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In the first quarter of 2015, Austria saw the third-largest increase in the number of asylum seekers in the European Union. Up to 370 applications are registered daily, nearly half of which are from Syrians and Afghans.

More than 1.48 million Moroccans living abroad (MRE) have returned to Morocco since the launch of the operation "Marhaba 2015", on June 5th and until July 20, said the Minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad and migration affairs, Anis Birou.

In partnership with the CCME, the municipality of Midar in the Driouch province is set to host on 24 and 25 July 2015, its first Forum under the slogan "the countryside: Memory, Immigration and creativity."

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad is partner of major festival of laughter "Tangags" which is to be held from 3 to 9 August 2015 in Tangier.

Several Moroccan comedians from Europe will be taking part in this festival. More information will be provided later on.


A controversial immigration bill criticised as excessively lenient came under fire from the centre-Right opposition on Monday as France struggles to cope with the growing migrant crisis.

Education, particularly higher education, is one of this country’s great success stories. Every year thousands of students come here to learn and along the way they become lifelong friends of Britain.

The number of immigrants born outside Europe who came to live in this country after winning EU citizenship elsewhere has tripled in the last decade, a new report has confirmed.

The number of displaced people fleeing from war, conflict or persecution and looking for a better future in other countries has exceeded 59 million, the highest number since World War II, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Vulnerable children are at risk of having to represent themselves in immigration tribunals because they no longer qualify for legal aid, according to a report by the Children’s Society.

A new Media Matters report on the "single issue syndrome" found that Spanish-language Sunday shows continue to devote considerable attention to immigration at the apparent expense of issues equally important to the Latino community. In addition, although Latinos make up more than 17 percent of the U.S. population, only 4 percent of guests on English-language Sunday shows between January 4 and May 3, 2015 were Hispanic - a drop of 42 percent from their 2014 appearances over a similar time period.

An Internet rumor that hundreds of thousands of ethnic Korean residents are to be deported has seen immigration bureaus nationwide deluged with “tips” from bounty seekers and others about neighbors who in fact remain legal residents.

New Zealand annual net migration rose to a new record in June as arrivals continued to be bolstered by Chinese and Indian students, while fewer locals departed for Australia.

About 400 people met in Prague Saturday in protest against the EU, Islam and the recent immigration of refugees to Europe, and heard speaker Jan Jiskra calling on the government not to accept any refugees, to outlaw Islam and the sharia law and to protect Czech borders more toughly.

The Embassy of Morocco in Paris expressed its surprise at the intrusion of its headquarters, Monday afternoon, by seven people of sub-Saharan origin including 2 women who chanted slogans against the kingdom and especially against its migration policy.

New achievement for a student of Moroccan origin in the French Baccalaureate exams; Adeline Hakim, aged 17, a student at Jean Monnet high school in Cognac, got an overall "very good" distinction. But what is more praiseworthy is her mark in philosophy.

German TV has broadcast live Muslim Eid prayers from a mosque in a town near Munich, a move that is the first of its kind in the country’s history. The live coverage has also included speeches by Catholic and Protestant leaders.

As Ramadan ended, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Canada (CCCB) has published a brochure to explain Islam to Canadians entitled "Catholics and Muslims in Canada: believers and citizens in society."

The French parliament adopted on July 15, 2015, a reform of asylum to reduce the processing time of a record of applicants and improve reception conditions as the current system is out of breath.

The Minister of Social Affairs, Mohamed Ennaceur has announced it: a National Council for Tunisians abroad will be created.

Mobile application Snapchat's decision to dedicate its live stream to the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia went viral, with hundreds of thousands of tweets on the topic.

Initiated by Donna Auston, a doctoral student in anthropology, the #BlackMuslimRamadan hashtag on Twitter aims to highlight the diversity of the black Muslim community and its practices.

On the occasion of the national holiday on 14 July in France, the Moroccan activist Latifa Ibn Ziaten was made Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor.

Frustrated by Washington's inaction on immigration issues, California lawmakers are considering a measure to allow work permits for farmworkers living in the country illegally.

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz draws on his own background as the child of Polish immigrants to counter ‘negative’ rhetoric on immigration.

Foreign students will be banned from working in the UK while they study and will be forced to leave the country as soon as they finish their course under tough new rules unveiled by Theresa May, the Home Secretary.

The immigration file may not be sexy, but it is surely significant in an aging and demographically-challenged Canada. The issues of immigration numbers, integration, citizenship rules, family unification, refugees and reasonable accommodation are all of national importance.

