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Hungary needs legislation to keep out a wave of immigrants from poor countries, even if it would run counter to existing European Union rules, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) held this past Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Copenhagen, a conference-debate on the theme "Islam in the West: reality and prospects of living together" in partnership with the Al-Fath Association based in the Danish capital.

Moroccan-Swedish entrepreneur Anas Latif Hsissen received in Stockholm the prize for best young Swedish businessman. The award was presented to him by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday urged EU nations to increase legal immigration in a bid to avoid more migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

Juncker's comments angered his own centre-right party in the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France, where he made the comments.

THE Bureau of Immigration in India is providing gratis visas for all tourists stranded in Nepal after Saturday's earthquake that caused widespread damage and over 4,000 deaths.

Moroccans are the first North African community living abroad. They account for 46% followed by Algerians (23%), Tunisia (20%), Libyans (7%) and Mauritanian (4%). All these nationals represent about 5% of the North African population. A rate significantly higher than the estimated world average of 3.2%. This is what emerges from a study by the Economic Research Centre for Applied Development (CREAD) presented recently in Algiers.

DETROIT — At about 1 p.m. on the afternoon of April 27, a group of local and federal law enforcement officers arrived at Kevin Kellom’s home, a two-story house with beige siding on the outskirts of northwest Detroit.

If you move to Australia from a non English speaking country you will be widely welcomed but also find that the majority of Australians expect you to speak in the language, a new poll suggests.

Collaboration between universities in Europe and Asia can help improve quality of education, student mobility and ultimately the employability of graduates, a conference of Asian and European higher education ministers held in Riga, Latvia heard this week.

Approximately 350,000 to 400,000 children are born to illegal immigrants in the U.S. each year. Due to current policy, all automatically become U.S. citizens, Center for Immigration Studies legal policy analyst Jon Feere testified before a House panel Wednesday.

The oft-repeated claim by leaders from Asia that declining population in western countries would pose a challenge in the near future has been challenged by experts at Oxford who argue that the western population is in fact growing. Surprisingly, it is declining in south India, they said.

Tens of thousands of Cambodians are paying to be smuggled into other south-east Asian countries to work illegally, as Australia prepares to send refugees to their country from Nauru.

Germany's population will shrink more slowly than expected over the next 45 years thanks to high levels of immigration, the country's statistics office said on Tuesday.

A new poll shows Australians strongly support immigration, with nearly nine in 10 people thinking immigrants improve Australian society.

Report by MigrationWatch UK says official data reveals the majority of new households created since 1997 have a foreign-born figurehead

Last Monday, Scott Walker, Wisconsin's Republican governor and a presumed GOP presidential hopeful, kicked the hornets' nest that is the immigration debate.

Some European Countries, like Greece and Italy, are less receptive to immigrants

The European Union should protect its borders against immigration using military force because it doesn’t need new migrants, Hungary’s prime minister said the day after EU leaders agreed to increase funding to keep migrants from dying while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

Human smuggling networks are exploiting rising migration within Asia, leaving growing numbers of migrants at risk of being trafficked and abused, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. The day has particular resonance in the Greater Boston area, a haven for Armenian immigrants for the past century. How did Boston — or more specifically, Watertown — become a magnet for Armenians?

The Italian government is locked in a battle with local towns and regions that are resisting—and even ignoring—demands from Rome to resettle the surging number of migrants in their areas.

Holland Township School's fourth-graders recently experienced a little of what immigrants to the United States might have faced in the early 1900s.

The Obama administration is on pace to deport the fewest number of immigrants in nearly a decade, according to internal government data obtained by The Associated Press.

A crowd gathers near the entrance of Tokyo's upscale Mitsukoshi Department Store, which traces its roots to a kimono shop in the late 17th century.

New Delhi: South Asian nations need to work on liberalising the visa regime to promote intra-regional tourism and explore business opportunities in this region, a senior official said today.

"Beyond the Rif and Ruhr: 50 years of Moroccan immigration in Germany," is the title of a collective work, published by the German publishing house "Springer" and produced by the network of Moroccan skills in Germany, on the occasion of the celebration of half a century of Moroccan history of immigration in this country.

Morocco's Consulate General in New York, in collaboration with the British Embassy in Washington organized this weekend in Dallas (Texas), a Mobile Consulate of operation to serve the Moroccan community in this southern U.S. state.

Moroccan nationals living in Nancy (French city) were excited by the administrative services of proximity, thanks to the efforts of a unity of the Consulate General of Strasbourg, which moved Saturday to their city.

