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Austria: Reform of Citizenship Law

(Aug. 13, 2013) On July 30, 2013, Austria amended its Citizenship Act (Bundesgesetz mit dem das Staatsbürgerschaftsgesetz geändert wird [Amending Act to the Citizenship Act] (July 30, 2013), BUNDESGESETZBLATT I 136/2013), RIS [Rechtsinformationssystem, The Legal Information System of the Republic of Austria]). The reform improves the rights of children born out of wedlock to acquire […]

Netherlands: Children

(June 20, 2013) According to a recent report issued by the Children’s Ombudsman of the Netherlands, Marc Dullaert, the Netherlands is in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child because of its restrictive policy on family reunions. The report noted as evidence of the Dutch “get-tough” approach that in 2008, […]

Rwanda: Proposal to Amend Refugee Law

(June 12, 2013) The Government of Rwanda recently proposed legislation aimed at amending the country’s refugee law, Law No. 34/2001 of July 5, 2001 [in French] (REFWORLD) and its amendment, Law No. 29/2006 of July 20, 2006, (REFWORLD). (James Karuhanga, Government Reviews Refugee Law, THE NEW TIMES (June 10, 2013).) If adopted, the legislation will […]

European Union: Draft Agreement Allows Police Access to Fingerprints of Asylum Seekers

(May 8, 2013) On April 24, 2013, Members of the European Parliament (EP) and the Council of Europe reached a provisional agreement to allow national police authorities and Europol officers access to the fingerprints of individuals over the age of 14 who are caught illegally crossing the borders of the European Union seeking asylum. (European […]

Brazil; Mexico: Agreement to Skip Visas

(May 3, 2013) Brazil and Mexico recently signed a new agreement to mutually end the use of visas. The agreement enters into force on May 16, 2013. Pursuant to the agreement, Brazilians and Mexicans no longer need to apply for visas to enter the other country for visits lasting less than 90 days, for the […]

Brazil: No More Visa Cap for Haitian Citizens

(May 3, 2013) On April 29, 2013, the Brazilian National Council of Immigration (Conselho Nacional de Imigração—CNIg), published Normative Resolution No. 102 (Resolução Normativa No. 102, de 26 de Abril de 2013, CNIg website), which revoked the cap of 1,200 annual visas made available for Haitian citizens. The cap was established by the government in […]

Turkey: New Law on Foreigners and International Protection

(Apr. 18, 2013) On April 10, 2013, Turkey’s President, Abdullah Gul, approved the Law on Foreigners and International Protection, to establish a legal framework for migration and asylum. (Turkish President Approves Law on Rights of Foreigners, TURKISH PRESS.COM (Apr. 10, 2013); Yabancilarve Uluslararasi Koruma Kanunu [Law on Foreigners and International Protection], RESMI GAZETE (Apr. 4, […]

Brazil: Naturalization Annulment Requires a Judicial Procedure

(Feb. 20, 2013) On February 7, 2013, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court decided that an alien’s naturalization as a Brazilian citizen can only be annulled through a judicial procedure and not through an administrative act. The decision was made on an appeal filed by a naturalized Brazilian citizen who was contesting the annulment of his […]

Denmark: Proposed Law to Give Relief to Alien Victims of Domestic Violence

(Feb. 12, 2013) <?Denmark’s Ministry of Justice has recently proposed an amendment to the Danish Aliens Act that would allow foreigners in Denmark who are victims of domestic abuse and who leave the abusive relationship not to be automatically deported. Under the current law, such persons, granted residency on the basis of their relationship with […]

Sweden: Migration Board Proposes Plan to Attract Foreign Students

(Dec. 3, 2012) The Swedish Migration Board has issued a report recommending a new visa plan designed to attract foreign students to universities in the country. It would give students from outside the European Union the possibility of finding work and acquiring a residency permit in <?Sweden once they graduate. Since the imposition of tuition […]