There's a reason that Hillary Clinton's attack on Jeb Bush over immigration sparked one of the sharpest exchanges between the two 2016 presidential campaigns.

They're holding mirrors up to each other.

More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government report released Monday.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 14:05

Chinese now top U.S. immigrant arrivals

Pan Wu, 26, originally from China and a graduate student in theoretical chemistry at Duke University in Raleigh, N.C., works at the university on May 31, 2013. Chinese Americans are represented at both ends of the economic spectrum, although when people think of Chinese immigrants they tend to think of the highly skilled and educated who arrive – the entrepreneurs, professionals, scientists and students like Wu.

Tourist arrivals into South Africa from abroad have plummeted amid the African National Congress (ANC) government’s enforcement of xenophobic anti-immigrant policies.

King Mohammed VI chaired, on Monday in Casablanca, the ceremony in which he announced the creation of the Mohammed VI Foundation for African Ulema, a body designed to unify and coordinate the efforts of Muslim Scholars, in Morocco and other African states, in order to promote, disseminate and consolidate the values ​​of tolerant Islam.

According to a report released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on July 10, 2015, "more than 150,000 migrants arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year and more than 1,900 persons have died while crossing ".

The largest Arab art and cultural festival in London is taking place between 11-26 July, featuring over 60 events set to take place in the city’s leading cultural venues.

In this holy month of meditation, worship and invocation, the Hassan II Mosque in Libreville is both a place of worship and reunion for members of the Moroccan community in Gabon, in the absence of any other meeting space.

During the month of Ramadan and as usual, Moroccans living in Germany adhere enthusiastically to the various activities organized throughout the holy month, participating in collective Iftars, seminars, meetings and Ramadan rituals.

According to the annual report of the Anti-Racism commission within the Council of Europe, the trends of 2014 are oriented towards a "dramatic increase in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia online and in hate speeches and xenophobic political discourses.”

With the advent of Ramadan begins for Muslim expatriate communities a quest to come closer together with their peers, a need dictated by the values ​​of solidarity and brotherhood preached by Islam but also by a desire to recreate the typical spiritual atmosphere of this holy month.

The blessed month of Ramadan, long awaited by the faithful, has a unique feature in Ivory Coast, particularly in Abidjan where, this month of piety and devotion is celebrated every year by members of the Moroccan community in pure ancestral traditions and a jovial atmosphere.

There is a schizophrenic situation in the EU which once created the conditions for more immigration from Africa, but now every EU country wants to stop immigrant inflow, says Pierre Guerlain, a Professor of political science at Paris West University.

Recently, The New York Times unintentionally lent its support to a key argument immigration enforcement advocates have used for years in their fight against open borders. In her piece “Stay Home, Pleads a Son of Eritrea,” Celestine Bohlen profiled a Eritrean activist who appealed to the waves of people leaving his country, which has long suffered under a despotic regime, telling them that “[t]he government is the problem and leaving doesn’t solve it ... escaping is not the solution.”

In a rare television interview, Hillary Clinton said she was "disappointed" by Donald Trumps's immigration remarks.

TAIPEI: Taiwan has become an increasingly popular immigration destination for residents of Hong Kong and Macau, with the number of Taiwan residency applications from the two cities in 2014 being the highest in more than two decades.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 17:43

Study: Chicago 'Immigration' Rate Dropping

Many large American cities need skilled workers from other countries if they are to grow. Chicago, Illinois is the third-largest city in the United States. But it may not stay that way for long. Why?

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, spiritual leader of more than four million Catholics in England and Wales, said the Catholic Church was "enormously enriched" by the many thousands of Catholics coming to these shores as migrants.

Mosques throughout the UK have welcomed, Monday, July 6, the British of all faiths for an iftar in loving memory of the victims of the London bombings in 2005.

Members of the Moroccan community in Los Angeles celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with moments of sharing, conviviality and piety in an attempt to revive, with a pronounced nostalgia, the specifics that distinguish this blessed month in the Motherland, Morocco.

Domestic demand has continued its upward trend in the second quarter 2015, in the context of improving household income and an increase of 2 pc of consumer prices, according to the High Commission for Planning (HCP).

The Muslim community based in Panama wishes to perpetuate the teachings and rituals of Islam by drawing on the virtues of coexistence with other religions and cultures that form the basis of Panamanian society in all its diversity.

The Moroccan National Tourism Office (ONMT) and the Banque Populaire Group launched Saturday night in Paris, the program "Bladi F'Bali" aimed at encouraging Moroccans of the world to visit different regions of their country of origin.

