Colombia, Portugal, US National Security
As 2002 draws to a close, The Source explores the events, big and small, that culminated in the creation of
the US Homeland Security Department. We also report on the trade and migration stalemate and Colombia's
enduring conflict. Portugal is center stage in our growing library of Country Profiles.
• As promised in August, we present the updated chronology of events
related to immigration and security that followed September 11.
Visit our Policy Beat section
by MPI's Deborah Meyers for details on the US Homeland Security Act.
• Charles Keely of Georgetown University addresses
the head-on collision between immigration controls on one hand and corporate hunger for high-skilled
labor mobility on the other. Sorting out this challenge may usher in the next
great wave of global migration.
• Colombia's internal conflict shows no signs of abating.
Hiram Ruiz of the US Committee for Refugees
paints a somber portrait of the
future for that country's internally displaced population, the third largest in the
world after those in Sudan and Angola.
• The Source interviews Doris Meissner,
former commissioner of the US
Immigration and Naturalization Service and now Senior Fellow with the Migration
Policy Institute. We sought her perspective on changes in US immigration policy, the
prospects for an immigration agreement with Mexico, and the newly approved Department of Homeland Security.
In addition, this month you'll find:
• The newest Country Profile, Portugal,
by Jorge Malheiros of the University of Lisbon.
Portugal is a country striving to embrace a global diaspora while balancing new and diverse
• Our Spotlight this month,
by Elizabeth Grieco of the Migration Policy
Institute, which examines the demographic, social, and economic characteristics
of the foreign born in the United States. Also visit the US in Focus page to access our
clickable map that generates state-by-state
profiles of the foreign-born population
in the United States and provides a summary of national statistics.
New Australian stock data by country of birth for the years 1991, 1996, and 2001. We
are grateful for the assistance of the Australian Bureau of Statistics in making their
data available. More information on Australian immigration can be found at their
website at www.abs.gov.au.
In January, look for inflow and citizenship data from the United Kingdom, Kathleen
Newland on rescue of asylum seekers at sea, Guillermina Jasso on the New Immigrant
Survey, an overview of data sources on the foreign born in the United States, and
Richard Bedford on New Zealand. The Spotlight will focus on language proficiency
among the foreign born in the US.
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