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The Muslim and Christian populations could be nearly equal by 2050, with Islam expected to be the fastest-growing faith on the planet, according to projections released Thursday. 

Islam is growing more rapidly than any other religion in the world, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center that says the religion will nearly equal Christianity by 2050 before eclipsing it around 2070, if current trends continue.

LONDON, April 3 — British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday promised he’d deliver a “controlled and fair” immigration policy if re-elected on May 7, seeking to neutralise attacks from the anti-EU UK Independence Party which threatens to split his vote.

London– The United Kingdom has limited control over its borders because it is a member of the European Union, which is causing significant immigration problems in the county, UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage announced during live TV debates.

The Obama administration in recent months has quietly rolled out a new a program that allows Central American immigrants who reside legally in the United States to bring family members to the country.

According to the Refugee Processing Center, the State Department documents that the most common spoken language among refugees in America is Arabic.

Out of the 11,300 refugees admitted to the U.S. this fiscal year, 4,430 speak Arabic .

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a new joint task force Thursday to target individuals who defraud immigrants and their families and make it easier for victims of fraud to come forward.

Currently, there are more than 1 million undocumented Asian Pacific Islander (API) immigrants living in the US. In California, where I reside, there are nearly a half million undocumented API immigrants.

A new analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies finds that more than 2,000 illegal immigrant minors have been apprehended each month since the beginning of this fiscal year in October — the second highest level of illegal minor arrests, behind last year’s record breaking border surge.

The Muslim Students Association at ASU held an event to offer the community henna tattoos while explaining the religion and culture behind it.

Stockholm, Sweden – Swedish writer Fredrik Ekman is gratified to see a book he co-wrote about the Yezidis reprinted after a decade, signifying renewed interest about the religiouis minority that is suffering under atrocities by ISIS in Iraq.

The UK's party leaders have clashed in the first TV election debate on a range of issues including the NHS, immigration and the deficit.

The French National Assembly hosted Wednesday night's the opening ceremony of the exhibition "Homage to Hassane Naftaouaih" dedicated to the memory of the Franco-Moroccan artist, who passed away last year and was a symbol of the cultural ties between Morocco and France.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics, Aziz Rabbah, called Tuesday in Dubai, Moroccan skills, residing in the UAE, to contribute to the development process of Morocco.

The Moroccan –Australian champion Hassan Bouchajra has won the Asian bodybuilding championship under 80 kg in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Prize, recently played in Sydney.

Seventy-eight women being held at a federal immigration detention facility in Texas are demanding their release, and around 40 have launched a Holy Week hunger and work strike. The women are mostly Central American and are seeking asylum in the United States. They are being held in detention with their children. At least two women on hunger strike have reportedly been placed in isolation, along with their children.

Daniel Jimenez’s job at the United Farm Workers Foundation is to promote the biggest reprieve for undocumented immigrants in a generation to as many as possible. On a recent day, after waiting an hour past the appointed 6 p.m. start, he began speaking to eight tomato-pickers and pistachio-tree planters and a dozen empty chairs.

Suzanne Evans, the party’s vice chairman, said that there would be no immigration target when the manifesto is formally published in a fortnight’s time.

Thursday, 02 April 2015 12:22

The Scrambled States of Immigration

A country that has abandoned all efforts at creating a saner immigration policy has gotten the result it deserves: not one policy but lots of little ones, acting at cross purposes and nullifying one another. Not unity but cacophony, a national incoherence — one well illustrated in a recent report in The Times on the various ways the states, forsaken by Congress, are adjusting to the millions of unauthorized immigrants living outside the law.

The Department of Immigration has responded to embarrassing revelations it leaked personal information of G20 officials including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, announcing a bolstered security regime and new task force.

Britons are so ill at ease with levels of immigration in their towns that their children do not play football with their neighbours in the streets, Nigel Farage has said.

A post-election deal between Labour and the SNP would “destroy” Britain’s immigration controls, creating a "back door" for foreigners, according to a new report.

Winner of the Reuters award for best picture of the year 2014, Youssef Boudlal, 49, juggles the glamor of Chanel and horror of war zones. Portrait of a man who navigates between heaven and hell.