A total of 37,590 Moroccans living abroad (MRE) returned to Morocco via Bab Sebta from the launch of the operation "Marhaba 2015," on June 5, until the 3rd of July as was revealed by the Customs administration.

As a mark of solidarity with African Americans, several Muslim organizations and activists have launched a fundraising campaign to help rebuild black churches across the south that have been target of arson attacks over the last month.

The petition on Change.org has so far rounded up around 5,226 signatures in support of the initiative. The campaign aims to reach 100,000 signatures.

The holy month of Ramadan this year was an opportunity for Moroccans in the Portuguese capital to come together on the occasion of a collective iftar organized on Friday at the initiative of the Portuguese-Moroccan Friendship Association.

While the EU continues to squabble over who should bear the greatest responsibility for asylum seekers arriving in Europe from areas of conflict, Sweden has asked its neighbour countries to regain a bit of perspective.

Migrants wait at Calais for an opportunity to sneak into Britain. Around 3,000 migrants, mostly from Eritrea, Syria and Afghanistan are camped at a site near the Port of Calais.(Getty).

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrives at a house party Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Francisco López-Flores was talking to numerous investors in May to pitch a project to track the economic benefits of immigration reform. However, one potential investor told López-Flores not to waste his time with mere hobbies.

Gardaí and the Immigration services are being singled out as in need of anti-racism training, following a new study.

BURLINGTON — Immigration officials are keeping a close watch on Veronica Morales. Every Monday, she must check in at an office in Burlington. Every Thursday, she waits for hours at home in Lynn in case an immigration contractor drops by. And if that’s not enough, officials attached a GPS device to her ankle.

According to the Canadian newspaper site, The Star, Moroccan imam, Hamid Slimi, officiating at "the Sayeda Khadija Centre", an Islamic center in Mississauga (Ontario municipality outside Toronto) has set to raise funds to help with repairs of the Catholic Church "St. Catherine of Siena" in Toronto.

The holy month of Ramadan stands for reunions, piety, and food but above all, it means challenges for the Moroccan community in England.

With the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, which has a very special place in the hearts and minds of all Muslims, the Moroccan Diaspora in Canada is eager to recreate in its new North American living environment the pure traditions and rituals that characterize this blessed month in the Motherland.

A study by the OECD and the European Union confirms that the descendants of immigrants are more often unemployed or employed in low-paid jobs compared with young people without foreign origins.

With the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims in Sweden are, despite long days of fasting, adamant to preserve their traditions in this holy month of piety and spirituality.

With the arrival of Ramadan, bearer of hope, peace of mind, clemency and mercy for all Muslims, nostalgia seizes many members of the Muslim community in Mexico; they are, more than ever, nostalgic for their countries of origin, family warmth, the atmosphere of piety and inherent traditions that distinguish this holy month.

Muslims and representatives of different religions, political beliefs and dogmas in Belgium met on Monday in Brussels, around an Iftar under the sign of sharing, dialogue and living together.

The holy month of Ramadan in Argentina coincides this year with the arrival of winter, when temperatures drop, and the hours of fasting are reduced, ranging between 9 and 11 hours, depending on the time difference between the cities, making it easier for the Moroccan community living in this country to enjoy the month of Ramadan without fatigue or tiredness, but with nostalgia and longing to the atmosphere of the holy month of Ramadan in their country of origin, Morocco.

According to a Eurostat report (the Statistical Office of the European Union), Moroccan nationals are the leading beneficiaries in terms of receiving European nationality in 2013, "of which 84% were granted Spanish, Italian or French nationality."

The customs authorities of Morocco are now providing Moroccans of the world a guide to facilitate the customs border crossing, from 30 June to 15 September 2015.

Morocco was re-elected on June 30, 2015 at the UN headquarters in New York, in the person of Abdelhamid El Jamri, at the Migrant Workers Committee for a fourth term of four years.

In the Netherlands, home to almost one million Muslims from different cultures and backgrounds with Turkish and Moroccan dominance, the Holy month of Ramadan is a reflection of unprecedented Muslim cultural diversity in terms of traditions and gastronomy.

Summoned by the Foreign Affairs Committee in parliament, the Minister of Moroccans living abroad (MRE) Anis Birou presented on 29 June, several statistics on the return of MRE and the summer operation Marhaba. Here are the numbers to remember.

The population of the UK has hit a record high, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said, with the average age also reaching a new peak.

