Immigration

Regional News • Europe • Spain
Spain creates a camp for 6,000 immigrants in the Canary Islands
Spain creates a camp for 6,000 immigrants in the Canary Islands
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The Spanish Ministry of Migration announces the plan to urgently create refugee camps with 6,000 places on Gran Canaria, Tenerife, and Fuerteventura to accommodate the immigrants who are now spread over 17 tourist complexes.

Minister José Luis Escrivá's plan includes using Gran Canaria as a place where refugees will arrive in the style of Lesbos or Lampedusa. New arrivals are won't be transferred to the mainland but await deportation in a center set up for this purpose.

Regional News • Europe
Swedish Government agrees to supplementary provisions on British Citizen's rights after Brexit
Swedish Government agrees to supplementary provisions on British Citizen's rights after Brexit
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As reported yesterday, today the Swedish Government ('Riksdag') debated and voted on bill 2020/21: SfU5 that was put forward by The Social Insurance Committee.

Confirming the decision, the Swedish Migration Agency ('Migrationsverket') detail that it will be called 'residence status', and will be available to obtain between 01 December 2020 and 30 September 2021.

The new residence status will be treated as any other residence permit, expiring after 5 years, where residents will be able to apply to renew it, or if they meet requirements, apply for permanent residence.

When applying, the agency suggest making the application online where it is easiest as the system will ask all questions required to ensure you get the application correct first time.

The Swedish Migration Agency will detail more information regarding the new status on their website in due course.

Regional News • Europe
Swedish Government to vote on supplementary provisions to UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement
Swedish Government to vote on supplementary provisions to UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement
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Today, 10 November 2020, the Swedish Government 'Riksdag' will onboard their supplementary provisions to the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement that was initiated when the United Kingdom left the European Union.

The main supplementary provision is a new visa for British Expats who are legally residing in Sweden by the last day of the transition period. British people (who don't already have residence status) would be able to apply to the Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) for the new visa for a period of 10 months from 01 December 2020.

Once granted, the visa will enable the holder to continue to travel freely within the EU without visas.

The Riksdag are poised to confirm and accept the provisions in their vote tomorrow (11/11/20) on the recommendation from The Social Insurance Committee.

Regional News • Europe • Austria
Over 8,800 descendants of NS victims show interest in Austrian passport
Over 8,800 descendants of NS victims show interest in Austrian passport
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Since September 1, descendants of victims of the Nazi regime with foreign citizenship have been able to obtain Austrian citizenship by means of a so-called notification. As of Thursday, Austrian representations abroad have already received almost 8,800 inquiries via the online questionnaire provided for this purpose, as the Foreign Ministry informed the Austrian Press Agency upon request.

Regional News • Europe • European Union
EU Commission presents plans for EU asylum system reform
EU Commission presents plans for EU asylum system reform
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The European Commission has presented plans for faster asylum procedures at the external borders, more deportations and the appointment of a "repatriation coordinator".

In case of high refugee numbers, all member states are to be obliged to show "solidarity" with the countries of arrival - be it through the reception of refugees or through assistance with deportations. At the same time, the Commission is planning more legal possibilities for immigration.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Mexico Demands U.S. Investigation into Alleged Forced Sterilizations at ICE Jail

At least six Mexican woman may have had unwanted hysterectomies at the Irwin County Detention Center. Mexico’s government is demanding U.S. authorities to investigate allegations.

Regional News • Americas
Canadian court rules that United States aren't a "Safe Third Country" anymore
A border marker at the US-Canada border at the Northwest Angle of Minnesota / Manitoba
A border marker at the US-Canada border at the Northwest Angle of Minnesota / Manitoba Credit: Tony Webster (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) has been ruled invalid by a federal court in Canada. Under the agreement asylum seekers trying to cross the Canada-U.S. border are sent back to the respective country to apply in the first country they have arrived in for asylum.

