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WASHINGTON (CNN) —The House is moving toward a vote on an all-or-nothing measure that ties funding for the Department of Homeland Security to the roll-back of President Barack Obama's immigration overhaul -- but it could face trouble, this time from moderate Republicans.

HONG KONG — Hong Kong is putting on hold an investor immigration plan that has granted residency in the city to more than 20,000 Mainland Chinese in the last decade.

The Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans living abroad will be launching on January, 19 at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco in Rabat, the online platform, a Moroccan virtual cultural center, on the occasion of the World Day of the 101st migrants and Refugees.

The Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), revealed that more than 50 anti-Muslim incidents have been reported across France in less than a week since the terrorist attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 13:33

Angela Merkel to Join Muslim Tolerance Rally

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is feported to be joining a Muslim community rally Tuesday to foster religious tolerance and stave off rising Islamaphobia in the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Paris.

PARIS -- As France rallies in favor of tolerance and freedom of expression after the terrorist attacks of last week, some French fear that the backlash will damage precisely those values, in the country with the biggest Muslim population in Europe.

DRESDEN, Germany A middle aged man waved his sign in front of television cameras and snorts to whoever will listen: The idiots in Berlin called us Nazis. Ha.

Sarkozy says immigration will be the subject of 'extremely deep debate'.

The White House says it is ready to veto the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill, if it includes any measures to block President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, RIA Novosti reported.

German anti-Islam group Pegida has presented a six-point plan demanding clear immigration rules, an end to “absurd” EU controls and direct democracy in Germany through referenda.

ZURICH—Calls to curb immigration from Muslim countries to Switzerland have risen since last week’s terror spree in Paris, the latest evidence that anti-Islam sentiment is rising in one of Europe’s most tolerant countries.

Immigration must not be associated with terrorism as these are two completely different phenomena, believes Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity), cites LETA.

The representativeness of Moroccans of the world in the 1st chamber is claimed by the parties of the majority and the opposition. For now, the three parliamentary groups have not yet made a decision about the treatment of these texts. Especially that these three proposals address the same subject.

Twelve people were massacred in Paris on Wednesday merely for expressing their opinion through art. Many might not like the art that prompted the carnage. They may consider it obscene and even an attack on their faith. But in the 21st, 15th or 57th century - whatever your religion, calendar, or country - there is no excuse or justification for responding to art with murder.

Syrians will stay in Turkey for an extended period of time, with some potentially spending their entire life in Turkey, a new report titled “The Effects of the Syrian Refugees on Turkey” has stated, adding that the government should therefore formulate a comprehensive immigration policy for the future.

WASHINGTON — House Republicans introduced legislation Friday that would roll back President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, undoing a provision that would allow five million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country and one that protects young people brought to the United States illegally by a parent.

JERUSALEM — A cartoon published Friday in the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz showed a plane labeled “Air Jihad” on the tarmac of Israel’s international airport, discharging a crowd of flag-waving French Jewish immigrants while an official greeter holds up a welcome sign.

Politicians in Germany are pushing for a new immigration law. They argue the rise of the anti-Islamization group PEGIDA is a sign the public has lost faith in the regulation of immigrants.

With immigration on (or near) the top of everyone’s minds in the U.S. lately, I thought it would be helpful to take a look at immigration’s effect on Brazil. A continuous inflow of highly qualified immigrants is a key factor in any country’s development. By attracting and retaining talent, an economy benefits from new entrepreneurs and the businesses and jobs they create. Brazil is beginning to reap the benefits of a recent inflow of highly skilled professional immigrants, and is looking for new ways to maintain that growth and attract even more successful foreigners.

The revamped Canadian immigration programme that came into effect from January 1 this year could be the answer to many waiting to immigrate to the North American country.

A Greenpeace senior campaigner was “offloaded” at Delhi airport from a flight to London where she was scheduled to make a presentation before British MPs regarding alleged human rights violation at Mahan in Madhya Pradesh.

One of the things tourists hate about traveling is having to queue up at the immigration on arrival. For UAE passengers wishing to travel to the United States, they may no longer have to show their visa and passport to the immigration officer after landing.

Sokoto — A total of 631 foreigners who were illegally residing in the country were repatriated by the Sokoto State command of the Nigeria Immigration Service last year.

Rabat (MWN)– On September 2013, Morocco has adopted a new asylum policy that allows for the regularisation of refugees who were recognised under UNHCR’s mandate and provides them with a Moroccan refugee card and a residence permit.

