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Immigration is the international movement of people into a destination country of which they are not natives or where they do not possess citizenship

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US Pre-1987 Visa Issue Data?

I can see a count of nonimmigrant visas issued by classification on the Dept. of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website going back as far as 1987, but the H-1 visa was established in 1952. Does ...
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When was the last time the Canada–US border closed to visitors?

Multiple sources have reported that Canada and the United States have announced that the Canada–United States border is about to close to non-essential travel in an effort to reduce the spread of ...
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Are de facto Schengen countries exempt from the Covid-19 US travel ban?

President Trump's presidential proclamation specifically defines the countries affected by the ban as the 26 signatories to the Schengen Treaty: For purposes of this proclamation, the Schengen Area ...
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Why are non-Schengen countries excluded from the Covid-19 US travel ban?

The US government suspended travel from Europe to US, except for countries which are not in the Schengen area such as the UK and Ireland. Many comments from EU leader seem to assume that this is a ...
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What has the reaction from the EU been to Trump suspending travel from the whole 26-country Schengen zone?

Breaking news US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping new travel restrictions on Europe in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In a televised address, he said travel from ...
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Is the British Immigration health surcharge unique in the world?

People moving to the UK for longer than six months are required to pay an Immigration health surcharge. I.e., they pay a tax when they request a Visa to be allowed to use the National Health Service (...
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Which Democratic Presidential candidates favor making illegal entry only a civil violation?

Under Federal law, illegal entry into the United States is both a criminal violation and a civil violation. But historically, most people caught crossing the border illegally were not criminally ...
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Do minimum wage laws in Europe prevent or induce immigration?

Do minimum wages (whether through minimum wage laws or because trade unions control access to low paying jobs) prevent or cause immigration in Europe? On one hand high minimum wages are attractive for ...
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Is there a more recent estimate on the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia?

According to Wikipedia As of September 2016, the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia is estimated to be 500,000 and consists mainly of temporary foreign workers. According to the United Nations High ...
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Is intra-EU movement/migration of EU/EUAA citizens a sizeable contributor to illegal work?

French president Macron has recently caused controversy with his contrast of extra-EU legal immigration and intra-EU illegal movements of EU/EUAA people: Last week, the right-wing French magazine ...
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Is there a longitudinal survey of US public attitudes toward the perceived “dual loyalty” of immigrants?

A 2003 survey on a US nationally representative sample found that 71.3% of respondents agreed that “It’s OK for immigrants to be loyal to both their home country and the U.S.” [statement that] was ...
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Did Palestinians have an opportunity to assimilate into Kuwait society and culture before the Gulf War of 1990 to 1991?

Approximately 400,000 Palestinians lived in Kuwait before the Gulf War of 1990-1991. Did they have an opportunity to assimilate into Kuwait society and culture? That's simply a "yes" or "no" question,...
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Could the EU call bluff Turkish threat to send 3.6 milion refugees?

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Europe with a flood of refugees on Thursday if the continent’s leaders call the Turkish invasion of Syria an “occupation.” “We will open the ...
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Policing would-be immigrants away from rich countries borders: US vs EU

Apparently the EU has been increasingly conditioning funding of various programs in Africa on African countries stopping would-be immigrants to Europe far away from the actual EU borders. I've also ...
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How much will “new-policy detention” facilities for detained families cost?

As I understand it, the newly announced policy for detention of alien families, is intended to provide a place for these families to stay while awaiting adjudication of their immigration status. What ...
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What is the actual process in a US deportation to Mexico?

This question is a follow-up from a previous question Self-deportation of American Citizens from US, and the purpose of my question is not to discuss the particulars of the Galicia event, but to ask ...
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Book recommendation for connection between immigration and crime [closed]

I'd like to know a little bit more about the reasons behind the migration flows to Europe, especially in recent years, and the (eventual) connections with (organized) crime, especially in Southern ...
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How are Canada and the USA similar and different with regards to immigration?

While reading the NY Post this morning I found this short opinion piece. It states: While “a politically divisive debate continues to rage” in the United States over a Census question on ...
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Why haven't Latin American countries condemned the U.S. for its migrant detention centers?

Why won't Latin American countries condemn the U.S. for its migrant detention centers? According to Wikipedia, the detention centers in the U.S. for so-called illegals and asylum seekers are ...
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Seeking political asylum in a country after being refused in another

What's the case of someone who sought asylum in a European country and got rejected, then moved to another European country and applied again. Based Dublin Regulation the person will have their ...
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How does the opposition to quotas for refugees policies from certain EU countries coexist with the EU “free movement of people inside EU” policies?

As far as I know, the European Union is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The EU has developed an internal single market through a ...
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Special unofficial nationwide vote/poll in 1994 in the United States of America

In 1994 (+/- 1 year) in the United States of America the was some special public vote. The vote itself was related to some agreement made by a smaller group of politicians. I believe it began as ...
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What accounts for the low level of immigration from India to China?

In the 2010 census, China counted its foreign nationals: Of the foreign nationals, 120,750 were from the Republic of Korea, 71,493 were from the United States, 66,159 were from Japan, 39,776 were ...
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Is it common in the West for immigration judges to be subordinated to the attorney general (equivalent)?

It's been claimed that The U.S. immigration court system suffers from profound structural problems that have severely eroded both its capacity to deliver just and fair decisions in a timely manner ...
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Were most of the Salvadorans granted TPS in 1990 staying legally or illegally in the US before that?

