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Sri Lanka: Plan in Place to Revise Immigration Law

(Sept. 11, 2012) The Government of Sri Lanka is planning to revise the country’s 2006 immigration law, with the goal of curtailing illegal smuggling of migrants. A draft law has been prepared based on the recommendations of a committee made up of members from the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the office of the Attorney General. […]

Israel: Jerusalem District Court Decision on Repatriation of South Sudanese

(June 26, 2012) On June 7, 2012, the Jerusalem District Court, sitting as a Court for Administrative Matters, rejected a petition to void a decision of the Minister of Interior, thus upholding the policy to end recognition of “collective protection” from repatriation for all South Sudanese in Israel to any place in South Sudan. The […]

Bangladesh; United Nations: Bangladesh Urged to Accept Refugees from Burma

(June 15, 2012) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the Bangladeshi government to accept Burmese refugees fleeing sectarian conflict in the Burmese state of Rakhine. (Dhaka Won't Accept Myanmar Refugees, THE DAILY STAR (June 12, 2012); for background information, see 2012 UNHCR Country Operations Profile – Bangladesh, UNHCR website (last visited […]

Netherlands: Proposal on Making Biometric Data Mandatory for Residency Permit Applications

(Mar. 16, 2012) The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use biometric technology “to control applications for family migration and residence permits for work or study” in […]

European Court of Human Rights; Italy: Sanctions Result in Review of Immigration Policy

(Mar. 5, 2012) On February 23, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sanctioned Italy for its policy of sending to Libya African migrants who have approached Italy by sea. The ECHR found the migrants to be at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment as a result of being turned away from […]

Canada: Proposed New Immigration Act

(Mar. 1, 2012) On February 16, 2012, Canada’s Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister, Jason Kenney, introduced a new draft law designed to protect the integrity of the country’s immigration system and enhance changes to the asylum system made in 2010. (Press Release, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Harper Government Introduces the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act […]

Hong Kong: Dispute over Policy on Influx of Mothers from China Giving Birth in Hong Kong

(Feb. 16, 2012) Leaders in Hong Kong have disagreed recently on how to handle the problem of expectant women from mainland China entering the city in an attempt to have their children born there, in order to qualify for the right of abode. Some lawmakers have suggested that the Basic Law, the constitution-like statute under […]

France: Charter Listing the Rights and Duties of the Citizen

(Nov. 18, 2011) On November 15, 2011, France's Haut conseil à l'intégration (High Council for Integration) presented to the Minister of the Interior a draft of a charter listing the rights and duties of the French citizen. Foreign nationals applying for naturalization will be required to sign the document (Cécilia Gabison, Les obligations nouvelles pour […]

Brazil: National Borders Plan

(Oct. 7, 2011) On October 3, 2011, Brazil's Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo, was quoted as saying that the National Borders Plan currently being discussed by the government anticipates a duplication in the number of federal agents of the Federal Police, Federal Highway Police, and the National Public Security Force working in the country's […]

Iceland: Proposal to Change Funding for Asylum Programs

(Aug. 29, 2011) Iceland's Minister of the Interior, Ögmundur Jónasson, recently proposed changing the way funding is allocated to support facilities for persons seeking asylum in the country. He argued that the current system, in which such funding is part of the budget of the Directorate of Immigration, is problematic. As the number of asylum […]