The international firm Henley & Partners, a global leader in the planning of the residence and citizenship, has just published its latest report on the 2014 index visa restrictions.

Moroccan culture and art will be featured in the Mexican city of Merida on the occasion of the Moroccan arts and cultural week organized within the activities of the "Merida Fest 2015" that were launched Friday.

Several people gathered Friday night outside the offices of the AFP in Rabat for a sit-in of mourning and solidarity with Charlie Hebdo. Moroccans, but also several French and foreign nationals participated in the event.

The populist and anti-immigrant parties surging in the polls across much of Europe did not even wait to find out the identity of the attackers before deciding exactly who to blame for the massacre of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. Within hours of the assault on the French satirical magazine, far-right politicians had variously pointed the finger at migrants, refugees and Islam.

The UKIP leader is accused of attempting to exploit yesterday's brutal massacre, in which 12 people were shot dead, and this morning's shooting in which a policewoman was killed, to gain the political upper-hand.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are calling for a broader debate and changes to immigration law after criticism that her government has not done enough to explain to Germans the need for immigrants and let too many unskilled workers in.

Tunis, — The Navy units thwarted, on Wednesday, two illegal immigration attempts of Tunisians off Nabeul and Haouaria.

Friday, 09 January 2015 10:57

Russia clamps down on illegal immigration

New immigration laws set to go into effect Jan. 10 will target foreign citizens who overstay the legal period of residence in Russia.

Following the gruesome terrorist attack on satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in Paris, the Council of the Moroccan community abroad (CCME) strongly condemns this revolting act of violence, and stands with the international community in mourning the loss of twelve people, including journalists and several security forces.

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered only faint hope that David Cameron will find a “common solutions” to concerns raised by the UK about the functioning of the European Union.

Everyone from World leaders to journalists and worldwide citizens have expressed horror at the deadly attack Wednesday by gunmen on the Paris offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

The Muslim Council of France, and of Britain have denounced the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo. The imam of the mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, has said:

“This is a thunderous declaration of war. The times have changed. We’re entering a new phase of this confrontation… we are horrified by the brutality and the savagery”

"I don't understand how people can attack a newspaper with heavy weapons. A newspaper is not a weapon of war." — Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Gerard Biard to France Inter radio.

"The fact that this was an attack on journalists, attack on our free press, also underscores the degree to which these terrorists fear freedom of speech and freedom of the press." — President Barack Obama.

"Regardless of the motive, homicidal violence is abominable and never justified. Life and human dignity must be guaranteed with decisiveness, and every instigation of hatred refuted and respect cultivated." — Pope Francis, according to the Vatican spokesman.

"We condemn ... this hateful, criminal act. ... While the terrorists are intensifying their acts to exacerbate the confrontation inside our country, both Muslim and Christians have to intensify their actions to give more strength to this dialogue, to make a united front against extremism." — Mohammed Moussaoui, president of the Union of French mosques.

Gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in what appears to be a militant Islamist attack.

Four of the magazine's well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers.

A major police operation is under way to find three gunmen who fled by car.

President Francois Hollande said there was no doubt it had been a terrorist attack "of exceptional barbarity".

It is believed to be the deadliest attack in France since 1961, when right-wingers who wanted to keep Algeria French bombed a train, killing 28 people.

The masked attackers opened fire with assault rifles in the office and exchanged shots with police in the street outside before escaping by car. They later abandoned the car in Rue de Meaux, northern Paris, where they hijacked a second car.

In a message to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Benkirane condemned this horrible attack and said he was appalled by the criminal and terrorist act against French citizens, said a statement by the Head of government’s office.

 Benkirane, who voiced his full solidarity with Valls as well as with the French people, said that Islam is a religion of coexistence, tolerance and peace and not a religion of crime and revenge, commending Valls’ stand of rejecting any linking between terrorism and Islam.

 The Head of government also asked Valls to convey his condolences to the victims’ families, wishing peace and security to the French people and all the people around the globe.

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The Immigration Department and the Hong Kong Police Force yesterday (January 7) jointly mounted an anti-illegal employment operation codenamed Windsand in Sheung Shui District.

It looks like Theresa May’s Home Office plans to restrict visas of foreign graduates have been derailed by George Osborne.

President Obama pressed Mexico’s president on Tuesday to work alongside the U.S. government to prevent a new surge of illegal immigrants.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 11:33

Republicans weigh options on immigration

House GOP leaders huddled with rank-and-file members Wednesday in search of a strategy for blocking President Obama's recent executive action on immigration policy.

