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Why do Mauritius passport holders have such easy visa access to so many countries?

As per Wikipedia: As of 1 January 2017, Mauritian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 131 countries and territories, ranking the Mauritian passport 33rd in terms of travel freedom ...
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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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What are the differences between Trump's old travel ban and the new one?

Trump recently signed a revised executive order to restrict travellers from specified countries for 90 days. What are some of the differences between the 2 executive orders (13769 and 13780)?
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Are Non-Muslims from the banned countries allowed into the US?

I keep seeing Trump's latest bit of executive action regarded as a 'Muslim Ban'. It doesn't make sense to me, since all of the information I can find shows that he is imposing a 90-day ban on travel ...
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When did the US start separating illegal immigrants from their children and what is this policy called?

I am trying to understand the precise (objective) history of either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practice of separating children (minors) of ...
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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 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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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 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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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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Trump's temporary ban and green card holders

This article by David French has this nugget: However, there are reports that the ban is being applied even to green-card holders. This is madness. The plain language of the order doesn't apply to ...
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Have any polls surveyed the opinion of Brexit supporters on the recent decision on Hong Kong BN(O) passport holders?

On July 1st, the UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, & Home Secretary, Priti Patel, announced that a 'path to full British citizenship' would be opened to Hong Kong British National (Overseas) ...
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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 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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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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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 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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What are the upsides of having a birthright citizenship policy?

I've been reading a lot about the birth tourism issue in Canada lately, but this issue applies to any country with birthright citizenship. From a New York Times article describing the issue: Under ...
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Why did Denmark stop refugees transiting from Germany to Sweden?

At one point (2015-09-09), there were no trains running between Germany and Denmark. Denmark announced it would return any migrants/refugees who do not wish to seek asylum in Denmark, back to Germany ...
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Does Japan suffer any significant drawbacks for having the most restrictive immigration policy of all developed countries?

Japan is well known for being the most homogeneous developed country in the world, partially thanks to their extremely restrictive immigration policies. But does their economy or society suffer any ...
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Is NHS reliance on foreign doctors typical?

Most of the United Kingdom's healthcare is provided by the tax funded and state organised National Health Service. Since it was created in 1948 the NHS has always required foreign doctors. In 2014 ...
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How is Germany going to integrate the refugees?

When the arriving numbers of refugees increased, Merkel repeatedly said 'We can do it' to critics and supporters of her asylum policy. She also mentioned this in her New Years Eve Speech. I don't want ...
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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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Are there any reasonable policy proposals regarding mass climate migration?

There is an evidence, that we're on the beginning of a mass migration caused primarily by the climate change. I often read about latest deterrent policies, such as changes in the law and building of ...
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If a country leaves the European Union, would also leave the European Economic Area?

In the event of some member country supporting leaving the EU, would that mean that the country would stop participating in the EEA? Other countries participate in it, despite not being EU members. e....
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Which Arab countries grant immigration to non-Arabs?

I would like to know which Arab countries in the Middle East and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) grant immigration (residency and/or political rights) to non-Arabs. What are the policies and ...
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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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Why don't Syrian refugees claim asylum at the Turkish-Greek border?

As far as I know (from here) the standard way for Syrian refugees to enter Greece from Turkey has been to cross the sea covertly by boat to reach one of the Greek islands that are not far from the ...
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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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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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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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Ted Cruz's "natural-born" citizenship qualification for the Presidential run

There's a commotion about Ted Cruz getting sued (1) per Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution (2) on the basis of that being exactly what disqualifies his eligibility to run for President of the ...
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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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How do people prove that they belong to an ethnicity?

It seems like the EU and Turkey is about to agree about how to meet the refugee influx to Europe. However, the EU guarantees individual treatment of each application from the refugees seeking asylum ...
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Are there any countries where non-citizen can become president?

In many countries only citizens can run for president. In the USA in particular there has been some indications of introducing changes to the rules such that naturalized citizens can run for ...
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Why is immigration enforcement controversial in the United States?

From time to time I come across articles talking about some crackdown or another on people in the USA who don't have permission to be in the country. These articles usually have a "how can you do that ...
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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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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 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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Will it be harder to emigrate to a European country (e.g. Denmark) if Britain leaves the EU?

The current figures look as if Britain will vote to leave the EU: UK Politics Blog: EU Polling Data I am a British Citizen and would like to move to Denmark in around a year or so anyway, but if ...
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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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How many Americans emigrated into "socialist" countries?

Are there any statistics (or at least reasonable estimates from research) on how many USA citizens emigrated to "socialist" countries? I'm not looking for a precise #, an estimate of an order of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is Sweden's historical violent crime rate vs. immigration rate?

I tried to find a historical chart of Sweden's violent crime rate and came across this: Which was the first image search result: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=sweden+violent+crime+rate+history+chart&...
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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 ...