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Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has instructed immigration officials to launch a one-year pilot program that will allow inland spousal sponsorship applicants to receive a work permit more quickly, Kevin Ménard told CBC News in an email.

A record 17,000 anti-Islamic protesters rallied for their tenth demonstration in as many weeks Monday in eastern Germany, celebrating the rise of their far-right populist movement by singing Christmas carols.

Cantor Fitzgerald, a leading global financial services firm, announced that equity research analyst Youssef Squali has been recognized in TipRanks’ second best Analysts on Wall Street ranking.

Einstein is being invoked these days in Stockholm. His probably apocryphal saying that insanity is doing the same thing again and again while expecting different results has a special resonance in Swedish politics.

Monday, 22 December 2014 12:01

Canada Wants Refugees to Go West

Government Aims to Use Immigration Policy to Support Economic Growth

Overseas students could be sent back to their home countries after their courses finish under new plans reportedly being considered by Home Secretary Theresa May.

It began the year as a relatively quiet issue. Then along came the Ukip surge, a shock European election and two Conservative defections. Here we look back at the last 12 months of immigration.

President Barack Obama has -- in just a few weeks and in spectacular fashion -- turned the tables on US policy toward Latin America, neglected by Washington for much of this century, AFP reports.

The head of the Iranian republic Hassan Rouhani has finally approved the proposal made by the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed Jawad Darif calling for the appointment of seven new ambassadors in a number of countries, including Morocco.

Rabat (MWN)- The General Consulate of Belgium in Casablanca will be closing its doors temporarily and reorganized for financial reasons, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium.

Monday, 22 December 2014 11:36

Nine Migrants Die Off Tangier's Coast

Rabat(Map) – Nine migrants died, including 3 babies, when their inflatable boat sank off the northern coats of Tangier and Fnideq, local authorities said.

Associative actors of the Moroccan community abroad announced, Friday, the creation of the Moroccans of the World Forum.

Moroccan Yassine Regragui, 26 has been appointed Business Development Manager at Alibaba, the world’s biggest E-commerce group.

Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, Prseident of the Chamber of Advisors received Saturday, December 20, 2014 in Rabat, a group of young Moroccan professionals established in France.

Moroccan visual artist Aziza Alaoui was presented in London with the World Citizen Artists prize organized this year under the theme of peace.

IOM has chosen this year Morocco to celebrate International Migrants Day. This is a strong sign lavished by the international organization for Morocco, both a country of emigration and a land of immigration.

Swiss voters rejected a ­referendum requiring their central bank to hold a portion of its assets in gold, a measure President Thomas ­Jordan termed an "invitation to speculators" that could have hurt the economy. Bullion fell to a three-week low.

Friday, 19 December 2014 12:19

Denmark passes dual citizenship bill

Thursday marked "a great day for expats" as the Danish parliament agreed to implement dual citizenship. The Local spoke to supporters and detractors of dual citizenship about the change.

Washington (AP)— Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet.

Native-born Americans are making up a smaller percentage of those living in some areas of the U.S. as immigration moves to become the key factor in population growth within the next quarter-century, according to a new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts that examined county-level census data.

This week's passing into law of Australia's Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation. Experts say it reflects global trends of treating migration as a security problem, and acknowledging that might be an important avenue for Southeast Asian regional policy development.

Lawmaker Geert Wilders is to face prosecution for inciting racial hatred after a speech calling for "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands. Wilders has said he stands by his comments.

Rabat (Map) – The Government Council adopted, Thursday, the draft strategy on migration and asylum. This draft was adopted following a presentation by the Minister in charge of Moroccans expatriates and migration, Communication minister and Spokesperson for the government Mustapha El Khalfi said in a press conference following the weekly cabinet meeting.

Today is International Migrants Day, celebrated annually to promote the protection of the rights of migrant workers and their families.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:32

Estonian government increases immigration quota

The Estonian government set with its decree the Estonian 2015 immigration quota at 1,322 persons, which forms 0.1% of Estonia's permanent population, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.

John Lydon is no fan of Ukip, having previously described the party as “a black hole for the ignorant to fall into”.

Vancouver, (Reuters) - Canada is looking for 50 wealthy foreigners to join a pilot run of an immigration program for millionaires, although applicants will have to be far richer than those who entered under a previous scheme and will also need language skills to get in.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:57

Revenues Of Moroccans Living Abroad On The Rise

The flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) reached nearly 26.1 billion dirhams in late November 2014, against 23.6 billion dirhams a year earlier, an increase of 10.5 per cent, according to the Office of exchange.

