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Italy: Protection of Unaccompanied Foreign Minors

(May 16, 2017) On May 6, 2017, new legislation for the protection of unaccompanied foreign minors entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 47 of April 7, 2017, Provisions on Protective Measures for Unaccompanied Foreign Minors (Law No. 47), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.) (Apr. 21, 2017), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).)  Law No. 47 introduces several amendments to […]

Italy: Measures to Fight Against Illegal Immigration Bolstered

(Mar. 29, 2017) On February 18, 2017, new legislation on the fight against illegal immigration entered into effect in Italy. (Decree Law No. 13 of February 17, 2017, Urgent Provisions for the Acceleration of International Protection Procedures and for the Fight Against Illegal Immigration (D.L. No. 13), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) More Efficient Handling of Non-EU […]

Spain: National Police Chief Addresses Anti-Terrorism Policies

(Sept. 29, 2016) The head of Spain’s National Police gave an address describing how Spain’s efforts to improve anti-terrorist cooperation among European Union Member States, and arguing against national border patrols within the European Union.  (Hugo Gutiérrez, El Director de la Policia Nacional Pide mas Cooperación Europea contra el Terrorismo, EL PAIS (Aug.1, 2016).) He argued […]

France: National Assembly Adopts Immigration Bill

(Sept. 9, 2015) The French National Assembly (Assemblée nationale, one of the two houses of the French Parliament) approved legislation on immigration on July 23, 2015. (Projet de loi relatif au droit des étrangers en France [Bill on the Rights of Foreigners in France], Senat [Senate] website (last visited Sept. 9, 2015).) The legislation, which […]

Denmark: Proposal to Increase Immigration Controls

(July 10, 2015) The Danish government recently announced plans to re-establish border controls to combat illegal immigration and smuggling. According to the Foreign Minister, Kristian Jensen, “[w]e will suggest something that is within the Schengen rules and there will be a dialogue with Brussels and the EU commission, but also with our neighbouring countries.” (Chris […]

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 […]

European Union: New Rules on Unaccompanied Minors Entering the EU Illegally

(July 9, 2014) On June 26, 2014, the European Commission adopted a proposal to amend EC Regulation No. 343/2003, the Dublin Regulation, which establishes that only one EU Member is responsible for handling each asylum application. It also lays down the criteria and ways to determine which Member State of the European Union is responsible […]

Canada; Central America; Mexico; United States: Agreement on Unaccompanied Children

(July 8, 2014) In June 2014, authorities from Mexico, the United States, Canada, and the Central American countries met in Nicaragua for the XIX Vice-Ministerial Meeting of the Regional Conference on Migration (a multilateral forum on international immigration) and announced that they had reached an agreement (the Managua Extraordinary Declaration) on a number of measures […]

Norway: Change in Benefits for Those in the Country Illegally

(Mar. 20, 2014) Following a March 14, 2014, cabinet meeting, the Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion, Robert Eriksson, announced that the type of welfare assistance available to those in the country illegally will change. Now, instead of receiving benefit payments, people will be able to obtain food coupons and a bed for the […]