Today, a college degree is one of the surest ways to economic opportunity, but it has also never been more expensive. Earlier this year, President Obama announced "America's College Promise", a proposal that would make two years of community college free for anyone who's willing to work for it. On the heels of that announcement, the president recently called for a new "Student Aid Bill of Rights" to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality and affordable education.

Tertiary education institutions should look to emerging markets in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East in order to keep Australia in the top five destination countries for foreign students, a new government report said.

BRUSSELS — Africa's envoy to the European Union says EU plans to process migrants in the countries they leave or transit on their way to Europe is "a dangerous approach."

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 12:46

Israel to Begin Deporting African Refugees

Ma'an News Agency reports that, up until now, asylum seekers officially had to sign a document indicating voluntary departure from Israel, as it is a signatory to the Refugee Convention which restricts a state to deport individuals whose lives are in danger in their home countries.

Incoming visitors often face a sombre reception at passport control in the United States.

The largest labor organization in the United States on Tuesday launched a national immigration training plan called "We Rise!" to help Hispanics take advantage of the immigration relief measures announced by President Barack Obama last November.

The long process of revamping the province’s immigration policies got off to a sobering start Wednesday when provincial human rights officials said racism and discrimination persist in Quebec’s workplaces.

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 12:43

British UKIP leader vows 90% immigration cut

The head of the right-wing UKIP has promised to slash net migration into Britain by 90 per cent.

An Adelaide visual artist will put up 1,000 posters in Australia's capital cities in an attempt to make residents rethink their stance on immigration.

With more than 100 Cuban migrants either being housed in or currently passing through Cayman Islands waters, the Cayman Islands Immigration Department is standing by to activate its “mass migration” plan.“ 

A big fight is brewing in Washington over immigration reform, but many are unhappy with President Obama’s plan.

LAWRENCE, Kan. -The University of Kansas has hired two sociologists to plan a center for migration and immigration studies.

Among the myriad laws and regulations that govern the nation’s immigration system is a special program, created 25 years ago, that allows immigrant youths who have been abused, neglected or abandoned to apply for a green card.

The European Commission has made progress in the implementation of the Partnership for mobility, signed with Morocco in June 2013, said the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.

Despite the problems associated with a kind of latent xenophobia, Germany is now the second country of immigration, after the United States. It is ahead of Australia and Canada.

The Laboratory for Research in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (largess) of the Polydisciplinary Faculty of El Jadida (FPJ) organized the March 25 to 26, 2015 a national Symposium on "South-North-South migration »

Of a total of more than 1.8 Muslims living in Spain, 771,427 are Moroccans, as recently reported the Union study of Muslim communities in Spain and Andaloussi Observatory.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that immigration will become the “primary driver of U.S. population growth” between 2027 and 2038.

A one-day change in a prison term for a minor crime involving an undocumented immigrant could result in sending that person to federal authorities for deportation, activists said at a legislative hearing Monday.

Nigel Farage declared immigration has left towns and cities in Britain almost unrecognisable for many people over the last decade, as he unveiled the UK Independence party’s (Ukip) first general election poster, an image of the white cliffs of Dover with three escalators running up them.

Boston is a typical English town — ancient church, traditional shops, Polish supermarkets, Baltic bakeries. Amid the bargain-hunting crowds on market day, eastern European languages are almost as common as the local Lincolnshire accent.

 The Justice Department urged a federal appeals court Monday to reverse a hold a judge placed on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 17:46

Rabat hosts the Annual Immigration Forum

The Ministry in charge of Moroccans residing abroad and Migration Affairs organizes this Tuesday, March 31, 2015, from 09:00 pm in the National Library in Rabat, the Annual Immigration Forum under the theme: "Challenges of multiculturalism and integration."

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 17:45

Newly crowned Miss New York is Moroccan

Oubou Iman, a young 26 year old woman originally from Agadir won this Sunday, March 29, 2015 the contest of Miss New York. She will represent the State in the contest of Miss USA to be held in July in Washington DC.

Fifty French imams will be trained annually in Morocco, announced Friday, March 27, 2015, the Union of mosques in France (UMF).

The Forum of Moroccan skills "Careers in Morocco", which was held this past weekend in London, has drawn a large crowd of young Moroccan graduates and professionals residing in Britain.