Morocco's ambassador to Spain, Mohammed Fadel Benyaich, called the Moroccan community in the autonomous region of Andalusia (Southern Spain) to do more to defend the national cause and to counter propagandist speeches of the Kingdom’s enemies.

To celebrate "50 years of Moroccan immigration in Belgium", the cultural center Espace Magh in Brussels and the Wallonia-Brussels Delegation in Rabat will be screening two documentary films related to immigration.

The reaction follows the news that the referendum on immigration has been comfortably rejected by its population, ensuring expatriates from across the world can continue to make the most of the European country.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 12:27

Europe's main leaders far apart on immigration

In less than three weeks, Britain's David Cameron and France's Francois Hollande have set out starkly contrasting approaches to immigration, while Angela Merkel has warned fellow Germans against manipulation by far-right xenophobes.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 12:27

Denmark: Eritrea Immigration Report Deeply Flawed

A Danish immigration report on Eritrea that suggests changing refugee policy for Eritrean asylum seekers is deeply flawed. Denmark and other European governments should await the outcome of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea, established in June 2014, before considering any major policy changes concerning Eritrea.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration unconstitutional, but the decision came in a criminal case, leaving its broader impact uncertain.

French President François Hollande delivered a rare and passionate defence of the benefits of immigration as he formally inaugurated France’s first immigration museum, seven years after its hushed opening under his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.

Strasbourg  – The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe awarded its 2014 prize to André Azoulay, Advisor to King Mohammed VI and outgoing President of the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 11:32

EU to support Morocco’s Immigration Policy

Brussels(Map) – The EU intends to back substantially the new Moroccan immigration and asylum policy which has clear goals and provides for concrete actions, mainly in terms of immigrant integration and the recognition of refugee status.

(Sputnik) — Approximately 50 percent of Danish citizens consider the tone of the national debate on foreigners too radical, but the overall attitude toward immigration remains negative among the majority of Danes, the Local Denmark said Monday.

South Korea might need as many as 15 million immigrants—equivalent to a third of its current population–by 2060 to make up for a shrinking workforce and sustain growth, according to a Seoul-based private think tank.

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Germans on Monday not to be duped by far-right rhetoric, amid concern about the growing number of people flocking to anti-Islam demonstrations in the country.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:49

Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP

President Obama is bracing for a political and legal battle with Republicans next year over his executive actions on immigration, but as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants.

The man behind the deadly 16-hour hostage standoff in Sydney arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1996, seeking asylum from the Iranian regime. In the years since, Man Haron Monis became a self-styled cleric and fell afoul of the law on multiple occasions. He was out on bail after being charged last year as an accessory to the murder of his wife.

Paris (AP) — President François Hollande on Monday praised the contributions that immigrants have made to France and criticized those generating fear of foreigners, an apparent reference to the growing voice and influence of the far-right National Front.

British employers will face jail sentences if they employ immigrant labour on poorer conditions to locals if Labour wins power, the party’s leader, Ed Miliband has declared, in his latest bid to respond to voters’ fears.

Rabat (Map)– The 12th session of the Morocco-EU Association Council will be held on December 16 in Brussels, with the participation of a large Moroccan delegation chaired by Foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar.

The Minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad and migration affairs, Anis Birou stressed "the need to promote the right conditions to ensure the contribution of the Moroccan skills to various development projects launched in Morocco ".

Moroccan national Zaki Moussaoui has been appointed director of Power Systems Architecture at Tech giant Apple.

The Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture (IRCAM) hosted this Friday, December 12, 2014, the screening of the documentary film directed by Tarik El Idrissi, "Rif 58-59, breaking the silence," which describes the suffering of the people of the Rif provinces during the years 1958-1959.

This documentary, produced with the support of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) and several other institutions including the National Council for Human Rights CNDH, aims to convey the magnitude of the suffering incurred during the 1950's.


The synopsis of the film was largely based on a series of painful live testimonies and the views of researchers on the details of what actually happened in the Rif in that period.

Tarik El Idrissi had already directed in 2012 the film "the road turns", which chronicles the Spanish occupation of the Moroccan Rif in the 1920s.

After concerns that people wearing Islamic dress could be harassed, Sydney locals have been using Twitter to offer to travel with them.

MALAGA, Spain — In 2000 Yasmina Bencherif moved with her parents from their home in Morocco to La Garriga, a town in the outskirts of Barcelona. She was one of many in that decade to look toward Spain for their future.

LOS ANGELES — They pushed strollers, tugged toddlers and streamed into the convention center in the heart of this city on Sunday, thousands of immigrants here illegally and anxious to find out if they could gain protection from deportation under executive actions by President Obama.