Salvadorans are currently the largest group of TPS holders in the United States, although the Trump administration has decided to no longer extend their status, a decision that resulted in a court ...
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Are there any polls on the new Swiss immigration referendum question?

Apparently after the "betrayal" of the first Swiss immigration-limiting referendum (of Feb 2014) by their parliament, which passed a substantially watered down law (in 2016), there's now going to be ...
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Does the new EU-Swiss draft deal contain explicit provisions on immigration quotas?

An article in Thelocal.ch says that negotiations on the new draft EU-Swiss deal were spurred by the 2014-2017 Swiss imposition of immigration quotas. (The dates refer to the decision(s), not to the ...
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Failing to enforce immigration laws?

US Senator Rick Scott (R-Fl) this morning said that "we are not enforcing immigration laws". (for context, the discussion centered around the southwest border). I've tried to find examples of this ...
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Why was there a sudden arrival of a million immigrants in Hungary in 2015?

I listened this morning to an interview with Michael Ignatieff. He was mostly talking about the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. At some point (14:55 in the podcast (in French)), while he was ...
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Is immigrating to capitalist west countries inconsistent with leftist ideas? [closed]

There are lots of countries that are going through economic hardship or tyrants are ruling them and this kinds of devastating problems. I have seen lots of people who call themselves leftist while ...
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Why are so few immigrants being processed at the southern border?

News reports say that Trump administration is limiting the number of asylum seeking immigrants to 20 per day in a process called metering. What I don't understand is why this is such a low number, ...
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How could the European immigration politics be affected by Brexit?

The European migrant crisis has been playing a big part in European politics since 2015. Since Brexit was voted people have discussed the reasons that could be behind it, one of them being the wish to ...
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Is there a benefit to limiting immigration to the UK? [closed]

One of main reasons people voted for Brexit was to restrict immigration. Is there actually a benefit to limiting immigration to the UK? Are there any studies available on this topic?
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Is immigration connected to Brexit? [closed]

Brexit is a highly topical supject and I have a question. Is immigration connected to Brexit? In what way?
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Are Americans allowed to use deadly force against illegal immigrants? [closed]

If Trump officially declares a national state of emergency, stating that people coming across the border illegally is a threat to our national security, are Americans allowed to use deadly force ...
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Would it be possible for US asylum applicants to be processed in their home countries?

As I understand it, applicants for USA asylum are required to initially processed either in the US or at a US port-of-entry. (Persons seeking refugee status are processed differently- the focus of my ...
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Did EU policy have a significant impact on total number of immigrants in the UK?

One of the most important issues in the Brexit debate is immigration / refugees. It seems the argument is, that the EU has increased the total number of immigrants to the UK greatly. However, the UK ...
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Is there any better estimate of the cost of a completed US-Mexico border wall?

First, I realize that this question was asked back in Jan 2017, but it was difficult to obtain useful data because the details of construction were not available. This question arises as a spin-off ...
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What makes the Global Compact for Migration so controversial?

According to recent news: The UN General Assembly endorsed a sweeping accord to ensure safe and orderly migration on Wednesday, overriding opposition from five countries, including the United ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of extending full voting rights to resident non-citizens?

First up, apologies for asking an open-ended, pro & con, question but I don't know how else to frame it. I have noticed that modern democracies differ largely with regards to what voting rights ...
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Why are governments moving away from true visa-free access to pre-authorization systems like the ESTA?

20 years ago, visa-free access only had one meaning: you hop on a plane, reach your destination and then proceed to the immigration counter. That's how it worked for EU citizens visiting the US, ...
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How do Obama and Trump era uses of pepper spray and tear gas against migrants on the Mexico-US border differ?

A caravan the Trump administration discussed at length before the US midterms recently reached a port of entry, and was attacked with tear gas. After this proved controversial, there was much ...
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Why does Mexico allow immigrants to cross to the US?

What is the mechanism that allows immigrants from other central-american countries to cross Mexico to the US border? Are Mexican border controls simply lax? Or are there other considerations..?
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Is the use of “fear” effective in terms of voter turn out in US elections…?

The November 6th election has seen record turnout in some states that were electing senators and representatives. Use of fear has been around for a long time but this election has seen unpresident ...
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Is there any mechanism by which the President can revoke green cards obtained legally through employment?

In regards to current legal immigrants who obtained a green card through employment. As the status of green card holders is determined by the State Department and enforced by federal employees, does ...
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Why can't Donald Trump revoke birthright citizenship?

Recently, there has been a huge debate about revoking birthright citizenship from children born in the US to illegal alien immigrants. I read here that almost all left and right wings of the US ...
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The success of the European Union policy response to migration waves from the Middle East and Africa

Did the European Union policy response to the large-scale movement of people from the Middle East and Africa introduce pull-factors that encouraged new and/or continued movements from these regions?
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What are the effects of the HR392 (fairness for skilled immigrant workers) bill?

Recently, there is a lengthy discussion about HR392 (fairness for skilled immigrant workers) in the US house and senate. It means if this bill will be passed by the house and senate, the limitation of ...
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How is the US population growing amidst restrictive immigration policies?

US population is showing a healthy growth and the share of immigrants among its population is only growing. https://www.census.gov/popclock/ https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-...
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Are there some surveys for the motivation of Syrian asylum seekers preference for Germany (once they reach Europe)?

For a bit of background: In 2015 and 2016, Europe became a destination of choice for an estimated 650,000 Syrians. However, this represents only about 5% of all Syrians displaced by the conflict ...