The 10th edition of Panorama festival cinemas Maghreb and the Middle East (PCMMO), which will run from March 31 to April 15 at Saint-Denis (Paris) and Paris will dedicate a focus on Moroccan cinema marked by the projection of several films.

An information and awareness day on the international commitments of Morocco on migration and asylum was held Friday in Oujda, with the participation of researchers, civil society actors, representatives of government departments and local authorities.

15 House Republicans urge House to block funds for Obama's immigration orders Fifteen House Republicans are urging House appropriators to block funds for President Obama's executive actions on immigration in the next spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The initiative comes just a few weeks after the House GOP relented on doing just that for the rest of this year after a grueling, months-long impasse. In a letter released Friday, the lawmakers requested that the DHS spending bill for the next fiscal year starting in October prohibit funding for Obama's most recent executive actions in November, as well as the programs to shield immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and the parents of legal citizens from deportation. Those programs are known respectively as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). "Our constituents sent us to Washington to put a stop to this nonsense," the lawmakers wrote to Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the DHS, and Rep. Lucille Roybal Allard (D-Calif.), the panel's top Democrat. The House Republicans maintained that the president's unilateral actions amounted to executive overreach. "The executive actions on immigration not only disregard the separation of powers, they are a slap in the face to millions seeking opportunity and yearning to be free but are unwilling to make their first actions toward that goal criminal," they said. The letter's signatories were GOP Reps. Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Jeff Miller (Fla.), Lou Barletta (Pa.), Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.), Jim Bridenstine (Okla.), Steve King (Iowa), Bob Gibbs (Ohio), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Tom McClintock (Calif.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Brian Babin (Texas), Rod Blum (Iowa) and Glenn Grothman (Wis.). The group is mostly comprised of prominent immigration hardliners like King, Gohmert, Huelskamp and Brooks. But it also includes one committee chairman: Miller, who chairs the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Source: The Hill

The number of people of working age in Germany will fall by around a third by 2050 if Europe's biggest economy does not increase immigration from countries outside the European Union, a study published on Friday said.

Houston — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Saturday emphatically denied he recently changed his position on illegal immigration, emphasizing that solving the problem does not involve a pathway to citizenship.

Washington has long allowed immigrants without legal status to get driver’s licenses. So Ofelia Rosas Ramos, a Mexican living illegally in Seattle, has had her license since 2008.

Prior to its election victory, Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left) had promised to close Greek deportation detention centres and provide more humane treatment for immigrants.

Anti-trafficking programmes give a humanitarian gloss to national anti-immigration controls, but the citizenship and immigration policies of nation-states are still the biggest danger facing many migrants today.

David Cameron's 'cast-iron' pledge to lower immigration to the 'tens of thousands' was left in tatters after the figure reached 298,000 in 2014.

The personal details of all 20 leaders at the recent G20 summit in Australia have been accidentally leaked by the Australian immigration department. Despite being notified of the high-profile breach four months ago, it neglected to inform anyone.

The Jewish Agency on Sunday harshly criticized the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews over its decision to facilitate Ukrainian immigration to Israel by itself, saying the move ultimately hurts olim.

In “A Way Out on Immigration Reform” (Op-Ed, March 18), Alan K. Simpson and Bruce A. Morrison proffered a way to jump-start immigration reform.

WASHINGTON -- Last Friday, immigration advocates met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña and brought up some concerns, including a surprising statement she made the day before that seemed wholly at odds with the administration's policies.

Republican and potential 2016 candidate reportedly embraced of pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants at private dinner

Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker embraced a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants at a recent private dinner in New Hampshire, according to a report published on Thursday in the Wall Street Journal.

Almost 80% of UK residents think the number of migrants coming into the country should be reduced, and 59% want a big drop, says a new survey.

Living in China is becoming easier for foreign nationals who are looking to move here. The country is actively exploring the feasibility of a new "skilled immigrant" policy as efforts to attract overseas talents continue.

The U.S. government on Thursday asked an appeals court to lift a temporary hold on President Obama's executive action to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, arguing it can't wait for the judge who blocked the action to make a ruling on a similar request.

Labour has promised to introduce new time limits on the detention of people trapped in the asylum and immigration system in a move that would bring Britain into line with most other western countries by banning indefinite detention.

