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The United Nations refugee agency welcomed today the commitment announced by the Foreign Ministers of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand to resolve the issue of the thousands of refugees and migrants stranded in boats in the Bay of Bengal and off the coast of Southeast Asia.

Visitors pack up New Zealand (L) and Australian flags at the conclusion of the Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site, which is the main event to commemorate Australian soldiers who died during the Gallipoli campaign, on the campaign's centenary on 25 April 2015 near Eceabat, Turkey.

It's been more than 60 years since Ellis Island closed as a station for inspecting and detaining immigrants. But you can still take a ferry from New York City and cross the Hudson River along the old routes, right to the dock outside a red brick building trimmed with limestone.

Following the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' (CHC) calls for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end the immigrant family detention program, national organizations have focused the concerns toward the White House.

Money transfers to Morocco by Moroccan expats continue to grow despite the ongoing economic crisis. The ministry in charge of Moroccans living abroad has unveiled interesting figures: this year, the total amount transferred is close to 60 billion dirhams, an increase of 7.6% over the previous year.

The Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) received Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the Council headquarters, the delegation Circle Eugène Delacroix (CED) comprised of Moroccan –French Mps for a working session on the living together. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, General Secretary of CCME.

Secretary-General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad, Mr. Abdullah Boussouf, received on Thursday, 21 May 2015 at the headquarters of the Council in Rabat, an Italian delegation made of representatives of a number of Italian Protestant churches.

 A prominent immigration activist has joined Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, bolstering the candidate’s early efforts to win Latino support just two weeks after she visited Las Vegas to call for a pathway to citizenship.

Lorella Praeli leaves a job as policy director for United We Dream, a Washington-based group with a broad national network that advocates for young immigrants.

France gave broad backing on Wednesday to an EU scheme to share out asylum-seekers among EU states to deal with a surge of migrants, after a week of ambiguity that reflected growing public opposition to immigration.

LONDON — Amid rising concern across Europe over immigration, Prime Minister David Cameron will unveil a plan on Thursday that seeks to cut the numbers of migrants coming to Britain and make it harder for foreigners to work here illegally.

Wednesday evening, in Arlon, after a roundtable on the living together with representatives of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and secular beliefs, the Association of Muslims of Arlon gave a check for 2,405 euros to Rabbi Jacob Jean-Claude to save the synagogue.

After nearly two years of training, I am finally ready to become a pilot for commercial flights " writes the young woman on her Facebook page while expressing her feelings of happiness for this achievement:." I feel very happy and blessed! ".

The Moroccan Association of unity and solidarity comes to see the day in Nouakchott, with the aim to establish a communication bridge between Moroccans living in Mauritania and strengthen ties between members of the community.

The flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) reached 8.64 billion dirhams at the end of April 2015, against 7.70 billion dirhams a year earlier, an increase of 12.2 pc, according to the Exchange Office.

The Ivorian delegation includes representatives from a number of Ivorian ministries that operate on the immigration issue who came on a working visit on Tuesday, May 19, to the council of the Moroccan community abroad (CCME).

Islam in the United States, between the past and the present, is the theme of a conference organized this past Friday in Rabat, with the participation of Moroccan and American researchers.

BRUSSELS — European foreign and defense ministers agreed on Monday to use naval forces to intercept and disrupt ships used by smugglers of migrants from North Africa, a far more assertive attempt to combat the swelling migration crisis that has led to thousands of deaths at sea.

As illegal immigrants continue to seek legal status under President Obama's executive actions, the waiting list to enter the United States legally grows longer, as does the waiting time for those in the pipeline.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who started a state visit to Germany on Monday, said after meeting with German President Joachim Gauck, that to understand the attitudes of Estonia towards immigration quota, one must also take into account the Soviet-era mass immigration, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.

As authorities grapple with the threat posed by Islamic State, there are calls from within the Muslim community to tighten Australia's immigration policies.

Several shelters are to open in Niger in an attempt to curb illegal migration to Europe, the French interior minister has said.

L’afflux des migrants vers l’Europe éveille des craintes chez certains Européens. Plusieurs citoyens ou représentants politiques affirment qu’il faut limiter cette migration, voire renvoyer les Africains dans leur pays d’origine. Pour certains Européens, les migrants prennent leurs emplois, abusent du système social et sont dangereux. Ces peurs sont-elles fondées ?

EU ministers are expected to back moves for a new naval force to intercept people smugglers before their boats reach European waters.

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.

