News Round Up In-Brief
The Migration Policy Institute has compiled a list of the Top 10 Migration Issues of 2010. Which topics made your list?
News from the US:
- Immigrant advocate groups have mobilized across the country in a last-ditch effort to persuade Congress to pass the Dream Act. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called on Congress last Thursday to pass the bill. Listen in as the pros and cons of the Dream Act are discussed on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show.
- Fair trade is finally coming to the tomato fields of Florida, where a campaign organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has won a remarkable victory in a 15-year struggle for better pay and working conditions. The agreement guarantees a modest penny more per pound of tomatoes picked.
- A database of skeletal characteristics is being expanded in order to aid in identifying the remains of border crossers in Arizona. This article features forensic anthropologist Kate Spradley’s work. Another piece describes how facial reconstruction techniques can help authorities identify homicide victims who are unauthorized immigrants.
- In Greece, a wave of violent attacks against immigrants by suspected right-wing extremists has communities and the police on alert. Immigrants have been beaten and stabbed, and several makeshift mosques have been burned and vandalized.
- Police in Kenya have carried out mass arrests in Nairobi’s Eastleigh suburb – an area mostly populated by Somali migrants.
- A human rights group said on Monday that they had found more than 800 migrants being held in “inhumane” conditions in detention centers in Greece, among them 120 minors, including nine girls, who are locked up in one overcrowded facility containing 450 people.
- Ecuador has started program, Welcome Home, that offers an array of incentives to lure immigrants back to their home country by offering money to start businesses, one-way airplane tickets and a waiver on fees.
- Voters in Switzerland have approved a referendum that calls for the automatic deportation of foreigners convicted of serious crimes.
- An immigrant from Mali has died after French police shot him twice with a Taser gun following a dispute in a Paris apartment block during which he was asked to show identity papers.
Categories: News Round Up In-Brief