Republicans in Congress voiced strong objections Tuesday in response to a scathing Homeland Security investigation that found a senior official appeared to give special treatment to politically-connected applicants when he ran a little-known federal program that offers visas to those who invest $500,000 in a job-creating business.

 Twenty-one years ago, California voters decided overwhelmingly — 59% of them — to deny public services for immigrants who came here illegally. That included refusing to educate kids.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) clients are periodically targeted by scammers. Most recently, a fake CBSA letter has been circulating that requests funds from immigration applicants. This fake letter makes use of the CBSA logo. This scam occurs every few months and is used by different scammers.

The Nigeria Immigration Service has said it will adopt the Computer-Based Test for its recruitment examination.

WASHINGTON — The director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday that she would support a law to require local law enforcement to hold immigrants for ICE even if they oppose doing so — seemingly flying in the face of recent efforts by the Obama administration to mend relationships with frustrated localities.

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) received this past Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Council headquarters, Mr Lodewijk Asscher, Minister of Social Affairs and Employment and vice Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

Moroccans who have paid for health insurance in Belgium can now retire in Morocco enjoying their health coverage, funded by the Belgian social security.

The Dutch newspaper "De Volkskrant" published an article on the unemployment in respect to nationalities in the Netherlands. Citing figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), "De Volkskrant" indicates that it is the Moroccan immigrants who are most affected.

The United States ranks near the bottom among major economies in terms of policies to allow hiring highly skilled immigrant workers, according to a study by a business lobbying group that supports relaxing immigration controls.

Scottish ministers have urged the UK government to reinstate work visas for foreign students after data showed that nearly half of all migrants to Scotland have been educated to degree level or higher.

Governor John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Making Progress Policy Conference in Washington last year.

With the foreign population in Japan expected to grow in the future, policymakers have an interest in promoting a more positive view of immigration. Current public opinion toward immigration in Japan, like in much of the rest of the world, is generally negative. But recent public opinion data shows that individuals who are more likely to come in contact with foreigners or who self-assess as being of high English speaking proficiency are more supportive of increases in immigration.

Pedro Rivera is 53 years old, Hispanic, and a retired military man. He's also part of a growing number of Hispanic Texans pushing for stronger immigration enforcement, including the passage of SB 185, which would stop cities from implementing policies banning local cops from asking immigration-related questions.

A court hearing has been set for April 17 on whether a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action should be lifted, a federal appeals court announced Tuesday.

At its meeting in Paris on 23 March, the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons appointed Doris Fiala (Switzerland, ALDE) as General rapporteur on Ending Immigration Detention of Children Campaign.

188,721 Moroccans were registered in the social security system in Spain at the end of February 2015, a figure up of nearly 1,900 affiliates compared to January, said Tuesday, March 24 the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security .

Thousands of international students were rejected for permanent residence this winter, caught up in changes to Canada’s immigration system intended to speed up recruitment of skilled workers but criticized as leading to uncertainty for prospective immigrants and employers.

LONDON – Indian-American author Akhil Sharma won the 40,000 pound ($60,000) Folio Prize for fiction Monday with “Family Life,” the autobiographical story of an immigrant family floundering in America that took him almost 13 years to write.

Police departments across the country are looking to put immigrants on its workforce, USA Today reported. Most agencies require officers to be U.S. citizens, but some are allowing green card holders and other immigrants legally allowed to work in the country to join the ranks.

 The number of students graduating with STEM degrees already far exceeds the number of STEM jobs available but powerful interests in the business community are pushing Congress to allow more foreign skilled workers into the country.

Rick Santorum isn’t just against illegal immigration. The potential Republican presidential candidate also would like to reduce the number of legal immigrants who come to this country each year.

When I was growing up in the 1980s, I watched my grandfather — my dad’s stepdad — struggle with his own prejudice. He was a blue-collar World War II veteran who loved his family above all things and was constantly afraid for them. He carried a gun and, like many men of his generation, saw threats in people he didn’t understand:

Sen. Ted Cruz announced a bid for the White House on Monday, drawing praise from grass-roots conservatives but a fierce backlash from Hispanic groups that said they were appalled at the prospect of the first Hispanic to announce for president this cycle being such a firm champion of a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Governors and attorneys general representing 26 states Monday formally urged a federal appeals court not to stay a judge's injunction barring President Barack Obama from going forward with a series of immigration policy changes aimed at giving quasi-legal status and work permits to millions more illegal immigrants.