The GOP wanted to talk differently about immigration in 2016. Instead they're trying to avoid talking about it at all

The already backlogged federal immigration courts have reportedly reached an all-time high with more than 445,000 pending cases.

Republicans continue voting against immigration efforts, despite party's efforts to appeal to Latinos

MIAMI - The number of Cuban migrants looking to enter the United States ballooned in early 2015, partly driven by uncertainty over the future of special immigration consideration for Cubans after the two countries announced efforts to improve ties.

Moroccan authorities said Tuesday that they had foiled a fresh bid at illegal immigration by 22 sub-Saharan Africans.

Prague - The Czech Republic wants to help refugees on the basis of sovereign government decisions, not of EU mechanisms, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said today, insisting on the Czech Republic's rejection of the compulsory quotas for the immigrants.

President Rafael Correa urged the entire international community to examine discriminatory immigration policies. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa announced Saturday that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will provide assistance to the thousands of Asian immigrants stranded off the coast of Thailand.

Lithuania must be ready to share the burden of immigration together with other European Union member states, Algirdas Butkevicius, Lithuania's prime minister, said on Thursday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a new set of "reforms" to its detention facilities on Wednesday for families and children (the ones they created to "respond" to influx of unaccompanied minors and women from Central America) as they wait for their immigration hearings.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has offered the Malaysian government support and expertise to help deal with the ongoing migrant humanitarian crisis in the region, while urging the country to pay particular attention to the plight of the Rohingyas.

More than 3,900 people -- including 1,650 illegal immigrants -- have been arrested in South Africa during a controversial police crackdown after April's deadly xenophobic violence, authorities said Sunday.

"We are satisfied that we have stabilised the situation and further loss of life has been prevented," a government statement said.

At a time when a growing number of French nationals join the lands of jihad, the Islamic scholar Rachid Benzine goes back to the social roots of the phenomenon. And the dangers of the current radical Salafism.

The Crans Montana Forum (CMF) will bring together next June in Brussels, the religious leaders of the world around the theme of world peace, announced the Swiss organization.

Jesse Klaver has succeeded to Bram van Ojik (60) as the head of the Green Party (GroenLinks). He has pulled off the impressive feat of being the youngest political leader ever elected in the Batavian kingdom.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), is launching a call for applications for 10 international fellowships at the University of Cagliari and the University of Sassari (5 scholarships each), for the upcoming academic year of 2015 -2016 in the framework of the "terra di mezzo Sardegna" program.

The terrible challenge of thousands of migrants endangering their lives to cross the Mediterranean has increasingly shaken the international community in recent years.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies at a Senate Appropriations hearing on the Obama administration's "Emergency Supplemental Request for Unaccompanied Children and Related Matters" in Washington, on July 10, 2014. Reuters/Yuri Gripas

An anticipated flood of illegal immigrant children crossing the U.S. southeastern border, similar to the surge of crossings seen last summer, has yet to materialize this year. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says unaccompanied children were crossing in 2015 at rates that are staggeringly lower than in 2014 and 2013, the Washington Times reported.

A huge influx of foreign workers is threatening the economy by holding down wages, the head of the Bank of England warned yesterday.

Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:31

Malaysia govt's migrant deluge woes

Putrajaya has been forced into overdrive as it prepares to cope with a sudden deluge of illegal immigrants, a situation Malaysia has not faced in a long time.

Terry Garcia plays with his son, Eli, 1, at the Festival Viva Mexico 2013 on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in advance of Mexican Independence Day at a former greyhound racetrack in Corpus Christi.

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement attempted on Wednesday to mitigate growing complaints over its detention of women and children. But critics of the policy, including House Democrats, weren't satisfied.

The institute "Maurice de Hond" has just published the results of a recent survey of the Dutch population. The question was: "Who do you want as the next Prime Minister of the Netherlands?".

New asylum data showing unequal distribution of asylum grants across European Union hands George Osborne, the Chancellor, new argument against Brussels

Hillary Clinton has spent her nascent campaign staking out positions to the left of where President Clinton stood on free trade, crime prevention and same-sex marriage. As of last week, we can add immigration reform to the list.

Pope Francis could wade into the American immigration debate during his visit to the U.S. in September, when he is expected to comment on a report on immigration detention centers by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The 44-page report released Monday called for the government’s immigration detention system to be dismantled, arguing that the facilities “undermine families and harm children.”

In a 3-to-2 vote, Los Angeles County supervisors voted to cancel a 2005 agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and release 12 deputies from duty.

 “UK Border” is the sign that greets passengers arriving at Heathrow. The airport is not on the border. It is in a west London suburb. But the wording carries a message: “You are approaching a barrier. Do not expect an easy time.”

