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Israel: Representation of Haredi and New Immigrants in Public Service and on Boards of Directors of Government Companies

(Dec. 21, 2016) On December 12, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Law for Proper Representation of Members of the Haredi Population and of New Immigrants in Public Service (Amendments), 5777-2016.  (Proper Representation Law, Knesset website (scroll down to issue no. 634) (in Hebrew).) The Proper Representation Law amends the State Service (Appointments) Law, […]

Israel: Naturalization Procedures for Gay and Non-Gay Partners to Be Harmonized

(Dec. 9, 2016) On December 8, 2016, Israel’s Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, announced that the government would make the procedures for naturalization of gay partners of Israeli nationals the same as those for non-gay partners.  Mandelblit’s announcement was made in response to a petition filed with the High Court of Justice by the Israeli Gay […]

Australia: Parliament Passes 15% “Backpacker Tax” Rate

(Dec. 7, 2016) On December 1, 2016, on the last parliamentary sitting day of the year, the Australian Parliament voted to pass a bill establishing a 15% income tax rate for temporary foreign workers known as “working holiday makers” (WHMs, or “backpackers”) commonly referred to as the “backpacker tax.” The tax rate to be applied to […]

Mexico/El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras: Memorandum of Understanding on Labor Pilot Program

(Nov. 30, 2016) In October 2016, labor authorities from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras signed a memorandum of understanding providing for a labor pilot program whereby nationals of the Central American signatory countries may temporarily migrate to Mexico  to work in certain industries.  (Press Release, Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare, Suscribe México Acuerdo […]

Hungary: Parliament Rejects Legislation Blocking Refugee Settlement

(Nov. 16, 2016) The National Assembly of Hungary voted on November 8, 2016, to reject a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at blocking the settlement of new refugees in the country.  The amendment reportedly read, “[f]oreign populations cannot be settled in Hungary,” and “[i]ndividual foreigners (not including EU nationals) can only live in Hungary with the […]

European Union/Georgia: Negotiations on Visa-Free Travel

(Nov. 11, 2016) The European Parliament, in the final stages of the integration process of Georgia into the European Union, called on the Council of the EU to start negotiations on a visa waiver for Georgia “without any further delay.” (Press Release, European Parliament, EP Urges Council to Open Talks on a Visa Waiver for […]

Denmark: Admission of Quota Refugees Stopped, Additional Measures Taken to Limit Asylum Seekers

(Nov. 10, 2016) On August 30, 2016, the Danish Government announced a temporary halt of its acceptance of quota refugees. Although Denmark has continuously received quota refugees since 1972, this move comes as one of many recent measures intended to stem the number of immigrants into Denmark. Denmark has typically received approximately 500 quota refugees […]

Tajikistan: Amendment to Law on Nationality Considered

(Nov. 8, 2016) The lower house of Tajikistan’s bicameral legislature approved a provision that would ban those who hold dual citizenship from working for the national security services, with the goal of preventing leaks of classified data. The proposal was introduced on November 2, 2016, by the first Deputy of the State Committee for National […]

Egypt: Parliament Passes Anti-illegal Migration Law

(Nov. 4, 2016) On October 17, 2016, the Egyptian People’s Assembly passed an anti-human trafficking law and sent it to Egypt’s President for his signature. The law passed by a huge majority of 402 votes. Once the law is signed by the President, it will be published in the official gazette. (Egypt Parliament Passes Bill […]

Netherlands: Safe Countries of Origin List Expanded

(Oct. 27, 2016) The Dutch Minister for Migration, Klaas Dijkhoff, has expanded the list of countries deemed by the Netherlands to be “safe countries of origin,” to include Algeria, Georgia, the Ukraine and Tunisia, according to an October 11, 2016 announcement. (Minister for Migration Further Expands List of Safe Countries, Ministry of Security and Justice […]