The Spanish city of Majorca witnessed the convening of the first meeting of the Forum for Moroccans in Balearic Islands, with the participation of a number of Moroccans settled in the region who responded the organizers’ invitation who held this meeting under the theme "for the right and dignity".

THURROCK, England — Prime Minister David Cameron is fighting Britain’s general election on the question of economic competence. His party’s efforts to erase the budget deficit are at the heart of his campaign for a Conservative majority on May 7.

Assistant Foreign Minister for multilateral affairs Ambassador Hisham Badr has led the Egyptian delegation to the European Union and Horn of Africa initiative meeting in Sharm el Skeikh to discuss combating illegal immigration.

The number of immigrants caught crossing the Southwest border continues to fall sharply, Obama administration officials said Friday, a decline due in large part to the end of the surge in people coming from Central America.

Raíces en Tampa will be staging a protest and awareness event this coming Friday, May 1, to cease the deportation of undocumented people in America. The upcoming Facebook event, will be from 6 p.m., at 1624 E. 7th Avenue in Ybor City, Florida.

Everywhere in America, immigration is an unending story. Everywhere, that is, except at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, where the story ends in 1954, when the immigrant processing and detention station there was closed.

Nearly 1.8 million foreign nationals from 200 nationalities live in the Netherlands, according to a study by the Tubantia newspaper, based on figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Abdelakader Benali, Mostapha Stitou Hafid Benbouazza and Naima Bezzaz, Moroccan Dutch-speaking writers, among others, are well-known in the Netherlands. Their reputation is not by chance but due in part to "a breakthrough" made possible a few years earlier by the foundation El Hizjra, founded in late 1980 by a Moroccan-Dutch couple.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad supports the project of creation of the Arab Sharjah Heritage Centre in the United Arab Emirates, whose inauguration took place Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the presence of Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Governor and member of the Board of Sharjah.

The European Union agreed to triple funding for patrols in the Mediterranean and send ships from its member states’ navies to stem the soaring deaths of migrants trying to reach Europe’s shores from Africa.

The association Muslims Rights Belgium (MRB) released its third annual report on Islamophobia. It reported 696 reports of Islamophobic discrimination in Francophone Belgium.

BRUSSELS — Struggling to cope with a growing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, European leaders promised on Thursday to triple their spending on border protection and approved plans to intensify efforts to root out smugglers’ boats before they could set sail, among other measures.

SOLLENTUNA, Sweden - Children's laughter and nursery rhymes resonate through the library as young mums play with their babies: in a suburb outside Stockholm, a group of immigrants is trying to learn Swedish and integrate into society.

More than five million visas are set to be issued by Australia this year, a new record due to an increase in students and short term workers, it has been confirmed.

If current trends and policies continue, immigrants will account for the largest share of US population ever by 2023, and white Americans will become a minority by 2044, conservative groups are claiming, citing US Census Bureau data.

Deportations have plummeted by another 25 percent so far this year, with the government even struggling to find enough criminals to kick out of the country, according to the latest statistics that suggest President Obama’s amnesty has hampered removal efforts.

KUALA LUMPUR - The RM35 fee for the online renewal of foreign workers' permits over a point of contention for employers and businesses will be abolished from May 2 and its costs absorbed by the Government.

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom: With the political debate about Islam heating up ahead of Britain’s general elections next month, the impact is particularly keenly felt in Birmingham – a city where a quarter of the population is Muslim.

In the heat of a Libyan afternoon, in a makeshift detention center outside the coastal town of Misrata, a young woman lay on the ground, suffering from severe dehydration.

A new Pew Research Center report out Thursday finds that black immigrants now account for 8.7 percent of the country's black population, nearly triple their share in 1980. A record 3.8 million black immigrants are living in the nation today and while most are from the Caribbean, Africans immigrants drive most recent growth.

Two long-standing concerns among newcomers to Canada were addressed in the government of Canada’s annual budget, details of which were announced this week. The budget addresses how immigrants might do better once they settle in Canada, as well as how they can better help their families back home.

VORRA, Germany — Even as European officials struggle with an unrelenting tide of migrants trying to enter the Continent, tranquil villages like this one in a picture-book valley in northern Bavaria are coping with the legions who have already arrived.

For organizers like Celeste Faison, the fight for civil rights isn't limited to the U.S.-born black community. It also extends to immigrants who experience hardships caused by what she sees as the nation's broken immigration system.

