News Round Up In-Brief
- Tens of thousands of migrant workers, mainly Egyptians, continue to flee Libya’s turmoil. In excess of 140,000 people have fled for neighboring Egypt and Tunisia.
- The film “Strangers No More,” which features a south Tel Aviv school attended by children whose families hail from 48 different countries, won the Academy Award for best short documentary on Sunday. Despite the attention, 120 children and their families face deportation from Israel in the coming week. In the coming days, AccessDenied will discuss this case in more depth.
- Up to 50 migrants have been hospitalized almost five weeks after going on hunger strike in Greece.
- The Philippine government announced last week that it was suspending the processing of labor applications for its citizens to work in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen as unrest continues to sweep the Middle East. Anthropologist Andrew M. Gardner is cited in the article. His recent book, City of Strangers, offers a glimpse into the fragile social contract of low income migrant workers in Gulf nations.
- Sweden has seemed immune to the kind of anti-immigrant sentiment blossoming elsewhere in Europe. Nearly a quarter of the population is now foreign born or has a foreign-born parent. But increasingly, Swedes are questioning liberal policies and anti-immigration parties are on the rise.
- In and around Brownsville, Texas, farm and pastureland — even some homes — end up on the ‘Mexican’ side of the Homeland Security Department’s border barrier.
- Workers and residents in a seaside town in Florida have banded together and brought order to the streets and to immigrant families.
- An anti-gang dragnet has led to the arrest of gang members and their associates, most of them immigrants, in 168 cities, federal officials announced yesterday.