Afghanistan & Iraq, the Berne Initiative, Fiji, and Data Tools
This month's issue of the Migration Information Source is shaped by
While the fighting intensifies in Iraq, post-conflict reconstruction
continues in Afganistan. MPI Associate Policy Analyst
the lessons the Afghan experience may hold for policymakers concerned with
Heightened security concerns have led the United States to implement a
"Special Registration" program for foreign visitors from many Arab and Muslim
countries, as well as North Korea. In one of this month's Spotlights, MPI
provides concrete details on this
Also in this context, the Iraqi population in the United States has
become of increasing interest to advocates and policy analysts alike. In our
second Spotlight, MPI Data Manager
Elizabeth Grieco uses US Census, Current
Population Survey, and State Department data to describe the Iraqi population
now living in the United States.
Given new security interests, special identification programs, such as
the Mexican "matrícula consular," have grown in popularity. MPI Research
explores the controversy surrounding the matrícula and
how it could provide a model for other countries.
Ultimately, resolution of these complex migration issues at the
regional and global levels will depend on greater cooperation at the national
Michele Klein Solomon
and Kerstin Bartsch of the
International Organization for Migration examine the evolution of this dialogue
under the umbrella of the Berne Initiative.
Our Country Profile this month, by
Brij V. Lal of the Australian
National University, focuses on Fiji, a small island nation acutely affected by
the tides of emigration.
Veysel Oezcan of Humboldt University Berlin describes how, after three
years of thorny negotiations, the European Union's interior ministers have
reached a groundbreaking agreement on the right to family reunification.
We are also especially pleased to announce the addition of
international migration data for Norway to our
Global Data Center. We are
grateful for the assistance of Statistics Norway in making their data
available. More information on Norwegian international immigration can be found
at their website at
In addition, we've made it easier for you to access all the data now
available on The Source. Check out the new
Data Tools page or access it by
clicking the new hammer icon on the left-hand side of the home page.
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