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Ecuador: National Assembly Approves Amendment to Law on Human Mobility

(Mar. 26, 2021) On February 5, 2021, Ecuador’s National Assembly approved reforms to the Organic Law of Human Mobility. Among other measures, the changes provide new grounds for the inadmissibility and deportation of foreign citizens. The amendments allow deportation of aliens through administrative procedure. Ecuador’s new rules prohibit admission of foreign nationals who use false […]

Mexico: Migration Law Amendment Requires Placing Undocumented Children in Shelters, Not Detention Centers

(Feb. 26, 2021) On January 11, 2021, Mexico enacted an amendment to its Migration Law requiring that undocumented migrant minors be placed in shelters instead of immigration detention centers (as was the previous practice) while their legal status is determined by Mexican immigration authorities. Accordingly, Mexico’s Migration Law now provides that immigration authorities must refer […]

European Union: Court of Justice Rules against Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary for Noncompliance with Migrant Relocation Obligations

(June 5, 2020) On April 2, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) in Luxembourg issued a judgment in Joined Cases C-715/17, C-718/17 and C-719/17, European Commission v. Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, finding these three countries in noncompliance with the temporary mechanism for the relocation of applicants for international protection […]

European Union: Revised Regulation Strengthens European Border and Coast Guard Agency

(Jan. 6, 2020) On December 4, 2019, a regulation amending the mandate of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Agency) entered into force (Revised Regulation). A European Union (EU) regulation has general application. It is binding in its entirety and directly applicable in the member states. (Consolidated Version of the Treaty on the Functioning […]

Germany: New Immigration Acts to Attract and Retain Skilled Workers Published

(Oct. 28, 2019) On August 20, 2019, the Skilled Workers’ Immigration Act and the Act on Temporary Suspension of Deportation for Training and Employment were published in the German Federal Law Gazette. The objective of the Skilled Workers’ Immigration Act is to “create a legislative framework for selective and increased immigration of skilled workers from […]

International: International Law Commission Adopts ‘Sea-Level Rise in Relation to International Law’ as Topic for Long-Term Work Program

(Oct. 2, 2019) In the summer of 2019, the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC) adopted the topic of “Sea-Level Rise in Relation to International Law” for its program of work. The ILC noted that the real and potential legal implications of sea-level rise are numerous: What happens to existing low-lying coastal areas and islands […]

Turkey: Istanbul Governorate to Enforce Movement Restrictions on Syrians Under Temporary Protection

(Aug. 14, 2019) On July 22, 2019, the Governorate of Istanbul issued a press release titled “Combating Irregular Migration” in Turkish and Arabic. The press release was directed at Syrians under temporary protection currently residing in Istanbul but who were assigned to provinces other than Istanbul when they were granted temporary protection status. The press […]

Mexico, United States: Agreement on Migration Concluded

(June 17, 2019) On June 7, 2019, the governments of the United States and Mexico announced they had reached an agreement to take measures to address the “dramatic increase in migrants moving from Central America through Mexico to the United States” in recent months. (Press Release, US Department of State, U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration (June 7, […]

Central American Northern Triangle Authorities, Mexico, and UN Economic Commission Meet to Implement Global Compact for Migration

(Feb. 6, 2019) A Mexican government press release of January 15, 2019, reports that delegations from the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, and representatives of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (ECLAC, or CEPAL), met at the headquarters of […]

Qatar: Amir Ratifies Country’s First Asylum Law

(Nov. 8, 2018) On September 4, 2018, the amir of Qatar ratified Law No. 11 of 2018 Regulating Political Asylum. (His Highness Issues Law Regulating Political Asylum, AL-SHARQ (Sept. 4, 2018); Law No. 11 of 2018 Regulating Political Asylum, AL-JARIDAH AL-RASMIYAH [OFFICIAL GAZETTE], vol. 15, 12 Oct. 2018, pp. 9–16, Ministry of Justice’s Al-Meezan legal […]