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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 […]

Moldova: Ban on Use of Communist Symbols

(Nov. 28, 2012) On July 12, 2012, the Moldovan Parliament adopted legislation banning the use of communist symbols. The law came into effect on October 1, 2012. (Communist Symbols Entirely Banned in Moldova [in Russian], VITEBSKII KURIER (Oct. 2, 2012); Law No. 192 of July 12, 2012, 646: 190-192 MONITORUL OFICIAL [official gazette, in Moldovan], […]

United Nations: New International Guidelines on Detention of Asylum-Seekers

(Sept. 27, 2012) On September 21, 2012, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued new international guidelines on the detention of persons seeking asylum, a practice the UNHCR opposes in principle. Issuance of the Detention Guidelines, which supersede those issued by the UNHCR in 1999, is related in particular to […]

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 […]