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi harshly criticized EU leaders for rejecting mandatory migrant quotas amid ongoing divisions over the ways to stop the flow of illegal migrants to Europe's southern shores.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows net overseas migration figures continue to decline, with the national total falling by 15% in the last year.

BELGRADE – Serbia intends to organise a regional conference on the problem of illegal migration, Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic announced on Friday.

 Switzerland’s government said it will widen talks with the European Union to review a host of issues between the Alpine nation and the bloc in a bid to break a negotiating deadlock over immigration curbs.

(Washington, DC) – The United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to scale back its use of family immigration detention could help thousands of children and mothers who are fleeing persecution, Human Rights Watch said today. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on June 24, 2015, that the Obama administration was committed to “substantial changes” to family immigration detention.

BRITAIN is sending a two-mile security fence to France to stop desperate immigrants sneaking over from Calais.

Overseas students are quickly becoming the new standard of immigration here in Canada, notes Instec International Student of Hamilton, Ontario. The opportunities that now exist for foreign students are likely to continue as visiting students become the country’s new immigrants.

Australia has introduced some new visa policies and adjust some others, which are expected to play an important part in welcoming more Chinese visitors to Australia, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash told Xinhua over the weekend before she departed for her six- day China visit on Sunday.

The Franco-Moroccan engineer Anwar Kbibech, 53, will succeed to Dalil Boubakeur as president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), for a period of two years.

Moroccan national Abderrahim Naji was named Thursday in Rome, "immigrant entrepreneur of the year” as part of the 7th edition of MoneyGram Award, in Italy in recognition "of his initiative, courage and success."

Who are the Belgian-Moroccans and Belgian-Turks? Do they feel more Moroccan or Turkish than Belgian? These questions were asked to a sample of those two populations. Nearly 700 of them responded to the questionnaires, as part of a study funded by the King Baudouin Foundation, which revealed their profile and deconstructed at the same time a series of prejudices.

The Department of Islamic Affairs and charitable works - iacad, under the government of Dubai, is organizing an internationalization of tarawih prayer program, which would allow faithful of the emirate to discover recitations from the Koran styles of other countries in the world.

Twenty-two ships were mobilized as part of the host operation of Moroccans living abroad (MRE) "Marhaba 2015," as well as a reserve fleet that will intervene when necessary, said Tuesday in Rabat, the minister responsible for Moroccans living abroad and Migration Affairs, Anis Birou.

After Myriam Bourhil, Moroccan student resident in France, who scored 21/20 in the baccalaureate exams 2014, another young Moroccan, living in Germany, distinguished herself by receiving a score of 20/20 in this year’s baccalaureate exams.

1.5 million is the number of Moroccans living in France. Among them, 670,000 have French nationality. A figure revealed in a report by the French National Assembly made "on behalf of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the bill authorizing the approval of the additional protocol to the Convention on Mutual Assistance" between France and Morocco.

Barack Obama has opened the doors of the White House to Muslim Americans for a traditional iftar, the meal that breaks the fasting from dawn to sunset.

Immigration into the U.S. from predominately Islamic countries has doubled in more than a decade and that number continues to rise. Some find this number alarming given recent terrorist events worldwide.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at the Aria before speaking at the NALEO conference on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Launch slideshow ».

The problem of refugees and illegal immigrants should be dealt with within the European Union, and putting up fences is not the way to do it, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and her Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer said in Vienna on Thursday.

The Polish government is more and more firmly opposed to the mandatory migrant settlement quotas proposed by the EU in the light of increasing number of immigrants from Syria and Eritrea.

The United States Supreme Court handed down two important decisions this week, striking down substantive due-process rights for immigrants, but offering procedural protections for immigrants who miss deadlines in deportation proceedings.

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Police in Slovakia said on Saturday they detained 60 people at an anti-immigration march in the capital Bratislava after protesters damaged police cars and attacked spectators at a cycling race.

London: Over 30,000 nurses from India and other non-European countries employed with Britain's state-funded National Health Service (NHS) could be forced to leave the UK under new immigration rules.

AS EUROPE struggles to keep Greece from default and to hold its common currency together, violent protests against immigration in Slovakia and election results in Denmark at the weekend have strengthened the forces of disunion unleashed by an impassioned debate over how to deal with a flood of migrants from conflict zones.

Children fleeing the horrors of warzones such as Syria and Afghanistan are being routinely misclassified as over-18 and locked up in adult detention centres in breach of Government policies and legal guidelines, an investigation has discovered.

EU officials have agreed to launch military action against people smugglers in the Mediterranean.

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