London (Prensa Latina) British Prime Minister David Cameron, today analyze topics related to immigration in the European Union (EU), the Ukrainian crisis and the next G-7 summit with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, visiting this capital.

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon turned back Syrians trying to cross the border Monday under strict new visa regulations, saying it simply cannot handle any more people displaced by the ongoing civil war.

The entrepreneur is banging his drum again about the Government's 'shortsighted vote chasing'. Shame more don't join him.

MIAMI – A total of 481 illegal Cuban immigrants reached or were found on U.S. territory in December 2014, a 117 percent increase compared to the same month a year ago, the U.S. Coast Guard has reported.

BERLIN — The appearance of thousands of anti-immigrant marchers in Dresden has galvanized both sides of the immigration debate in Germany and reignited a discussion about national identity.

Famed French author Michel Houellebecq’s new book “Soumission” or submission will hit bookstores on Wednesday but has already generated uproar prior to its publication.

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 10:44

Contemporary Moroccan Film Week in Catalonia

The film library of Catalonia in Barcelona will host from the 13 to 23 January 2015, the days of contemporary Moroccan cinema in which films on the theme of human rights will be screened.

Due to the increasing number of young candidates going for jihad in Syria or Iraq, the Cooperative Union of Moroccan Dutch (NMS) has launched a hotline to advise their families.

Landmark German cathedral switched off its lights on Monday evening to protest an anti-Muslim rallying. The move aims to show dismay at growing movement under the banner of Pegida, or “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West”.

Italian authorities disembarked some 360 cold and hungry migrants Saturday from a ship abandoned by its crew.

Drop in Indian and Pakistani students of 23.5% and 13.4% partly due to growing perception that Britain is not a welcoming place.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Britain next week for talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.

Sen. Ted Cruz has vowed to make the road to implementing the executive order on immigration very rough for President Barack Obama – so rough, that perhaps the destination will not be reached.

Less than two months after granting deportation amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, President Obama will huddle with Mexico’s president Tuesday seeking ways to prevent more migrants from crossing the U.S. border in search of a free pass.

New York- Immigration advocates are hoping to accomplish big things for the roughly 750,000 illegal immigrants living in New York State.

Protesters marched in several German cities on Monday against higher levels of immigration and what they see as the growing influence of Islam, in defiance of an appeal from Chancellor Angela Merkel to spurn rallies she views as racist.

The day before anti-Muslim messages had been scrawled on the building and a failed Molotov cocktail thrown.

BERLIN — Although she is still popular at home and respected abroad, Chancellor Angela Merkel is entering 2015 facing fresh challenges in both arenas.

Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya'alon, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the cabinet meeting at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Washington — President Obama’s new immigration policies could affect as many as 5 million people, including the possibility of a three-year reprieve from the threat of deportation for parents of children with legal status.

Hamid Soussany is one of the founding members of the World’s Moroccans Forum (FMDM).This new body was created at the initiative of associative actors of the Moroccan diaspora, on December 19 in Rabat, on the occasion of the International Migrants Day.

Government officers protecting Australian airports will soon be allowed to carry weapons as part of the move to establish the Australian Border Force.

The Conservative government’s overhaul of Canada’s immigration system hits a milestone on Wednesday with the launch of a new system for selecting economic immigrants.

The Canadian federal government is revamping its immigration system, with a new fast-track computerised programme taking effect from January 1.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014 10:44

The New Reality Of U.S. Immigration

The $1.1 trillion spending bill the Senate passed this month will fund most of the federal government through September 2015—with the notable exception of the Department of Homeland Security, whose funding expires in February.

Moroccan scholar Moha Ennaji revealed his recent book release entitled “Muslim Moroccan Migrants in Europe: Transnational Migration in its Multiplicity” published by the prestigious American publisher Palgrave-Macmillan.

Belgian-Moroccan Hakima Darhmouch, Presenter of the "RTL info 19h" is the favorite news anchor of Belgians, according to a survey of Ipsos, with 44% approval rating.

President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Hans-Werner Sinn, has challenged a study claiming immigrants are bringing money to Germany. The economist said Germany is a "magnet for unqualified immigrants." Hans-Werner Sinn.

A report finds undecided young people may hold the key to the general election. And they care more about online privacy and housing than immigration and the EU.

The Ambassador of Morocco to the Netherlands, Mr. Abdelouahab Bellouki  and Mr Driss Ajbali, a leading member of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), inaugurated this Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 in Nieuwegein (province of Utrecht) the "Maroc expo" exhibition.

