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16-05-2024

European Countries Propose Migrant Centers Outside EU, Review Safe Third Country Concept

United kingdom, United state

#immigration

#asylum

A group of 15 European countries led by Denmark urges the European Commission to explore new strategies to curb migrant arrivals, including signing migration pacts with countries like Tunisia and creating centers outside the EU for asylum seekers.

They seek faster deportations and a reassessment of the 'safe third countries' concept in EU asylum law. This initiative follows Europe's growing concern over immigration and aligns with upcoming EU elections.

However, not all members support all aspects of the proposal, including controversial models like the 'Albania model' for managing migrants.

23-07-2024

Decline in Canadian Citizenship Rates: 40% Drop Over the Last Decade

United kingdom,United state

#citizenship

#decline

The rate of immigrants becoming Canadian citizens has declined by 40% in the last decade. The Canadian Citizenship Data Study shows naturalization rates fell from 75.4% in 1996 to 45.7% in 2021.

Family category immigrants saw the largest drop at 17%. Economic-class immigrants and refugees also experienced declines. Non-citizen women face higher unemployment than citizen women. Adult applicants for citizenship must demonstrate language proficiency.

Despite a pandemic recovery, Canada processed 5.2 million immigration applications in 2022. Immigration drives nearly 75% of Canada's population growth and 100% of labour force growth. By 2036, immigrants may comprise 30% of the population.
23-07-2024

Spain Arrests 25 for Falsifying Documents and Facilitating Sham Marriages

United kingdom,United state

#illegal

#crime

Spanish National Police arrested 25 people from a criminal organization aiding illegal immigration and document falsification. The group charged €3,000 for Spanish nationality and €6,000 for sham marriages.

Eight members were arrested in Malaga, Lorca, and Marbella, while 17 collaborators and clients were detained in Malaga, Huelva, Madrid, and Vic. The network used fake documents and impersonated immigrants in citizenship exams.

They also sold fake driver's licenses for €1,000 and provided residence and work cards. The first phase of investigations led to arrests and the seizure of cash and fake IDs. Another 17 people were arrested in the second phase.
23-07-2024

UK to Close Bibby Stockholm Asylum Barge by January 2025

United kingdom,United state

#refugee

#asylum

The Bibby Stockholm barge, used to house asylum seekers, will close in January 2025. The Home Office aims to save £7.7bn in asylum costs over 10 years. Continuing the barge use would cost over £20m next year.

Uncertainty remains about future accommodation for the 400 residents. The barge faced criticism after Leonard Farruku’s suicide, fire safety issues, and legionella bacteria detection.

Minister Angela Eagle emphasized plans to clear the asylum backlog. Labour MP Lloyd Hatton deemed the barge ineffective. The decision follows Home Secretary Yvette Cooper’s announcement to streamline asylum claims and save billions.

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