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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 […]

Sudan: Citizenship Changed for Residents from the South

(July 20, 2011) On July 13, 2011, the Parliament of Sudan passed a law that ends Sudanese citizenship for residents of the newly independent state of South Sudan. Although the legislation had yet to have its third reading, Member of Parliament Ismail al-Haj Musa stated that all “southerners are going to lose their Sudanese nationality […]

Denmark: Media Report Prompts Review of Asylum Procedures

(July 18, 2011) A July 10, 2011, news story led the Ministry of Refugee, Immigration, and Integration Affairs of Denmark to review the implementation of its procedures for interviewing those seeking asylum. AVISEN.DK published a series of articles that other newspapers in the country repeated, claiming that the government was using information obtained illegally by […]

Georgia: Court Verdicts on Border-Crossing Offenses Vary Depending on Nationality of the Accused

(July 11, 2011) Russia continues to expand its ties with the secessionist Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are promoted as vacation destinations for Russian summer travelers. (See news reports and travel information [in Russian], Abkhazian Embassy in Russia website (last visited July 8, 2011).) However, the border crossing into these territories from […]

Israel: Revocation of Citizenship Following Conviction for Serious Security Offenses

(Apr. 1, 2011) On March 28, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Nationality Law, 5712-1952. The amendment authorizes a court, at the request of the Minister of Interior, with the written approval of the Attorney General, and in addition to any other penalty, to revoke the Israeli citizenship of a person […]

ASEAN: Single Visa Program Considered

(Mar. 22, 2011) The ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), based in Jakarta, Indonesia, recently issued a five-year strategic plan for tourism in the region. A key point was the possible creation of a single tourist visa for the entire area. According to Eddy Krisneidi of ASEAN's Secretariat, “[y]ou would just have to apply […]

Denmark: Righting of Mistakes in Denial of Citizenship to Eligible Stateless Persons

(Feb. 24, 2011) It was reported on February 15, 2011, that more than 400 young stateless persons in Denmark had been unaware of their right to Danish citizenship under two United Nations Conventions, the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. There has […]

South Korea: Proposed Passport Regulation May Affect Missionaries’ “Aggressive” Activities Abroad

(Feb. 24, 2011) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in South Korea plans to revise the passport enforcement decree, it was reported on February 15, 2011. The Passport Act states that MFAT may impose restrictions on the issuance or reissuance of a passport for one to three years, if an embassy or consulate […]

Italy: State of Emergency over Tunisian Refugees

(Feb. 22, 2011) Italy has declared a state of emergency following the arrival, within five days, of 5,000 refugees from Tunisia on the small Italian island of Lampedusa, which is just 60 miles from Tunisia in the Mediterranean Sea. A center for receiving migrants has been re-opened on the island, but it is already overcrowded. […]