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Brazil: New Immigration Policy Needed

(Jan. 20, 2012) During a meeting on January 13, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian Minister of Defense, Celso Amorim, stated that Brazil needs to rethink its immigration policy because of the economic impact created by the increasing number of immigrants entering the country irregularly in search of better living conditions. (Política de Imigração […]

Indonesia: Implementation of New Immigration Law Delayed

(Oct. 24, 2011) Indonesia adopted a new law on immigration on April 7, 2011, replacing a 1992 statute. (Undang-undang Republik Indonesia Nomor 6 Tahun 2011 Tentang Keimigrasian [Law No. 6 of 2011 of the Republic of Indonesia on Immigration], Indonesian Consulate – Ottawa website (last visited Oct. 20, 2011).) It was designed in part to […]

Sweden: Police Criticized for Treatment of Beggars

(Oct. 19, 2011) In a June 2011 decision, the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman sharply criticized the Stockholm Police Department for deporting 26 “beggars” of Romani ethnicity. (Allvarlig kritik mot Polismyndigheten i Stockholms län, som avvisat utlänningar med motiveringen att dessa ägnade sig åt tiggeri och dagdriver [Sharp Criticism of the Stockholm County Police Department for Deporting […]

Israel: Establishment of Immigration Appeals Tribunal

(Aug. 17, 2011) On August 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Entry Into Israel Law (Amendment No. 22), 5771-2011. The objective of the amendment is to establish a special administrative tribunal for appeals of decisions of authorized agencies in matters of immigration, entry into and exit from Israel, and citizenship. (Entry into Israel […]

European Union; Spain: Temporary Limitation of Free Movement of Romanian Workers

(Aug. 17, 2011) On August 11, 2011, the European Commission allowed Spain to temporarily restrict the access of Romanian workers to its labor market. (2011/503/EU: Commission Decision of 11 August 2011 Authorising Spain to Temporarily Suspend the Application of Articles 1 to 6 of Regulation (EU) No 492/2011 of the European Parliament and of the […]

Canada: Government May Recover the Cost of Social Assistance to an Immigrant from the Immigrant’s Sponsor

(July 29, 2011) The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that if a new immigrant to Canada under the family class obtains government assistance, the cost of this assistance may be recovered from the immigrant's family sponsor, provided that minimal procedural safeguards are followed. The Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act 2001 allows in section […]

France: Law on Immigration, Integration and Nationality

(July 1, 2011) France's Constitutional Council found Law 2011-672 of June 16, 2011, on Immigration, Integration and Nationality constitutional (with the exception of some minor provisions), whereupon the Law was published in the country's official gazette on June 17, 2011 (Loi n° 2011-672 du 16 juin 2011 relative à l'immigration, à l'intégration et à la […]

Israel: Regulation of Employment Visas of Providers of Elder Care

(June 6, 2011) On May 16, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Entry into Israel (Amendment No. 21), 5771-2011. The Amendment provides the Minister of the Interior the authority to pass regulations for the prevention of “misuse of a visa and residence permit” by foreign workers engaged in care of the elderly. The Minister […]

Denmark: Proposals Aimed at Services to Foreigners

(Apr. 13, 2011) Denmark's welfare state is experiencing stress due to high costs, and the government is considering moving from the current tax-based welfare model, the approach common in Scandinavian countries, to a system in which benefits are related to years of work. According to newspaper reports, the government plan has 28 points, most of […]

Sweden: Move Toward Providing Health Care, Education for Illegal Immigrants

(Mar. 14, 2011) The Swedish government and the Green Party recently announced an agreement on a policy toward migrants. The plan would allow even those in the country illegally to receive health care and education and would give them the right to run businesses. At a press briefing on March 3, 2011, Prime Minister Fredrik […]