Nigel Farage has said he would prefer immigrants from India and Australia to eastern Europeans, despite previously claiming that his party would not want to discriminate against new arrivals by nationality.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has been accused of mentally torturing a 5-year-old girl by keeping her in a detention center for asylum seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru.

According to newly released figures by the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE), "the number of Moroccans living legally in Spain, as of 1 January 2015, is estimated at 749,274 people."

Moroccan mountaineer Nacer Ibn Abdeljalil, has managed the impressive feat of planting the Moroccan flag at the North Pole after more than a week long ski expedition of 200 km in extremely difficult weather conditions.

Britain's financial technology industry could face a dearth of suitable employees to fill job positions if the next government tightens controls over immigration, says recruitment firm Morgan McKinley.

Now that Florida Senator Marco Rubio has officially entered the presidential foray, one issue that continues to plague his candidacy among conservatives is immigration. But should immigration really doom Rubio's presidential ambitions this primary season? Because most Republican candidates - or likely candidates - have their own inconsistencies.

TRÖGLITZ, Germany — As Europe confronts a rapidly escalating migration crisis driven by war, persecution and poverty in an arc of strife from West Africa to Afghanistan, even high-level European officials are beginning to admit the obvious.

Multicultural areas, particularly those without a shared language, tend to produce more individuals who efficiently rely on nonverbal expression of emotions to gauge what others are thinking.

Wealthy countries should agree on a comprehensive plan to take one million refugees from Syria over the next five years to end the unfolding series of boat disasters in the Mediterranean, the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants has urged.

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation released a report this week on high-skilled immigrant visas. It comes at a time when the demand for H1-B visas is at a record high, and when Utah’s senior Senator Orrin Hatch has reintroduced a proposal that could more than double the number of these visas available.

Europe is the cause of the current migrant crisis in the Mediterranean - or the solution, depending on whom you talk to. European heads of state have been called to an emergency summit on Thursday to address the growing number of people drowning in the crossing from North Africa to Europe. European lawmakers, talking to RFI, welcomed the attention being paid to the issue but questioned whether the political will to tackle the issue is there.

The European Commission is planning to propose a pilot program on sharing the burden of refugee resettlement among all EU members, the European migration policy chief said Monday.

Morocco’s ambassador to UK Lalla Joumala was granted, in London, the prestigious 2015 “Diplomat Magazine” Award for her outstanding contribution to diplomacy.

The Jewish community of Moroccan origin in Amsterdam celebrated on Monday the feast of the Mimouna with an evening during which the theater Meervaart vibrated to the rhythm of music and Andalusian songs interpreted by the maestro Mohamed Amine El Akrami and vocalist Zineb Afilal.

A diverse artistic show was held Monday night in Berlin as part of Morocco's Week in Germany, to the delight of an audience representing various political, economic and media circles from Morocco, Germany and elsewhere.

Heads of the European Union’s member states will gather for an emergency meeting on immigration on Thursday, European Council President Donald Tusk announced Monday.

For tens of thousands of migrants who survive the hazardous crossing of the Mediterranean, the journey often continues as they slip through cracks in Italy's border controls and head north.

The event promises an immersion in the Moroccan culture, art and history as this event is an open invitation to experience the Moroccan Village while visiting the exhibits of authentic handicraft, original creativity presented by Moroccan skilled artisans and artists from several regions of Morocco. It will also be an opportunity to taste authentic Moroccan cuisine prepared by renowned regional chefs.

"Promoting the integration of foreign migrants in Morocco", the new project funded by the European Union to support the migration policy of Morocco. A joint statement for its official launch was signed between the Minister for Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs, Anis Birou and the European Commissioner responsible for migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, currently visiting the Kingdom.

Another day, another death trap in the Mediterranean. We thought 2014 was bad: a record death toll, a surge in arrivals on European shores – and notably record numbers saved by the Italian search-and-rescue mission that plied 30,000 square miles of sea, fishing hundreds out of the water every day.

A group of globe-trotting friends in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain have banded together as a lobby group and created an online petition aimed at eliminating immigration controls between the four Commonwealth countries.

Whether it is the attacks on migrants crossing the Mediterranean or questions about Nick Clegg's heritage, our national debate on immigration has taken a nasty turn.

As the sun beat down on day two of the L.A. Times Festival of Books, visitors stayed cool in USC’s darkened Ray Stark theater. But the room was silent as a documentary opened with bustling scenes of Manila, Philippines flickering across the screen.