There is a new intellectual force in France - giving shape and weight to ideas that challenge the disastrous post-1968 left-wing consensus.

Sweden Democrats insist that they have shed their racist past. David Crouch goes to their stronghold in Kristianstad to find the truth about the party that brought down a government.

Jean-Claude Juncker has slapped down David Cameron for his constant attacks on EU migrants.

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELLS - The two main themes of the plenary Assembly of local and regional authorities of the Mediterranean (Arlem) scheduled on December 14 and 15 in Antalya, Turkey, will be new macro-regional strategies in the Mediterranean and a bigger say for local authorities in the management of immigration phenomena.

(Reuters) - A majority of Germans think Angela Merkel's government is paying too little attention to concern about immigration and asylum seekers that has prompted weekly marches in the city of Dresden, according to a poll.

Ouarzazate (Map) – Spain's third largest airline, Air Europa, operated its first direct flight connecting Madrid to Ouarzazate in south-eastern Morocco on Thursday.

The Utrecht court of appeal in the Netherlands ruled against the Dutch government's decision to reduce child allowances of retired Dutch-Moroccans who have resettled in Morocco.

Comedian and campaigner Russell Brand has called UKIP leader Nigel Farage a "pound shop Enoch Powell", during a debate on immigration.

Outsourcing company wins further five-year contract despite controversy over centres it runs, particularly on Christmas Island.

Friday, 12 December 2014 11:05

A brief history of immigration in Sweden

Sweden faces a snap election for the first time since 1958. The far-right Sweden Democrats refuse to cooperate with anyone that doesn't slash immigration.

AUSTIN, TEXAS (AP) – Four more states have joined a Texas-led coalition suing the Obama administration over executive action on immigration.

DETROIT (AP)-- A Chicago-area Arab community activist has been released from a Michigan jail to await her sentence for failing to tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction for bombings that killed two people in Israel in 1969.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) celebrates, for the first time in Morocco, the International Day for Migration, from December 12 to 18, at the Cultural Centre in Rabat Agdal, said Thursday a statement of this organization.

The Mayor of Rotterdam, of Moroccan origin, Ahmed Aboutaleb, was named "Dutchman of the Year" by the magazine 'Elsevier".

The number of Moroccans living legally in Spain, as of July 1, 2014, is estimated to 697,074 people, according to figures released Wednesday by the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE).

Moroccans living in Algeria are no longer entitled to permanent residence permit, which will be replaced by a renewable one.

PARIS — The French port city of Calais has become ground zero for an explosion in immigration, as asylum seekers blocked from crossing the English Channel to Britain settle into overcrowded, makeshift camps that have become their permanent homes.

Latinos favor President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration by a more than 2-to-1 margin, in contrast to a slight majority of Americans overall, who oppose it, according to a new Gallup poll.

OTTAWA – The number of Syrian refugees brought to Canada in the past 18 months isn’t as abysmal as it could be – but that’s thanks largely to Quebec, which has its own immigration system.

Rabat – Spanish sovereignty over Ceuta and Melilla, two Spanish enclaves in northern Morocco, is threatened, says a new report from the Spanish Institute Elcano.

The Consulate General of Morocco in Amsterdam organized on Tuesday evening, a tribute ceremony to a group of immigrants of the first generation of Moroccans living in the Netherlands for their invaluable sacrifices in the service of their host and origin countries but also for the current generations of immigrants.

While President Barack Obama reassured a small audience of immigrants gathered in a Nashville community center Tuesday that his recent executive order would provide a reprieve from deportation, he also delivered what, by now, has become a regular challenge to Congress:

Prime Minister David Cameron has backed a new fund to help areas such as Boston cope with the demands placed on services by immigration.

A march in Dresden that drew 10,000 people has capped a winter of anti-immigration demonstrations in Germany’s cities and prompted condemnation from a nervous government.

Bavaria is renowned for its world-famous 'Oktoberfest' which attracts hundreds of thousands of foreigners each year. Last week, however, the Christian Social Union (CSU), which rules the state, made clear that only a certain type of foreigner is welcome to stay for longer: Those who speak German.

Amina Bouayach and Amina Lotfi, two activists involved in defending women's rights and freedom, were awarded, on Monday in Rabat, the insignia of the Knight of National Order of the Legion of Honor of the Republic of France in recognition of their actions in favor of the promotion of human rights.

With the support of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), the Association of Ivorian professionals in Morocco (ASPRIM) held this Saturday, December 6, 2014 in Rabat, a round table on the theme: "the professional Ivorian in Morocco: a player in South-South cooperation."

