Immigration policies

President Obama’s plan to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation may be in legal limbo, but that’s not stopping advocates for the undocumented, who are planning a new wave of events celebrating the initiative’s one-year anniversary.

Somewhere right now, in a refugee camp in Amman or a rental apartment in Beirut or on a street in Istanbul, sits a Syrian hoping to be among the 25,000 people resettled to Canada, possibly by the end of the year. United Nations staff working with the Canadian government to figure out who will be on the planes or ships dispatched to the region in the coming weeks say they are trying to keep expectations realistic.

Britain yesterday began the process of deporting migrants camped at a British military base in Cyprus, triggering the threat of a mass hunger strike. Members of the group, which crossed the Mediterranean from Lebanon on two small boats almost three weeks ago, were warned in a letter that they would be returned to Beirut because they had chosen not to claim asylum in Cyprus.

Britain is to spend almost half a billion pounds to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean. Ministers will announce £275 million of funding today to help Turkish officials deal with hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees over the next two years, as a two-day global summit on the crisis closes in Malta. At a working dinner in Valletta last night, David Cameron also pledged to use £200 million of British aid money to help African countries tackle migration.

David Cameron is to insist that EU migrants working in Britain are banned from claiming in-work benefits for four years as part of the UK’s new relationship with Brussels. The prime minister said he still wanted the controversial reform to be part of Britain’s new relationship with the EU, despite major difficulties in securing the move.

Le ministre de l’intérieur suédois, Anders Ygeman, a annoncé, mercredi 11 novembre, que la Suède allait instaurer, dès jeudi, des contrôles à ses frontières pour une durée de dix jours. M. Ygeman, lors d’une conférence de presse, a expliqué cette décision par la forte arrivée de migrants dans son pays : « Il y a un nombre record de réfugiés qui arrivent en Suède. L’Office des migrations est sous forte pression […] et la police estime qu’il existe une menace contre l’ordre public. »

Ce devait être un moment politique fort, de discussions entre responsables africains et européens pour trouver des solutions concrètes afin de limiter le flux de migrants vers l’Europe. Le sommet de La Valette, mercredi 11 et jeudi 12 novembre, risque toutefois d’être éclipsé par le conseil informel des chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement de l’Union européenne (UE), programmé dans la foulée, jeudi après-midi. Et notamment par la Turquie, qui sera au cœur de ce rendez-vous.


The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) is today releasing an important and timely report offering vital information on US immigrants who are potentially eligible to naturalize.

Sweden will impose temporary border controls from Thursday in response to a record influx of refugees, a turnaround for a country known for its open-door policies that also threw down the gauntlet to other EU nations hit by a migration crisis. The decision by a Nordic state that touts itself as a “humanitarian superpower” underscored how the flow of refugees into the European Union is straining its prized system of open internal borders close to breaking point.

Le gouvernement libéral s’apprête à finaliser son plan de match pour accueillir 25 000 réfugiés syriens d’ici la fin de l’année. Le ministre de l’Immigration fera ses recommandations au Conseil des ministres jeudi, lequel pourrait alors trancher à l’issue de cette rencontre. Mais déjà, les fonctionnaires dépêchés au Moyen-Orient ont reçu près de 10 000 demandes d’asile, a révélé John McCallum.


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