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Hungary: New Law Permits Army’s Use of Non-Lethal Weapons Against Illegal Migrants

(Nov. 6, 2015) On September 21, 2015, the National Assembly of Hungary approved legislation that allows the country’s military to use non-lethal weapons against refugees when they enter Hungary illegally (Jacqueline Jones, Hungary Lawmakers Approve Use of Non-Lethal Weapons on Refugees, PAPER CHASE (Sept. 23, 2015).) Soldiers may use rubber bullets, tear gas, pyrotechnical devices, […]

Germany: New Anti-Terrorism Legislation Entered Into Force

(July 10, 2015) On June 20 and on June 30, 2015, new anti-terrorism legislation entered into force in Germany. The new law makes it a crime to travel outside the country with the intent to receive terrorist training, adds a new section on terrorism financing to the Criminal Code, and creates national identity card and […]

Russia: Re-Entry Restrictions for Illegal Migrants

(Feb. 27, 2015) On January 12, 2015, amendments to the Federal Law on Exit from and Entry into the Russian Federation entered into force. (Federal Law of the Russian Federation No. 524-FZ of December 31, 2014, on Amending Article 27 of the Federal Law on Exit from and Entry into the Russian Federation, Official Internet […]

Ukraine: Demarcation of Border with Russia

(Dec. 2, 2014) On November 19, 2014, the Government of Ukraine announced that it will approve the draft of the President’s Executive Order that provides for the beginning of work on delimitation of the border between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. (Government Approved President’s Decree on Unilateral Demarcation of Borderline Between Ukraine and Russia, GOVERNMENT […]

Mexico: Temporary Visitor Permits Will Be Extended to Additional Central American Migrants

(Oct. 10, 2014) On September 9, 2014, Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, reported to Members of the Congress of the Union that Mexico plans to grant citizens of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua regional visitor permits. Mexico has granted such permits since July to Guatemalans and Belizeans in order to regulate […]

Brazil: No Violent Fans for the World Cup

(June 23, 2014) On June 10, 2014, the Ministry of Justice published Administrative Act No. 933, which provides that entrance into the country is to be denied during Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup to anyone who is included in the National System of Wanted Persons (Sistema Nacional de Procurados e Impedidos) as a “member […]

China: New Visa Rules Passed

(Aug. 26, 2013) On July 12, 2013, the State Council promulgated a set of new rules governing the entry of foreigners into the People’s Republic of China, the Regulations on the Administration of the Entry and Exit of Aliens. Upon entering into effect on September 1, 2013, the Regulations will replace the existing Rules for […]

Brazil: National Borders Plan

(Oct. 7, 2011) On October 3, 2011, Brazil's Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo, was quoted as saying that the National Borders Plan currently being discussed by the government anticipates a duplication in the number of federal agents of the Federal Police, Federal Highway Police, and the National Public Security Force working in the country's […]

Georgia: Court Verdicts on Border-Crossing Offenses Vary Depending on Nationality of the Accused

(July 11, 2011) Russia continues to expand its ties with the secessionist Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are promoted as vacation destinations for Russian summer travelers. (See news reports and travel information [in Russian], Abkhazian Embassy in Russia website (last visited July 8, 2011).) However, the border crossing into these territories from […]

France: Creation of an Automated Border Control System

(Nov. 22, 2010) Decree 2010-1274 of October 25, 2010, creates an automatic personal data processing system referred to as PARAFE, Passage Rapide aux Frontières Extérieures (Automated Fast-Track Crossing at External Borders) to decrease the cost of border control and the waiting time and to improve the identification of persons in order to facilitate the fight […]