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Questions tagged [immigration]

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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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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Are people dissatisfied with the immigration politics? [on hold]

Did people vote for Brexit because they are dissatisfied with the immigration politics and that there has come to many immigrants to the UK?
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Is there a benefit to limiting immigration to the UK?

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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How does the UAE function with expatriates comprising 83% of the population? [closed]

How does the UAE maintain order and nationhood when 83% of the population—more in certain emirates—are foreigners, often there temporarily?
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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 ...
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Do immigrants to the US use up more welfare?

Trump administration proposes limiting green cards for those who took public benefits Do immigrants use up more welfare? This data says there is no correlation. Where can I find a scatter plot of ...
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How many “Blue Cards” have EU countries issued?

The "Blue Card" is EU-level scheme allowing high-skilled non-EU citizens to work and live in any country within the European Union, excluding Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom, According to ...
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Are there EU countries that offer a path to citizenship for non-EU foreign workers?

In the US there exist "dual intent" visas, e.g. H-1B, which while being a temporary work permit, nevertheless can lead to a permanent residence rights ("green card", usually sponsored by the employer ...
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“Everything But Arms” and migrants

A common trope in Europe is that the European Union, by means of exploitation and stiff tariffs, keeps the African economy down, thereby forcing economic migrants to leave home for Europe. However, ...
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Does oath of citizenship make citizens inequal? [closed]

In many countries, such as Germany, Russia, South Africa, and the US, there is a so-called oath of citizenship, which is essentially some specific words that a person who becomes a citizen of the ...
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Is there any data on the average IQ of American immigrants? [closed]

And an estimate on which way and how fast it is shifting national IQ, if possible.
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Where can I find a scatter plot of welfare spending vs. immigrant rate?

Where can I find a scatter plot of welfare spending (per capita, % of spending, or % of GDP) vs. immigrant rate (per capita, or % of population)? By state or by country would be fine. I tried to ...
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How do Chinese set up restaurants in UK? [closed]

So, I know Hong Kong used to be British but recently apparently there has been quite a lot of immigration to the UK from mainland China. A lot of Chinese restaurants you go to are run by people with ...
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Is there a correlation between high rents and high levels of *legal* immigrants?

There is currently a widely-spread opinion that rents in San Francisco, New York and Seattle are rising too fast. I don't think Chicago (among others) is sharing in this trend. It has a similar ...
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Were the British always among the most skeptical about free movement of people in the EU?

... or did they become this way only after the EU enlargement in Central and Easter Europe (after the fall of the Iron Curtain)? If there's a need to back up the premise of the question... here's a ...
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US Citizenship Revocation/Denaturalization - How does this compare with other countries?

Recently I read about president Trump forming a task force to find and remove the citizenship of anyone who lied to obtain citizenship in the united states: Article Here I'm wondering if the process ...
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Is there any secondary review of Asylum seeking cases in immigration courts?

I recently bumped into a factoid that wasn't unexpected but rather drastic: the rate of people passing asylum hearing in immigration courts can vary from 10% to 75% based on individual judges. ...
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Has ICE suspended criminal referrals of illegal entries by families?

A few months ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented a "zero tolerance policy", requiring the Department of Justice (DOJ) to criminally prosecute every single person caught crossing the border ...
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Has DHS or CBP commented on stopping criminal referrals of illegal entries by families?

The Washington Post just published a story quoting a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official who says that in response to President Trump’s new executive order about family separation,...
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Do either the Feinstein bill or the Cruz bill repeal Trump's zero tolerance policy on immigration?

A few months ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented a "zero tolerance policy", requiring the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute every single person caught crossing the border ...
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What proof of parent/child relationship is required at southern border ports of entry? [closed]

This question is specific to those seeking asylum. At the White house press conference today I understood the DHS secretary to say that (paraphrasing) when a woman and child present themselves at the ...
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Can the Trump adminstration undo the Flores consent decree?

In 1997, the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to a settlement in a case called Flores vs. Reno. Among other things, this settlement prohibits unaccompanied children who have crossed the border from ...
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To what degree were families separated in the US - Mexico border before Trump?

With the high visibility of the US's current policy of separating families at the Southern border, I am wondering what the policy for incoming migrants was in previous administrations (Obama and Bush, ...
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Is there anything in EU law to prevent this invasion scenario? [closed]

Let's say Putin's government funds an NGO (clandestinely, so it looks like a for realz NGO), rents out a ton of large ships, puts on a couple hundred thousand little green men out of uniform and ...
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Did Obama enable the US gov't to spend close to 20,000 dollars per month on every illegal immigrant's child?

This "meme" http://static.politifact.com.s3.amazonaws.com/politifact/photos/Obama_paying_illegal_kids_FB_post_1.jpg managed to get circulated to my facebook. I looked it up and according to ...
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Why was Schengen a problem in distributing refugees based on quotas?

I'd often heard here in Czechia that quota couldn't really distribute refugees, as everyone has the right to move freely within the EU. Is the Schengen Agreement so strict it is So hard to adjust so ...
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Could a nation completely disappear due to emigration? [duplicate]

The Baltic States are experiencing the world's highest emigration rates (outside of war zones like Syria) thanks to European freedom of movement which makes it extremely easy for Baltic citizens to ...
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What is the difference between the National Front, Britain First and BNP?

There's a lot of hard right parties here in the UK as well as a good number of populist ones (UKIP, For Britain etc) as well, and reading their manifestos and history I'm finding it hard to ...
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Why had U.S. politically pursued certain immigration policies for over a century?

Well you can easily find out certain immigration policies which U.S. has deployed in the past to keep the certain minorities out like -The Chinese exclusion act of 1882 - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/...
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What percentage of Soviet immigrants to the US are Jews?

Let me start off the bat by saying that this question is NOT about Russian Federation, it is NOT about Judaism (the religion) and it is not about Putin's recent (possibly mistranslated) comments about ...
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Does the US give full, unfettered access to the NCIC database to anyone other than Canada?

I know that the US shares full, real time access to the US NCIC database with Canada, but does it give this type of access to any other countries? Many people seem to think that any immigration ...
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How many people are registered under the DACA? [closed]

How many legally registered DACA recipients are on the book? What is the total number of DACA recipients currently registered?
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Does the cartel's ability to tunnel under walls negate the southern border wall's purpose? [duplicate]

As I understand it, the Sinaloa cartel are masters of tunneling under the border and transporting people and drugs. If this is true (wall has no effect on migration), is there any other political ...