Migration News Digest

Week of December 5, 2011

IOM World Migration Report 2011
The latest of the IOM’s reports on global migration was released yesterday on December 5th.
You can download the report here, watch the webcast with government ministers and other senior officials, prominent keynote speakers, notable migrants, distinguished personalities in the field of migration, and former Director General and Deputy Directors General of IOM here or read about the report in the New York Times.
Also, in case you were wondering, the Holy See just joined the IOM.

Keeping Up With Schengen
Frontex Director Ilkka Laitinen, at publicservice.co.uk on the challenges facing European border control.

To safeguard the right of Europe’s citizens to travel and trade freely without internal borders requires increased surveillance and control at the external borders. Moreover, it requires commitment and solidarity among the EU’s member states and Schengen-Associated Countries (SACs) to ensure a sharing of the common burden for the common interest. In short, Schengen’s borders are only as strong as their weakest link.

Thinking Behind The Numbers: Understanding Public Opinion on Immigration in Britain
The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford published this report a couple of weeks trying to answer the questions: What do people have in mind when they think of ‘immigrants’ and what are their views about the number of ‘immigrants’ to the UK.

Our poll supported previous findings that a large majority of people in Britain favour cuts in immigration. 69% of respondents to the survey we commissioned said they want immigration reduced. But it also found that the public’s views on immigration are complex and nuanced in a way that previous polls have failed to capture, and that these views vary substantially depending on which immigrant groups the public is considering.

The Gray Area of Gay Refugees
Jonathan Kalan, in Global Post, chronicles a Ugandan couples flight from Kampala to a Kenyan refugee camp and their life there.

These two men are not rebel soldiers. They are not fleeing war or drought, and they aren’t really brothers. They are lovers, and they came here to escape what they feared would be certain death after being outed last year in a country where homosexuality is widely considered a mortal sin, as “unnatural” as it is “un-African.”

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