It is sometimes claimed that there has been no discussion about immigration. On the contrary, for at least a generation it has been talked about relentlessly.

REGINA - Saskatchewan is streamlining rules for entrepreneurs who want to immigrate to the province.

The French court will make its decision on September 21st in the trial against the National Society of railways (SNCF) by 832 railway employees of Moroccan origin, who claim to have been blocked in their careers and penalized in retirement.

The Danish government has unveiled a plan meant to promote access to employment for new immigrants and asylum seekers, far behind in the labor market.

The outstanding contribution of women of Moroccan immigration in Canada was put forward at a meeting held on Saturday in Dar Al-Maghrib in Montreal, in the presence of a large female audience who came to celebrate and honor women, their sacrifices and their rich contributions to the development of Canadian society.

Speaking on this occasion, the Ambassador of Morocco in Ottawa Nouzha Chekrouni welcomed the organization of this meeting, initiated by the Forum of the Moroccan community resident in Canada (FCMRC), which is a celebration of immigrant Moroccan women and their contributions to the enrichment of Canadian society, adding that the recognition and appreciation of different cultures is an effective way against the uprooting and ensures a better integration into the host society.

“The integration of immigrants in host societies is part of a process that involves inserting into three major areas: institutional, economic and socio-community”, said Chekrouni, noting that Moroccan women have proved over the years to have an exemplary integration capacity in these three spheres.

In this sense, Chekrouni said that Canada has many Moroccan immigrant women who managed to leave their mark in various fields (academic, economic, political, media, social or cultural), noting that the Moroccan women (Muslim or Jewish) contribute through the networks they establish and their involvement in the social fabric and cultural activities, to the emancipation and development of the Moroccan and Arab women in general.

Immigrant Moroccan women are an "active force" to promote the universal principles and values, she argued, adding that they have demonstrated their ability to adapt, to produce and contribute to economic growth and to the cultural enrichment of their host countries”.

“Their success is the result of hard work and a remarkable persistence and determination”, she said, arguing that women should serve as a model for others who chose to immigrate to Canada in search of a better life but face problems of non-recognition of diplomas, lack of experience, difficulties to break through the professional bodies, which results in a higher rate of unemployment among immigrant women in general.

The meeting was also an opportunity for Chekrouni to highlight the significant efforts made by Morocco as part of its new migration policy, initiated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

She therefore recalled the substantial reforms made by Morocco for the promotion of women's rights, adding that the dynamics that led in 2011 to the adoption of a new constitution have laid the foundation of equality between men / women, in addition to other achievements in favor of women (the Family Code, the Nationality Code etc).

For her part, the General Secretary of FCMRC, Nafisa Abarbach said that this meeting is a tribute to all Moroccan immigrant women in Canada, highlighting the key role they have played and continue to play in Canadian society.

“Morocco's history is full of examples of women who have contributed to the development of the Kingdom and its influence on national and international stages”, adding that it’s not surprising that immigrant Moroccan women are so bold, persevering and motivated to succeed in their country of immigration and play a fundamental role in the host society.

The Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, Kathleen Weil praised the outstanding contribution of immigration to Quebec society thanks to the strong potential of immigrants which include these talented Moroccan women contributing to the development of Quebec, whose wealth lies in its diversity.

She further highlighted the new policy of Quebec’s immigration and inclusion, stressing the need for the full participation of all and collective action to transcend the barriers that hinder the integration of immigrants, particularly in the labor market.

This meeting was punctuated by testimonies from immigrant Moroccan women in Canada who have managed to stand out in their respective areas of action, as they shared with the audience their journeys, the obstacles they had to overcome to better integrate and be recognized in the host country.


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Per Jönsson, a middle east expert at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, described the move as a "major escalation".

Members of Identity Ireland, which advocates for tighter immigration controls and an exit from the European Union, gathered at Jury’s Inn Hotel on Parnell Street to hear an address from the group’s founding member Peter O’Loughlin.

Eurotunnel, which runs trains between Folkestone and Calais, revealed that most car drivers.

A number of protesters at the Yongah Hill detention facility in Northam have been removed from the facility by the Australian Federal Police after up to 30 people reportedly took to the rooftops for a second night of protesting.

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