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Population, Immigration & Citizenship Clippings:30 July 2011

Population, Immigration & Citizenship Clippings: 30 July 2011

Offshoring the boat people
EVER since a conservative government under John Howard launched Australia’s so-called Pacific Solution to repel boat people ten years ago, the country’s political leaders have been vying to stop asylum-seekers landing by sea. On July 25th, Julia Gillard’s Labor government signed a deal with Malaysia that it hopes will trump all previous moves. Australia will send the next 800 boat people who sail into its northern waters to Malaysia. There they will join about 90,000 other asylum-seekers who have been waiting, some of them for years, to have their claims assessed. In return, Malaysia will send 4,000 certified refugees to Australia and receive compensation for the programme’s costs… Australia UK The Economist 28/7/11
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Australia and Malaysia Sign a Refugee Swap Deal
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Australia and Malaysia signed a refugee-swapping agreement on Monday that aims to stem the flow of asylum seekers to Australia's shores. Although the plan promises that the migrants Australia will send to Malaysia ...Australia Malaysia USA New York Times
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Shift in Europe Seen in Debate on Immigrants
BERLIN — Less than a week after the mass killings in Norway, evidence of a shift in the debate over Islam and the radical right in Europe already appeared to be taking hold on a traumatized Continent… USA New York Times NICHOLAS KULISH July 27, 2011
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Nations 'can do more' to welcome migrants

Will Human Population Growth Cause A Sixth Mass Extinction?
With world population growth soon set to hit 7 billion, there is concern that our strain on the planet may be too great for humanity's continued survival. .. USA World 20/7/11 Andy Tope
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New panel to punish officials who violate illegal immigration laws
It will also have the power to investigate allegations of local governments creating sanctuaries for illegal immigrants by not cooperating with federal officials in reporting immigration status information. Additionally, the panel could look into ...USA Georgia State Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Kenya Petitions AU, Humanitarian Groups to Aid Somali Refugees
Kenya Petitions AU, Humanitarian Groups to Aid Somali Refugees Peter Clottey Kenya's deputy internal affairs minister Orwa Ojode says his government has petitioned the African Union (AU) and humanitarian organizations. ...Africa UN Voice of America July 25, 2011
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Report of the 2010 review of the Migration Amendment (employer sanctions) Act 2007
According to this review, since 1998 there has been a growing number of non-citizens working in Australia without permission and that their presence is very often organised by intermediaries who abuse and exploit these workers. .. Australia 103 page pdf report Department of Immigration and Citizenship July, 2011
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Wounded, defiant Norway
The shock left by Breivik's attack is not just down to his bullets and bombs but his hate-filled attack on the country's centuries-old social contract. It's a contract that is feeling the strain of late: this small country of 4.8 million people has an ...Norway Ireland Irish Times
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Norway terror attack exposes deeper anger over immigration
The admitted attacker behind last week's bombing and shooting spree derided immigration and multiculturalism. Experts say his beliefs are surprisingly common in Norway. A graffiti is seen at the closed Skytterkollen shooting range on Thursday, ...Norway USA Christian Science Monitor 28/7/11
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Loan model used to buy 58 units for social housing
A MODEL of fully funding social housing through loans has been used for the first time on apartments purchased through the National Asset Management Agency (Nama). The 58 apartments in Beacon South Quarter, south Dublin, were sold for €10.3 million to ...Ireland Irish Times 28/7/11
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Human rights leader warns Gillard to expect flood of asylum-seekers
"At the end of the day, it will not affect the causes that make people flee Afghanistan and claim asylum," he said. An ethnic Hazara himself, he said the situation in Afghanistan was rapidly deteriorating. Afghan asylum-seekers have long travelled to ...Australia The Australian 29/7/11
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The Asylum Seeker 3quarksdaily
It's not enough for asylum applicants to say that they were threatened, or even beaten. They have to furnish horror stories. Inevitably, these atrocity stories are inflated, as new applicants for asylum get more inventive about what was ...USA The New Yorker
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Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention of Asylum ... - UNHCR
Related Document, Back to Basics: The Right to Liberty and Security of Person and 'Alternatives to Detention' of Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, Stateless Persons and Other Migrants. Cite as, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, ... World 105 page PDF document UNHCR May 2011
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UN agency assists Congolese refugees to return home from Gabon
The United Nations refugee agency is helping hundreds of Congolese to repatriate from Gabon to their former homes over the next week as a deadline looms for them to either apply to remain in Gabon or lose their refugee status. ... Congo Spero News
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In California, the assault on the house has gained official sanction. Once the heartland of the American dream, the Golden State has begun implementing new planning laws designed to combat global warming. These draconian measures could lead to a ban on the construction of private residences, particularly on the suburban fringe. The new legislation’s goal is to cram future generations of Californians into multi-family apartment buildings, turning them from car-driving suburbanites into strap-hanging urbanistas… USA Newgeography Joel Kotkin 07/26/2011
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