, 2009
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/711400--changes-to-temporary-
foreign-workers-program-don-t-go-far-enough-critics-say
The proposed changes to Canada's temporary foreign workers program
reinforce a 'disposable' workforce and further penalizes workers already
vulnerable to abuse, advocacy groups and labour unions warn. The changes,


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announced by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney late last week, represent
another setback for the 260,000 temporary foreign workers - many of them in
clerical and manual jobs - because it limits their stay to four years and bans
them from returning to Canada for at least six years, critics say. 'They are
punishing the victims, not stopping the exploitation,' said Sonia Singh, a
spokesperson for the Toronto-based Coalition for Change, an umbrella group
of 20 labour and community organizations.


Education
New Canadians to receive language training vouchers in the mail
The Calgary Herald (Canada), October 15, 2009
http://www.calgaryherald.com/Canadians+receive+language+training+vouchers+mail
/2111528/story.html
In a bid to encourage more new immigrants to access free language lessons,
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced a
pilot project to send language training vouchers in the mail to new Canadians. Starting
this fall, 2,000 immigrants from Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia will receive the
vouchers informing them they’re eligible for free official language classes.


Health
White House announces end to HIV travel ban
The Washington Post, October 30, 2009
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/10/30/obama_to_announce_end_to_hiv_t.
html?wprss=44
President Obama called the 22-year ban on travel and immigration by HIV-positive
individuals a decision 'rooted in fear rather than fact' and announced the end of the
rule-making process lifting the ban. The president signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS
Treatment Extension Act of 2009 at the White House Friday and also spoke of the
new rules, which have been under development more more than a year. 'We are
finishing the job,' the president said.


H1N1 vaccine for undocumented immigrants urged



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Everyone should guard against flu, health officials say
The Tennessean (Nashville), October 19, 2009
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20091019/NEWS01/910190328/2066/NEWS03/H
1N1+vaccine+for+undocumented+immigrants+urged
Since the H1N1 flu doesn't discriminate, local clinics and the Metro Public Health
Department are focusing on a sometimes forgotten population at the behest of public
health officials: undocumented immigrants. 'Everyone, no matter what country and
nationality, we encourage them to get it,'' said Nancy Anness, vice president of
advocacy and access at Saint Thomas Health Services. The U.S government and
public health officials have made it clear: They want the estimated 12 million illegal
immigrants to get the vaccine that the federal government is providing free of charge.


Integration
Filipino immigrants share experiences of adjusting to American culture
A group seeks to inspire unity in the Filipino community.
The Daily 49er (Cal. State Univ., Long Beach), October 28, 2009
http://www.daily49er.com/news/filipino-immigrants-share-experiences-of-adjusting-
to-american-culture-1.2041850
Bayanihan Studies Kollective presented stories told by Filipino immigrants who
moved to America on Tuesday night at the Multicultural Center. BSK is a coalition of
Filipino youth started by three students at Cal State Long Beach. 'Bayanihan' means to
a spirit of unity and helping the whole community. It is a global movement to assist
families in the Philippines. Due to budget cuts, fewer ethnic study programs are
offered. BSK offers workshops outside of class for students to engage in learning
about their culture.




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                     Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Asylum Claims Rise in Industrialized Countries
The Voice of America News, October 22, 2009
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-10-22-voa21.cfm
A new survey finds asylum applications in 44 industrialized countries rose by 10
percent in the first half of 2009, compared to the same period last year, bringing the
total of asylum claims to 185,000. The report finds the number of claims for asylum
by Iraqis dropped by nearly a third this year compared to last. But the survey notes
Iraq remains the top country of origin of the asylum applicants for the fourth year in a
row. Afghans and Somalis are the second- and third-largest groups. The U.N. refugee
agency says deteriorating security conditions in their countries are prompting more
people to seek refuge abroad.


UN alarm at Greek migrant centre
The BBC News (U.K.), October 28, 2009
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8328746.stm
The UN refugee agency is demanding an inquiry into alleged police brutality at a
notorious detention centre on the Greek island of Lesbos. Several asylum seekers
were reportedly beaten after protesting over prolonged detention and the Pagani
centre's cramped and insanitary conditions. The new socialist government in Greece
recently announced a zero tolerance policy towards police violence. Human rights
workers on Lesbos say a 17-year-old Kurd was seriously hurt. They claim four police
guards beat the asylum seeker for half an hour until he became unconscious and was
taken to hospital.


