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Mexico: Program to Ensure “Friendly” Return of Migrants Announced

(Feb. 2, 2016) Mexican Chancellor Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the foreign relations Secretary, announced that Mexico will launch an Open Door Program of assistance to ensure the “friendly” return to and reintegration of Mexican migrants in the country. Ruiz Massieu made the announcement during a speech she delivered at the 27th Meeting of Mexican Ambassadors and […]

Denmark: Law to Stem Asylum-Based Immigration

(Feb. 1, 2016) On January 26, 2016, the Danish Parliament, in a vote of 81 to 27 (with 70 absentees), adopted several measures meant to reduce the number of asylum seekers arriving in Denmark. (Forslag til lov om ændring af udlændingeloven [Bill of the Law on Amending the Aliens Act] (final text of the proposal […]

Denmark: Calls for Immigration Reform Following Controversial Deportation Order

(Dec. 9, 2013) In November 2013, Denmark decided to deport a woman from Thailand and her seven-year-old daughter. The two had moved to Denmark when the woman married a Danish citizen. Following the 2012 death of the citizen, who had served as a step-father to the young girl, the two were subject to deportation. The […]

Israel: Repeal of Law Authorizing Three-Year Detention of “Infiltrators”

(Sept. 24, 2013) On September 16, 2013, Israel’s High Court, with an extended bench of nine justices, repealed the Law for Prevention of Infiltration (Offenses and Jurisdiction) (Amendment No. 3 and Temporary Order) Law, 5772-2012 (hereinafter LPI 2012). (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, Israel’s official gazette], No. 2332, Jan. 18, 2012; H.C.J. 7146/12 Adam v. […]

Israel: Convicted Felon Denied Immigration Status Under Law of Return

(Sept. 11, 2013) On August 22, 2013, Israel’s High Court of Justice (H.C.J.) rejected a petition against the Ministry of Interior’s decision to deny a Jewish citizen of Ukraine (the petitioner) oleh immigration status based on his criminal record. The petitioner had served a ten-year sentence of imprisonment in Ukraine for perpetrating serious sexual offenses. […]

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 […]

China: New Visa System Proposed, Public Opinions Being Solicited

(May 20, 2013) On May 3, 2013, China’s State Council published the Regulations on the Administration of the Entry and Exit of Aliens (Draft for Comments) (hereinafter Draft Regulations) online, in order to solicit public opinions on the document. Once the Draft Regulations take effect, a new visa system will replace the existing one regulated […]

Norway: Government Plans to Crack Down on Returning Foreign Convicts

(Mar. 11, 2013) The Norwegian government is reforming two aspects of immigration policy related to foreign convicts in the country. As reported on February 22, 2013, the Ministry of Justice and Public Security is formulating changes in the law in order to send returning foreign convicts back out of <?Norway and to enhance punishments against […]

European Union: New Rules Proposed to Improve Border Control and Facilitate Entry of Frequent Travelers

(Mar. 11, 2013) On February 28, 2013, the European Commission put forward two proposals to introduce two major innovations in the European Union’s border control system. The first is the establishment of an Entry/Exit System (EES) to create a centralized, digital method for the registration of entry and exit data of third-country nationals crossing the […]