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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 the “McCaul-Thompson” bill that may be part of Trump's DACA deal?

Today House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement concerning the tentative agreement President Trump made with them last night: President ...
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Why is President Trump ending the DACA program so controversial?

There is currently a lot of controversy about President Trump ending the DACA program. However I don't understand why it's so controversial — Donald Trump was specifically elected on an anti-...
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Why did Australian Labor MP Khalil Eideh get denied entry to the USA?

Khalil Eideh is an Australian State (Victoria) Member of Parliament who was on an official trip studying drug policy and injecting rooms. When the group was to travel from Canada to the USA he was ...
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What does the Supreme Court ruling on President Trump's travel ban do?

There's a Supreme Court ruling on Monday that allowed several parts of Trump's Executive Order (13780) to go into effect after the administration filed an appeal. So, what exactly does the ruling ...
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Did Trump shift the immigration debate to the right?

In the United States there have long-standing disagreements concerning what to do about illegal immigration. But it seems to me that prior to the 2016 election, the mainstream of both U.S. political ...
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Why are Western governments so resistant to immigration restriction? [closed]

Across the west (and in parts of Asia, as well), there has been, in the last 10 years or so, a series of reactionary right-wing nationalist movements, driven largely by globalization and social ...
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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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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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Did any particular speech give rise to “cultural enrichment” becoming a anti-immigration catchphrase?

The phrase "Cultural enrichment" is being used sarcastically by many people opposed to certain types of immigration. Urban Dictionary has two entries that are sarcastic about the phrase: Satirical ...
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Mexican illegal immigration and rape [closed]

I remember Donald Trump stating that 80% of illegal immigrants coming from Mexico and crossing illegally into the U.S. were raped/sexually abused. I have been trying to find some credible scholarly ...
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Are there good breakdowns of world's immigration systems by main parameters?

Seeing a side discussion about Australian vs. UK immigration system, I grew curious as to how popular are different models of immigration systems around the world. I'm looking for a good compiled ...
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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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Trump second travel ban blocked again? Does it violate the constitution? [closed]

Federal judge in Hawaii has blocked the major provisions of President Trump’s revised ban on refugee resettlement and travel from six predominantly Muslim countries, hours before the executive order ...
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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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Is the Trump administration defending the old travel ban (13769) in court?

Trump just released a new executive order, very similar to the old. The old order (13769) has been stopped by the courts. Is the administration defending the old order still, or are they ignoring it ...
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What specific consessions did Iraq make to be excluded from Trump's new executive order?

One of the differences between two travel executive orders was the fact that Iraq was omitted in the new one ("Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (13780)") I ...
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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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Why does the Green party support immigration?

Immigration means people which are going to regularly travel long distance in order to visit their relatives in their home countries. The recent explosion of migrations toward the 1st world countries ...
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What is the meaning of “We are a civic society” attributed to Steve Bannon

In a radio program back in November 2015 that featured US President (then candidate) Donald Trump - his current chief strategist Steve Bannon made these following remarks - BANNON: Well I got a ...
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Why is Trump's travel ban controversial? Why are so many people making a big deal out of it? [closed]

I don't understand why Trump's recent travel/immigration ban is considered to be so controversial, or why so many people are making a big deal out of it. There are only 7 or so countries affected by ...
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What is the reasoning behind Trump's immigration ban? [closed]

From what I understand, Trump's ban prevents entry for people from certain Muslim countries for 3 months. What is the stated purpose of the ban?
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In the Travel Ban Executive order - What is the “ Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System?”

Is this some sort of house-arrest ankle bracelet? Sec. 7. Expedited Completion of the Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System. (a) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall expedite the ...
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What are the US rules around a former citizenship in country X, when becoming US Citizen?

If a foreign national holding citizenship of another country applies for and becomes a US Citizen, what are the rules surrounding citizenship of country X? Can still holding that citizenship prevent ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Obama's 2011 ban on Iraqi refuges vs Trump's ban

Quoting ABC News: As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News Trump's January 25 ban applied to ...
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Why do airline companies and foreign government agencies have the right to prevent foreigners heading to US?

What is obvious is that the US has the right to prevent foreigners from entering the country. But the situation this morning is that it is not clear what would happen after the immigrant or visitor ...
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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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Why do people oppose immigration ban? [closed]

Why do people oppose an immigration ban? What are their arguments?
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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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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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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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If a Brexit deal fails, is there a default fallback regarding movement of people?

The UK government has announced it will leave the EU Single Market. We have been told that unless the UK negotiates a specific trade deal with the EU, trade rules will automatically fall back to WTO ...
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Birth tourists, American visas, citizens and integration, how does it play out? [closed]

I recently read an article about chinese woman going to the U.S. and giving birth to chinese babies who would be chinese Americans. To put the article simply what happens is - The chinese women ...
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Do skilled immigration policies harm developing countries?

There are a number of countries that will only allow people to migrate to their countries who have a high level of education / skills. e.g. Doctors, engineers and what ever skills are required at the ...
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Is the H1-B visa program an executive initiative or a statutory mandate?

Is the H1-B visa program an executive initiative or a statutory mandate? The H1-B visa program allows US corporations to import skilled foreign workers into the United States. President-elect Donald ...
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What does it mean for someone to be a refugee?

What exactly does it mean for someone to have immigrated to the United States with refugee status? I've had friends whose families sponsored Kurdish refugees as part of a church program to help them ...
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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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Is there a way for Germans to initiate closing of the borders?

Imagine a large group of German citizens wants to stop Germany from accepting refugees. Are there any legal options for them to enact this? Can they, for example, initiate a referendum on whether ...
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EU refugee quota proposal

I would like to read the proposal of the EU refugee quota system. Could someone tell me, where to find it? I did not find anything official on my own.
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Is it politically likely that the US and UK will ease bilateral immigration following the UK's withdrawal from the EU? [closed]

Gigi Hadid has recently said that the U.K. should change its immigration system, with it being unfriendly to Americans who want to emigrate there. She complained how Americans can't come to the U.K. ...
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Do any countries have immigration policies that discriminate against a religious group?

Do any countries currently have immigration policies that directly or indirectly negatively discriminate against a religious group, akin to what Donald Trump and Pauline Hanson have been advocating ...
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In the context of Brexit, what's referred to by calling for an Australian-style points system?

I've heard from the Remain camp that the Leave camp has called for introducing an Australian-style points system for immigration. I have a basic understanding of what a points-based system is - ...
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What did major figures in the leave camp say would be the result of Brexit on immigration?

What did major figures (individuals or organisations) from the leave camp of the Brexit referendum say would be the result of leaving the EU would be on immigration? Ideally answers should indicate ...
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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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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 ...