More asylum seekers to Norway
The Norway Post, October 15, 2009
http://www.norwaypost.no/content/view/22627/1/
Image So far this year 13,379 asylum seekers have arrived in Norway. This is
nearly as many as for the whole of last year, when around 14,400 applied for
asylum. 1612 applied in September alone. Of the near 14,000 asylum seekers
who have arrived this year, 24 per cent come from Afghanistan, 15 per cent



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from Eritrea, 11 per cent from Somalia and 7 per cent from Iraq.


Iraq sends back UK asylum flight
The BBC News (U.K.), October 16, 2009
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8310572.stm
Iraqi asylum seekers sent back to Baghdad by the UK government have been
refused re-entry to their homeland, and flown back to Britain. The flight,
carrying about 40 asylum seekers, landed in Baghdad on Thursday. Ten were
admitted but the rest were turned away and have now arrived back. Human
rights group Refugee and Migrant Justice said this was 'unprecedented'. The
Home Office said it was working with the Iraqi government to iron out issues
that caused some to be returned. The reason for their return, it said, was a
matter for the Iraqi authorities.


Abused Wife Wins Political Asylum in US
Decision sets precedent for women fleeing domestic abuse
The Newser, October 30, 2009
http://www.newser.com/story/72909/abused-wife-wins-political-asylum-in-us.html
The Obama administration has recommended that a Guatemalan woman who came to
America fleeing horrific domestic abuse be granted political asylum. Rody Alvarado
Peña's case has been in the courts since 1995 and lawyers say the decision will finally
clarify the rules on whether abused women in foreign countries can seek asylum in the
US. The ruling is 'a giant step forward,' one asylum lawyer said.


The repatriation of 400 Burundians closes a chapter in long-
running refugee saga
http://www.unhcr.org/4aeb050b9.html
News Stories, 30 October 2009
The UN refugee agency on Friday afternoon sent home the final group of long-term Burundian
refugees in Tanzania who wanted to return, a landmark operation in ending one of the world's most
protracted refugee situations.A train carrying 400 civilians, who either fled from their homeland 37
years ago or are relatives of the so-called 1972 Burundian refugees, left Katumba, one of the so-called




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"Old Settlements" in western Tanzania, en route to Burundi. It marked the end of a year-and-a-half-
long voluntary repatriation programme.



                                      Remittances
'Remittance-driven economy may be over soon'
The ABS CBN News (Philippines), October 29, 2009
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/10/29/09/remittance-driven-economy-may-be-
over-soon
Money sent home by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may no longer be one of the
country's main growth drivers in the next decade, according to the top official of
government-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). Remittances may
have been a critical factor in keeping the economy resilient amid the global crisis, but
DBP President and Chief Executive Officer Reynaldo David stressed that the country
should start looking at other sectors for growth since this phenomenon may not last in
the years to come.


Migrant workers lead foreign capital inflow
The Daily News (Sri Lanka), October 19, 2009
http://www.dailynews.lk/2009/10/19/bus01.asp
Remittances of migrant workers are close to US $ 3 billion or seven percent of the
GDP or 36 percent of exports earnings and it is the second largest foreign exchange
earner to Sri Lanka. It has become the leading source of foreign capital to Sri Lanka,
overtaking the official development assistance and foreign direct investment Institute
of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Executive Director Dr. Saman Kelegama said.




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                                   Events

     Date & time   Location        Initiative                       Contact & info

     16-21.11.09   Haifa, Israel   Mobilizing Diaspora Civil http://www.iom.
1.                                 Society      for   International int/jahia/webdav
                                   Development:       A   Capacity /shared/shared/
                                   Building       Workshop      for mainsite/events/
                                   Women Leaders of Diaspora docs/diaspora_tr
                                   Associations                     aining_course.p
                                                                    df

     16-26.11.09   Haifa, Israel   Mobilizing Diaspora Civil http://www.iom.
2.                                 Society      for   International int/jahia/webdav
                                   Development: A Capacity /shared/shared/
                                   Building       Workshop     for mainsite/events/
                                   Women Leaders of Diaspora docs/diaspora_tr
                                   Associations                     aining_course.p
                                                                    df


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