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Netherlands: Grounds for Revoking Asylum Residence Permits Broadened

(June 30, 2016) In a letter of May 25, 2016, to the Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament, K.H.D.M. Dijkhoff, the Minister for Migration, indicated that the policy on revocation or refusal of an asylum residence permit will be made more stringent. Dijkhoff stated, “[w]hen people commit serious crimes that severely impact the […]

New Zealand: Annual Refugee Quota Increased

(June 15, 2016) On June 13, 2016, the New Zealand government announced that it will increase the country’s annual refugee quota from 750 to 1,000 places from the start of the 2018 fiscal year, which begins April 1, 2018.  (Press Release, Michael Woodhouse, Govt Announces Increase to Refugee Quota (June 13, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ.)  The refugee […]

Denmark: Green Card Law Amended

(May 25, 2016) Denmark has reversed a proposed change to the law that covers the country’s “Green Card Scheme” and will now allow current holders of green cards to apply to have their status extended until June 10, 2018. The revision will come into force on June 10, 2016, and will permit current holders of […]

Australia/Papua New Guinea: Supreme Court Rules Asylum-Seeker Detention Is Unconstitutional

(May 2, 2016) On April 26, 2016, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruled that the detention of asylum seekers at a facility on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, which was established under an arrangement with Australia, is a breach of their right to personal liberty under the Papua New Guinea Constitution. (Namah v Pato [2016] […]

Finland/Russian Federation: Agreements Concluded to Stem Migrant Flow

(Apr. 7, 2016) Finland and Russia have concluded two agreements on cross-border traffic designed to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the Eastern Lapland region of Finland. According to Päivi Nerg of Finland’s Ministry of the Interior, the two countries have been concerned about the number of migrants travelling in a westward direction into […]

Thailand: Blacklist for Foreigners Who Overstay Visas

(Apr. 6, 2016) On March 20, 2016, as part of tightened security measures, new immigration rules entered into force banning the re-entry into Thailand of foreigners who unlawfully overstay their visas by more than 90 days. (Banned: New Rule Comes into Force Prohibiting Visa Overstayers from Re-Entering Thailand, COCONUTS BANGKOK (Feb. 18, 2016).) The rules […]

Canada: Government Announces Plan to Take in up to 57,000 Refugees This Year

(Mar. 29, 2016) On March 8, 2016, the government of Canada announced it plans to take in between 51,000 and 57,000 refugees this year, approximately double the number received in 2015. (Canada Doubles Refugee Target to 57,000 by the End of This Year, THE GUARDIAN (Mar. 8, 2016); see also Notice – Supplementary Information 2016 […]

Netherlands: Ministerial Letter Issued to New Asylum Seekers

(Mar. 14, 2016) On February 18, 2016, the State Secretary for Security and Justice of the Netherlands, K.H.D.M. Dijkhoff, issued a letter to asylum seekers advising them that the total period within which the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will make a decision on requests for asylum by new asylum seekers will be extended to […]

Turkey: People Smuggling to Be Classified as Terrorist Act

(Mar. 9, 2016) Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Numan Kurtulmus, announced on February 1, 2016, that Turkey was considering imposing heavier sentences for the offense of people smuggling, classifying it as a terrorist act and as an organized crime, and amending the law to include as a penalty the confiscation of assets used in such acts.  The […]

Switzerland: Extended Deportation of Criminal Foreigners Rejected

(Mar. 7, 2016) On February 28, 2016, Swiss voters rejected by a vote of 58.9% to 41.1% the “Enforcement Initiative.” The initiative proposed the automatic deportation of foreigners who committed certain crimes, regardless of the imposed penalty. Foreigners are defined as persons who do not hold Swiss passports. (Volksinitiative “Zur Durchsetzung der Ausschaffung krimineller Ausländer“ […]