The Refugee Action Coalition says a hunger strike by asylum seekers at Australia's detention centre in Papua New Guinea ended after intimidation from Australian immigration staff.

Rabat(Map) – Morocco is a gateway to Africa and the Arab world, Mexico’s Deputy Foreign Secretary, Carlos de Icaza Gonzalez said.

The Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans living abroad has published a guidebook detailing the rights of the Moroccan community in France.

Rabat – French newspaper Les Echo has chosen Oukaimden, Marrakech among the best skiing destinations in the world.

A tribute was paid to several active members of the Moroccan community in Norway, during an event commemorating cultural diversity organized Sunday in Oslo.

Cultural diversity is a factor that helps to enrich the exchange between Morocco and Norway, said Morocco's ambassador in Oslo, Saadia El Alaoui.

The Arab World Institute (IMA) and the Berber Museum located in the heart of the Majorelle garden in Marrakesh organized on Saturday, December 6, 2014 in Paris, a conference focused on "Moroccan Berber migrations."

Ahmed Siraj, historian and representative of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), presented a historical overview of the origins and the migration waves of the Moroccan Amazigh and outlined the activities and projects undertaken by the CCME in order to promote the heritage and memory of migration.

The conference was launched by Mr. Jack Lang, president of the IMA and Pierre Bergé, president of the Foundation Majorelle Garden.

Before wrapping up the meeting, the public attended the screening of the documentary film "Tinghir-Jerusalem, Echoes of Mellah", directed in 2012 by Kamal Hachkar, professor of history and director.

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Interview with Fouad Ahidar, Senior Vice President of the Brussels Parliament.

We have received, with great sadness, the news of the death of Mr. Abdellah Baha, Minister of State, in a train accident in the area of Bouznika on Sunday December7th, 2014.

Moroccans living abroad (MRE) make up a financial issue and major development for Rabat, notes the Pax Christi organization in a recent study under the evocative title: "The Moroccans residing abroad, a gold mine for Rabat ".

The political participation of Moroccans living abroad in their country of origin has been the focus of a conference organized by the Justice and Development Party (PJD) –section of France-, Saturday evening in Paris.

Residents wait at the bus stop in the Ronna neighborhood, where Syrian and Iraqi refugees are concentrated in Södertalje, Sweden. The Swedish city is known for its open-door policy toward refugees, especially Christian Syrians and Iraqis. People of Middle Eastern origin make up 30,000 of the town's 90,000 residents. (Redux/Pulitzer Center)

WASHINGTON — In a symbolic gesture of disapproval, House Republicans last week approved a bill to nullify President Barack Obama’s executive order shielding millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation.

DRESDEN, Germany — As it does every Advent, this history-laden city has erected the gift stalls, the glühwein stands and the Ferris wheel of Germany’s oldest Christmas market, around the Frauenkirche, the 18th-century church that was magnificently rebuilt after the Allies’ catastrophic bombing in 1945.

JERUSALEM – Israeli police have shut down around 30 nightclubs frequented by undocumented African immigrants and asylum-seekers in southern Tel Aviv, local press reports said Friday, in a macro-operation that also saw numerous arrests and confiscation of illegal substances.

Monday, 08 December 2014 09:52

Malaysia's unwanted immigrants

Forbidden from working or sending their children to school, many immigrants struggle to survive in society's shadows.

Rabat (Map)- An official delegation from the Moroccan House of Representatives will travel to the Netherlands in the next few days in order to review the Dutch government's position regarding joint agreements between the two countries and their impact on the Moroccan community.

These figures seem scarcely credible. And yet, they are relentless: according to the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children, half of migrant children who set a foot on European soil disappear in the wild within 48 hours. Left to themselves.

Canadian François Crépeau accuses Government of putting migrants’ lives at risk

Friday, 05 December 2014 11:56

House rebukes Obama on immigration

Washington (AP) — Emboldened House Republicans issued a stern but symbolic rebuke to President Barack Obama over immigration Thursday, passing a bill declaring his executive actions to curb deportations "null and void and without legal effect."

Sydney: Australia's conservative government on Friday further tightened immigration laws by introducing controversial temporary visas for refugees which do not allow them to settle permanently in the country.

The left of center government of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has been forced to call new elections less than three months after taking office. Unable to pass a budget through the Rikstag (parliament), Lofven faced a choice of either resigning or calling snap elections, slated for March 22, 2015. Although the budget was the trigger, most observers believe that immigration policy is at the root of the fall. David Crouch of the UK Guardian explains:

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