After attaining independence from its colonial ruler in 1994, South Africa became a model of racial unity in Africa, as well as a poster-child of economic prosperity in the region. It also attracted a lot of foreign immigrants.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement may be wasting loads of money flying illegal immigrants home on expensive but largely empty charter flights, according to federal auditors.

ROME — European leaders were confronted on Monday with a humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, as estimates that as many as 900 migrants may have died off the Libyan coast this weekend prompted calls for a new approach to the surging number of refugees crossing from Africa and the Middle East.

According to a report by the Exchange Office, "the revenue of the world's Moroccans showed an improvement of 7.6 per cent, reaching 14.46 billion dirhams at the end of March 2015, against 13.44 billion dirhams in the same period of 2014".

Foreign ministers join interior ministers for talks after boat smuggling 700 migrants capsized off Libya

The theatrical comedy piece "Bent Negafa Bayra" by Moroccan troupe "El Founoun" enjoyed on Saturday night in Washington, a great success with the Moroccan community residing in the Greater Washington area.

The prestigious Museum of Fine Arts in Canada's largest city held the distinguished performance of the famous Moroccan singer Abdelfettah Bennis and his orchestra.

The majority of Japanese support a more open immigration policy with the number of those willing to accept foreigners who want to permanently settle doubling over the last five years, an Asahi Shimbun survey shows.

 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has asked fellow EU leaders to hold an emergency meeting on immigration this week following the latest migrant drownings, Renzi's spokesman said on Sunday.

Monday, 20 April 2015 11:27

US: Immigration Day to honor 12 people

HARTFORD — Connecticut immigrants and their contributions to the state are being honored at a state Capitol ceremony Tuesday.

A new Daily Yonder study shows that rural counties with more immigrants also tend to be performing better economically. Rural America’s foreign-born residents may be moving to counties that have more jobs, but immigrants also create more economic opportunity when they get there, economists say.

Monday, 20 April 2015 11:26

Queens lawmakers host immigration forum

Residents from diverse Jackson Heights and beyond got a chance to have questions answered on changing immigration laws last week during an immigration forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and state Sen.

As part of Cities United for Immigration Action, Mayor David Maher and City Manager Richard Rossi announced that Cambridge has joined 73 cities and counties to file a new friend-of-the-court brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Texas versus United States lawsuit, urging immediate implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. City Councilor Leland Cheung also sponsored the order.

Principal Joyce Akridge tries to squeeze in learning at every moment, like at lunchtime, at IPS School 79. She uses "down time" to play stealth learning games that make the kids think, like call-and-response and motion games about brain foods, clapping rhythms and counting games.

Seattle — To ready herself for a job hunt, Niyati Desai has started updating her résumé and reaching out to professional contacts.

South Africa has arrested hundreds of suspects in connection with a recent wave of anti-immigration violence, the country's minister of home affairs said Sunday.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and 21 other members of Congress are demanding the Government Accountability Office conduct a formal audit of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services out of growing suspicion that money is being improperly used to fund President Obama’s unilateral immigration actions in violation of court order.

Monday, 20 April 2015 11:02

Judges Weigh Fate of Immigration Policy

NEW ORLEANS — An argument from U. S. Department of Justice lawyers that the state of Texas doesn’t have standing to challenge the Obama administration's controversial immigration policy met with resistance from a pair of federal appellate judges Friday.

Thomas de Maizière is convinced Germany does not need a new immigration law. But outside the center-right, many are in favour of making it easier for foreign nationals to enter the labour market, where they are urgently needed. EurActiv Germany reports.

The number of migrants caught trying to enter Spain illegally rose by almost 70 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year.

Ukip’s general election manifesto will reinstate a 50,000-a-year cap on immigration – a target that leader Nigel Farage scrapped just weeks ago – throwing new confusion over the party’s core policy issue on the day of its launch.

Appellate judges on Friday were to consider whether to lift a temporary hold imposed by a federal judge in Texas on President Barack Obama's executive action seeking to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is drafting a new immigration reform bill that lawmakers could start debating within the coming months, the chair of the caucus, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), said Thursday.

Between chants of, "No papers, no fear" and "Yes, we can," several New Orleans immigrants gathered in Lafayette Square Thursday (April 16) night spoke emotionally about the positive impact President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration would have on their lives.

Steve Choi head of the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) spoke at City Hall ahead of Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address to unveil NYIC’s 2015 “Immigrant Equality Agenda.” The 2015 agenda outlines key priority areas to support immigrant communities in New York, including passage of the New York State DREAM Act

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