Canadian federal court judge Ann Marie McDonald has now ruled that the United States do not qualify as "safe" anymore but has suspended her ruling for six months to give the legislative branch of the government time to respond. In her ruling, she points out that the agreement violates parts of Canada’s Charter of Rights which state that principles of fundamental justice need to be conformed to regarding laws and state actions that influence life, liberty and security.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Stuttgart is discussing a structured survey of the migration background
Stuttgart is discussing a structured survey of the migration background
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The criminologist Tobias Singelnstein criticizes the collection of the "family tree" among the identified perpetrators of the riots in Stuttgart. In juvenile criminal law - which will probably be used these cases - due to the educational concept, it is necessary to find out about family backgrounds, but the immigration background demonstrably does not say anything about the crime.

He is facing headwind from CDU politicians who justify this investigative approach by the fact that it could initiate preventive measures.

Education • University Education
Universities filed a lawsuit against Trump administration over directive stripping foreign students of their F-1 visas
Universities filed a lawsuit against Trump administration over directive stripping foreign students of their F-1 visas
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In a move that was considered to pressure universities to reopen, the Trump administration announced a directive on Monday that would force international students to return to their home countries if all of their classes and coursework were taken remotely.

"It appears that it was designed purposefully to place pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person instruction this fall, without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors, and others," so Lawrence S. Bacow, President of Harvard University.

In response to the directive, Harvard and M.I.T have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, seeking "a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief preventing Defendants from enforcing the policy announced in ICE’s July 6 Directive, or promulgating it as a Final Rule" and "a declaration that the policy announced in the July 6 Directive is unlawful."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump temporarily suspends work visas
Donald J. Trump during a roundtable discussion in the State Dining Room of the White House, June 8, 2020
Donald J. Trump during a roundtable discussion in the State Dining Room of the White House, June 8, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

On Monday, Donald Trump signed an executive order to temporarily suspend new nonimmigrant work visas through 2020, barring foreigners to seek employment in the United States. The order freezes many different work visas, including H1-B (foreign workers in special occupations), H-2B (seasonal nonagricultural workers), J-1 (scholars and professors participating in cultural exchange programs) and L-1 (used to transfer existing employees to offices in the US).

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump plans on suspending work visas through an executive order
President Trump
President Trump Credit: The White House (Public Domain)

Officials have announced that the US President Donald Trump is about to sign an executive order that will suspend the issuance of H-1B visas, H-2B visas, H-4 visas, L-1 visas and certain J-1 visas through 2020. Affected groups are skilled workers working in fields such as the technology sector, seasonal workers and spouses of H-1B visa holders. According to an official, the measures would affect half a million jobs.

Regional News • Europe
Prime minister Johnson urges EU workers to come back to the UK
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, September 2019
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, September 2019 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

The prime minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has urged EU workers to come to the United Kingdom once the retail sector will re-open. This comes after Johnson campaigned before the Brexit referendum vote to reduce the number of as he phrased it "low-skilled workers" in the country. Him now saying "but we want you back" marks a change in policy.

Regional News • Asia
Boris Johnson announces that Hong Kongers will be able the become citizens of the UK
Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson Credit: Pippa Fowles / no 10 Downing Street.

The British Prime Minister has announced that the new security law imposed by China on Hong Kong "would curtail freedoms and dramatically erode its autonomy" and that the United Kingdom, in case that the law passes, will make "one of the biggest changes in our visa system in British history" in order to enable holders of the British National (Overseas) passports longer stays without a visa and easier access on the path to citizenship.

Regional News • Europe
Portugal government announces to treat migrants as residents during Covid-19 pandemic

In order to allow migrants and asylum seekers, that are currently living in Portugal, access to the public services of the country during the coronavirus pandemic, the government has announced to treat them as residents. Being treated as such they can use social security services such as healthcare or welfare, but also open bank accounts, close rental contracts and work. The only requirement is an ongoing request for residency.