Japan should fix its shrinking workforce by enabling women to work, before turning to the ‘Pandora’s box’ of immigration, the country’s minister for the empowerment of women said in an interview last week.

The legislative elections of May 7 allowed 13 Muslims including 8 women MPs to enter the British House of Commons, more than in 2010 where only 8 MPs were Muslim.

The plan, driven by Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Commission, is “practically seen as a declaration of war”, senior EU official says

Figures from the Department of Work and Pensions revealed two of west London's areas have some of the highest levels of immigration in the UK

WASHINGTON— Immigration activists are trying to use Hillary Rodham Clinton's stance on immigration to pressure President Barack Obama to do more for immigrants.

A proposal which would require all 28 members states of the EU to accept a mandatory quota of migrants has divided opinion, with experts warning it could provide a boost for anti-immigration parties across Europe.

Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa is threatening the African National Congress' tenuous hold on power. The most recent wave of attacks has resulted in the deaths of at least seven African immigrants. Attacks on immigrant-owned shops across the country started in April in poorer townships around Durban and spread to other cities in the eastern provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Though this year's outbreak of xenophobic violence in South Africa has killed fewer than a similar surge in 2008, it is indicative of widely felt frustration in the face of an economic downturn.

LONDON — As Europe struggles to address a worsening migration crisis, the executive arm of the European Union is expected this week to submit a proposal to distribute migrants across the 28-member bloc, officials said on Monday, a plan that would encounter fierce resistance from some national governments.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 12:50

Cameron bares teeth over EU migration

The first days in office are challenging for any new government and this will certainly be a busy week for UK Prime Minister David Cameron - who, amongst other things, says he has already rolled up his sleeves to change the UK's relationship with Europe.

Fueled by newly arrived immigrants, workers ages 18-34 have taken over as the dominant generation in the United States workforce, according to a new Pew Research survey.

Top Republicans in Congress on Monday entered the court battle over President Obama's latest moves to ease deportations for immigrants living in the country illegally.

The Council of the Moroccan community abroad (CCME) successfully concluded its participation in the first Forum of the Ivorian Diaspora organized by the Ministry of African Integration and Ivorians from the outside, on 7 and 8 May in Abidjan.

Morocco's House in Paris is hosting this weekend the 8th edition of the Days of Moroccan youth, which is an opportunity for young Moroccans in France to reflect on the political and socio-economic issues of Morocco.

The recognition of the sacrifices of Moroccan soldiers who came to defend a land that was not theirs was the watchword at both Aymes memorial in Gembloux and in the necropolis of Chastres (40 km south of Brussels) where lie hundreds of fallen Moroccan riflemen who fought for the liberation of Europe from Nazi and fascist colonial rule.

Eastern Europe is warning David Cameron against meddling with “sacrosanct” migrant worker rights, as the newly re-elected prime minister prepares to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership terms.

New immigrants in the U.K. could see their benefits delayed four years under Prime Minister David Cameron's immigration reform plan. In many cases, they may be denied entry into the United Kingdom altogether.

Altogether 6,499 Jews arrived in Israel between January and March. The vast majority came from Europe, but the only substantial increase came from Eastern Europe with numbers from Western Europe remaining steady.

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will have a formidable weapon to disarm Republican anti-immigration candidates who want to virtually seal the U.S. southern border — there are already more Chinese than Mexican immigrants who enter the United States every year.

Member countries are deeply divided over proposals that would distribute asylum seekers more equitably across the union.

Millions of undocumented immigrants — and legions of immigration lawyers — are holding their breath. Last November they embarked on a legal roller coaster ride when President Barack Obama issued an executive action granting an estimated 5 million undocumented parents of U.S. citizen children temporary relief from deportation — a legal move that immigration scholars are increasingly starting to question.

That’s the feeling among activists who met with two high-level federal officials this week in California to discuss the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), a new version of the government’s immigration enforcement partnership with local police.

To understand the Uzbek community of Brooklyn, sit down and share a cup of tea with some of them. Please, drink. They pride themselves on hospitality, and to refuse would be impolite.

In August 2014 Yasuyuki Kaneko, a city councillor for Sapporo, sparked intense controversy by tweeting ‘there are no such people as the Ainu any more, are there? [But] they constantly demand rights they don’t deserve. How can this be reasonable?’

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) held on May 8 at the "London School of Economics", a meeting under the banner "Think about the forgotten ...", in memory of Moroccans expelled from Algeria.

