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What does European Union "freedom of movement" mean, and how much can individual countries restrict intra-EU immigration?

In recent years, France has embarked on a controversial program of expelling Roma people. The controversy is partly about the allegation that France expels people based on ethnic rather than legal ...
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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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Is there an officially stated reason why Trump's ban includes Iran and Iraq, but not Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, or Pakistan?

According to BBC News: A 90-day suspension on anyone arriving from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, except certain visa categories such as diplomats. Is there any objective ...
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How are Donald Trump's recent comments about Muslim immigrants unconstitutional?

A recent campaign press release from Donald Trump, the leading contender to become the Republican party’s nominee for US presidential candidate, recently called to ban Muslims from entering the United ...
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How is it that Ted Cruz can run for the U.S. presidency seeing as he was born in Calgary?

Is renouncing his Canadian citizenship the only step he needed to take in order to be a viable candidate for the U.S. presidency?
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How do politicians on the Left side of the political spectrum reconcile the need to protect workers with the support for immigration?

As far as I understand, politicians on the Left side of the spectrum generally support increased welfare, strong regulation for workers rights, high minimum wage, etc. At the same time, many Left-wing ...
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Do any countries have a 100% open immigration policy?

Are there any countries who will allow anyone to immigrate into their country and eventually become citizens?
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Are non-U.S. citizens permitted the same rights afforded by the constitution?

I'm somewhat confused by the different types of non-Citzens living in the United States and what rights are or are not afforded to them. My limited understanding is that there are the following broad ...
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Have permanent US residents ever before been subjected to restrictions based on their origin country?

President Trump's recent executive order temporarily barring nationals of 7 countries from entering the U.S. included those who originated from one of those countries, are not citizens of the U.S., ...
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How to distribute asylum applicants more evenly in Europe?

Sweden has 8.4 asylum applicants per 1000 residents whereas Hungary, the second ranking European country, has only ~4. Most other European countries have 0-2 asylum applicants per 1000 residents (...
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Can President Trump’s Immigration Order be reverted?

On 27th January, according to this article, Donald Trump approved a sweeping executive order that suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees ...
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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 26 ...
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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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Why does the U.S grant visas via lottery?

It is reasonable to grant a visa for education or investment but granting it by chance seems odd. I'm not sure if any other country does the same but there should be reason(s) for this (except giving ...
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What does 'regaining control of our borders' in Brexit campaigns actually mean for non-EU immigrants to the UK?

What does 'regaining control of our borders' in Brexit campaigns actually mean for non-EU immigrants to the UK? Does it have any bearing at all on this group of people?
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When did the US first start classifying people as Illegal Immigrants?

The first European settlers were arriving in a land without government as we understand it today, and the earlier settlers (e.g. American Indians from Asia) didn't grant them citizenship. There was a ...
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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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What is the rationale behind aiming for reduced immigration through Brexit?

One of the main reasons often cited for voting Brexit is to curb immigration. I have a few issues which I'd like to set out. Firstly, non EU immigration makes up approximately half of the total ...
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Migrant from Africa to Europe by sea from North Africa

What policy could the European Union adopt to save the large numbers of migrants dying trying to gain access to the EU from northern Africa by sea, without opening the door to a flood on new migrant?
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How could Obama start DACA, but Trump can not end it?

I would understand the law or new executive order being unconstitutional and struck down by courts, but here he have a situation where Trump is trying to revert the policy to state that it was before ...
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UK migration: why the focus on EU only, not global?

One of the key issues in the General Election last year, and Brexit now, is around immigration to the UK. All of the focus that I hear in the media is only about migration from inside the EU, and I ...
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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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On what grounds can Trump's decision to end DACA be challenged?

This question asks why Trump would be blocked from ending DACA, and the answer was that he wasn't - it was just suspended until all ongoing lawsuits against Trump's action were resolved, presumably to ...
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Why is Hungary blocking refugees leaving?

Hungary does not want Syrian refugees, as has been made clear by their PM. Germany had already said that it would house them, even though they were trying to get other countries to take in more. The ...
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Did Taiwan end up doing what its president said that it would do for "Hong Kongers"?

This answer to What did Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen actually say that it would do for "Hong Kongers"? says (paraphrased): (Taiwan) means to help new settlements of Hong Kong people... ...
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What percentage of the world's Muslim population is affected by Trump's so-called "Muslim" ban?

Opponents call Trump's Executive Order a "Muslim" ban. Does it ban all Muslims? Clearly, no. But what percentage of 1.7 billion of the world's Muslims are affected? (I would accept a rough ...
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Are any of the notable critics of Trumps immigration ban on record as criticizing Iran's etc... ban on anyone connected to Israel?

Leaving aside the relative merits or lack thereof of Trump's ban, it's not really an unprecedented move in world politics. The governments of Iran, and several other countries (Syria, Lebanon, Libya, ...
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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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Is "Illegal immigrant" a legal term and will the AP's decision not to use it have a major effect?

The Associated Press decided to recommend against the use of the phrase "illegal immigrant". What is the legal term for someone who crosses a border and resides in a country that they are not ...
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Why has there been so much opposition to DACA and to the Dreamers?

If someone was brought to the US by their parents when they were under 10 or even under 5 years old, and they have lived here for the past 20 or 30 years. They grew up here, going to school here (...
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Was illegal immigration non-enforcement ever challenged under "equal protection" theory? Did it affect illegal immigration related legislation?

Illegal immigration is either a misdemeanor or a felony in USA (depends on specifics of what an individual did). Under ordinary circumstances, if a resident would commit a felony or even a misdemeanor ...
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Where can I find the text of the DACA action?

I am looking for a PDF or website that has the actual text of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) order that President Obama issued in 2012. Is there a PDF out there for it?
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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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Why do people oppose immigration ban? [closed]

Why do people oppose an immigration ban? What are their arguments?