Last week a US State Department official notified refugee groups worldwide that they could begin bringing refugees into the United States through the usual multi-year process “unconstrained by the weekly quotas that were in place” under previous US legal and budgetary requirements. The decision undercuts the executive order issued in January by US President Donald Trump to suspend immediately all refugee admissions for a period of at least four months and to lower the ceiling on the number of refugees allowed annually from 110,000 to 50,000.
The inflow of people to the United States is broad, but within this general category of people displaced by war, persecution, and similar unsafe and intolerable living conditions, our focus must encompass both refugees and asylum seekers.
Given the population and geographic size of the United States and the resettlement trends for refugees and asylum seekers Americans have vastly different experience levels in opening their communities to these new residents. This reality creates a requirement on state and federal governments, resettlement organizations, and others in the community to share information and educate citizens.
* The fiscal year runs from October of the previous year through September of the current year. For example, the 2017 fiscal year covers the period from October 2016 through September 2017.
About 3% of world population are international migrants. The United States has the highest stock of international migrants, which increased from 23.3 in 1990 to 42.8 million people in 2010. Russia, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Canada follow the U.S. in terms of international migrants stock. In 2010 the outflow of international migrants from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China and Mexico taken together amounted to 11 million people. The majority of international migrants is a cheap and low qualified labor force. Only 5% of tertiary educated population in the world left their countries as international migrants.
The Hugo Conference will focus on the interactions between environmental changes and migration, and is funded through the Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union (EU). The conference, organized by the University of Liège, is named after the late Graeme Hugo (1946-2015), a pioneering scholar of the linkages between environmental changes and migration. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from social sciences and environmental sciences, and promote their scholarly interaction. Topics to be addressed include: the social dimensions of vulnerability; immobility and trapped populations;...
The leaders of the 27 remaining EU member states (all those except for the UK, which has voted to leave the EU) will gather to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community among the original six (Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany). Event Holder: The Council of the European Union
Source: UN, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division