Australia to Introduce Tougher English Language Tests for Migrants

FILE – In this file photo made from Australia Broadcasting Corporation video taken shows asylum seekers protesting the possible closure of their detention center on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, Oct. 31, 2017. WVNTR – SYDNEY — Australia is planning to bring in tougher English language tests for migrants and new citizens. The center-right government says […]

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IOM’s Director General Praises Spain for Bringing 600+ Migrants to Safety

The Aquarius picked up nearly 630 migrants, including over 120 unaccompanied children and seven pregnant women on Saturday (09/06).  Photo: Getty WVNTR – IOM, the UN Migration Agency praises Spain’s action bringing over six hundred migrants stranded on Mediterranean rescue ships to safety. “I’m glad Spain has stepped forward to defuse this crisis, but I […]

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Majority of illegal migrants to Canada in 2018 are Nigerians with U.S. travel visas

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer informs a migrant couple of the location of a legal border station, shortly before they illegally crossing from Champlain, N.Y., to Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Charles Krupa/Associated Press WVN – OTTAWA — Canadian officials in Nigeria are working with the U.S. on developing tools […]

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Migrants Sent Record $466 Billion Home in 2017 – World Bank

WVN – Remittances to low- and middle-income countries rebounded to a record level in 2017 after two consecutive years of decline, says the World Bank’s latest Migration and Development Brief. The Bank estimates that officially recorded remittances to low- and middle-income countries reached $466 billion in 2017, an increase of 8.5 percent over $429 billion […]

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Medical Ethics: UK Uses Data from Doctors to Find Migrants

A general view of a clinic in east London, March 23, 2018. To track down refugees in Britain who may have broken immigration rules, the government is controversially turning to the doctors who treat them for information, although data sharing could make migrants nervous about getting medical attention. WVN – LONDON — To track down […]

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Italy Migrants Fear Uncertain Future After Election

Samuel Pieta, 33, holds his cat in his apartment room in one of the four occupied buildings by migrants of the former Olympic village in Turin, Italy, Jan. 8, 2018. WVN –  (VOA) – Ibrahim, a 35-year-old Moroccan who hawks bracelets weaved out of multi-colored fabric in front of Milan’s cathedral, teared up when he spoke of […]

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 160,067 in 2017; Deaths Reach 2,985

WVN – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 160,067 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 19 November, with about 75 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 345,544 arrivals across the region through the same period last year. IOM Rome […]

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