The Moroccan experience in the management of issues related to immigration has been highlighted on Thursday in Abidjan, in the first forum of the Ivorian Diaspora.

LONDON — Many embattled immigrants here feel they are being blamed for everything from traffic jams to crowded schools and hospitals. But as Britain’s bitterly divisive general election campaign draws to a close, some are now pushing back.

When U.K. voters go to the polls  May 7, one of the major issues they’ll be thinking about is immigration. A big story in this election is the increased popularity of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP, whose leader Nigel Farage is pictured above) as they have criticized the government for allowing too many immigrants from other E.U. countries and thus allegedly jeopardizing the job prospects of native Britons and undercutting the National Health Service. Indeed, though UKIP has plenty of detractors, surveys indicate that they are the party most trusted to control immigration. UKIP has also been punching above its weight on social media, and were at one point the most talked-about party on social media.

A battle is brewing in the Republican Party over whether illegal immigrants granted deferred deportation by President Obama should be eligible to serve in the military.

His Excellency Mr. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire received Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), this Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan.

The kickoff of the first Forum of the Ivorian Diaspora was given on Thursday 7 May in Abidjan by the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, with the central aim of sharing the experiences of African countries, including Morocco, to develop future policy management of Ivorians abroad.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) will participate, on 7 and 8 May in Abidjan, in the first Ivorian Diaspora Forum, initiated by the Ministry of African Integration and Ivorians living abroad.

Moroccan-Tunisian joint committee of Consular Affairs has recommended the simplification of administrative procedures for the benefit of the communities of the two countries, emphasizing the implementation of the agreements signed between Morocco and Tunisia in this field.

Several Ulema and researchers met in Brussels to discuss ways to adapt Islamic jurisprudence to the European context and provide clear answers, unequivocally, to the many questions of Muslims in Europe.

The Solidarity Development Association and immigration organizes from May 7 to 10 in Oujda, the 4th edition of the Mediterranean Festival, cinema and immigration, an opportunity for film lovers to attend screenings of new films on this subject.

The 9th edition of Rabat-Africa festival organized under the banner of multiculturalism and miscegenation was opened on Tuesday in Rabat with a blockbuster show by American artists of international renown.

ROME, Italy– An uninterrupted flood of illegal immigrants continues to issue forth from Africa into Italy, with this past weekend’s count now nearing 6,000 refugees.

Lagos - The United States of America and the United Kingdom top the list of countries most Nigerians abroad live in compared to other countries in the world.

Wealthy people in Asia are investing more in their children's education, with those in China favoring having their children study overseas with other students of the same social status, according to Shanghai's China Business News.

BERLIN - Police in western Germany said on Wednesday that unidentified arsonists had set fire overnight to housing being prepared for aslyum-seekers, causing 50,000 euros worth of damage, before fleeing the scene in a car.

CAPE TOWN, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Plans are advanced for the establishment of South Africa's Border Management Agency (BMA) led by the Department of Home Affairs to curb illegal immigration, State Security Minister David Mahlobo said on Tuesday.

Some 750 asylum seekers living in Australian government detention on the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru face an impossible choice. They can stay on Nauru in squalid conditions. Or they can be resettled, of all places, in impoverished Cambodia — a country with a long record of human-rights abuses, where refugees are discriminated against and the chances of finding work are slim.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad supports the exhibition of Friendship "El Baraka Spanish and Moroccan Artists" organized by the Cervantes Institute, the Spanish collective El Baraka Art and a group of Moroccan artists.

The diversity, authenticity and richness of Moroccan cultural heritage are featured in Washington DC, throughout the month of May, on the occasion of the event "Passport DC: Cultural tourism" organized by the Embassy of Morocco in the United States.

In response to Pamela Geller’s Islamophobic campaigns displayed in transportation systems in several U.S. cities, Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, two Muslim comedians have launched a poster campaign called «Fighting-Bigotry-with-Delightful-Posters-". The posters in question are displayed in 140 New York subway stations.

For many in Britain, the European Union’s cherished principle of free movement is perhaps the most controversial.

 Move over, Mexico. When it comes to sending immigrants to the U.S., China and India have taken the lead.

A 2015 May Day rally in Los Angeles. May 1, the International Workers Day everywhere but the U.S., has become associated with immigration as well as labor issues.

A new report shows that Jewish immigration to Israel from around the world rose more than 40 percent in the first three months of 2015, the UK’s Guardian reported on Sunday.

Immigration policy has been among the most rancorous of U.S. political issues in recent years. What has been fueling America's contentious debates over the topic?

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