Immigration is the most important political issue to voters, pollsters say Public are more worried about Britain's borders than finances, YouGov say It's the first time since 2010 that the economy hasn't been the biggest issue.

STOCKHOLM (AFP)– Sweden may have narrowly avoided snap elections that would have been dominated by a debate on immigration, but with asylum seekers arriving in record numbers the issue is unlikely to stay off the agenda for long, analysts say.

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Saturday that immigration is good for the country and politicians must explain better that everyone stands to gain from it, in response to the rise of a new movement opposing an influx of Muslim immigrants.

Starting January 1, 2015, Canadian Visa Expert will prepare its customers for an improved immigration system called Express Entry to Canada; a system that will manage and expedite the selection process of Permanent Residence visa applications within six months or less.

Muscat - The Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate has said that his country is working to curb illegal immigration, especially with respect to the Gulf. In an interview with Muscat Daily, Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, also talked about measures to protect and promote welfare of Pakistan’s blue collar workers in the region.

Fresno, California(AP) – Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the leading U.S. grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama’s executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

The Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT) aims at making Rabat and Casablanca “global destinations” and to spend about MAD 18 billion to develop rural tourism albeit the economic crisis.

Monday, 29 December 2014 11:38

Estonia offers e-residency to foreigners

By the end of the year, people living anywhere in the world will be able to become ‘digital citizens’ without entering the physical country. But what does this mean? Nabeelah Shabbir reports.

While there is much talk in the news of jihad and the young people who go to fight in Syria, the actor and director Ismail Saidi, of Moroccan origin, chose to give this topic a humorous spin by directing and staging a play that tackles the issue.

Children gather outside the El Transito synagogue and Sephardic Museum in Toledo, Spain. Founded in 1357, the synagogue was converted into a church following the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492. Spain is now preparing to pass a law that would allow descendants of the expelled Jews to receive Spanish citizenship.

Friday, 26 December 2014 16:38

Quebec: Morocco, champion of Alpine skiing

Representing Morocco, the two young Moroccan-Canadian skiers, Adam and Sami Lamhamedi, members of the National Alpine Ski Team, won three medals in slalom and giant slalom competitions of the "Super Series Sports Experts" of the international Ski Federation (FIS).

An arsonist set fire to a mosque in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna on Thursday injuring five people.

Swedish ministers have condemned Thursday's arson attack on a mosque in the southeastern Swedish town of Eskilstuna, which injured five people.

An arsonist has set fire to a mosque in a town in central Sweden on Christmas Day, an incident which comes amid an intense debate over immigration.

Only 10 days after President Barack Obama announced in a prime-time address that millions of undocumented people would soon "be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation," an electronic bulletin reached inboxes across Washington.

According to the first results of an opinion poll conducted across the EU, immigration remains one of the main concerns of Europeans.

Just across the sea from the sunny tourist beaches of southern Spain where many Europeans spend their Christmas holidays, a violent crisis is intensifying on Europe’s borders with Africa.

The Immigration Department and the Hong Kong Police Force jointly mounted a series of anti-illegal employment operations codenamed Windsand on December 22, 23 and 24 in New Territories North District.

Immigration officials have launched a program in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley to give GPS devices to parents caught crossing the Mexican border illegally with their children.

Thursday, 25 December 2014 11:36

US : Immigration action jolts '16 races

President Obama's recent overhaul of his deportation rules has electrified the largely partisan debate over immigration policy heading into the next Congress.

Returning to his native Hawaii for his winter vacation, Obama was greeted by a handful of supporters who cheered him for his executive actions on immigration. The group, Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform, braved rain and wind Monday to hold signs thanking the president for his decision to shield up to several million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The Embassy of Morocco in Qatar held Monday night at the Diplomatic Club in Doha, a tribute ceremony to five deans of Moroccan immigrants living in this country in recognition of their important role in the development process of the Gulf State.

Maroc Expo, the largest Moroccan cultural exhibition in the Netherlands, will open December 27 in Home Boxx in the province of Utrecht.

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought against Barack Obama by an Arizona police chief who called the US president’s sweeping immigration reforms unconstitutional.

Rabat(MWN) – A recent poll suggested that the majority of highly-trained Moroccans have expressed readiness to leave Morocco and work abroad.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Thailand have agreed to step up their cooperation in the fight against illegal immigration and terror, the Chinese government said on Wednesday, as Thailand deals with an influx of Uighurs from China's unruly far western region of Xinjiang.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 12:15

New Mexico builders discuss immigration overhaul

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico construction companies are working with immigration rights advocates to discuss how a newly announced overhaul will affect their industry.

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