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Who Will Save These Dying Italian Towns? - The New York Times
BUT THE FARTHER ONE gets from major cities like Florence or Rome, the more difficult it is to attract weekend tourists. Deep in Sicily, off a terrible road whose signs resignedly warn of potholes, lies the isolated town of Sutera, built around the base of a steep mountain. In 2013, at the behest of its mayor, the town opened its doors — and its empty houses — to survivors of the catastrophic Lampedusa shipwreck, which killed more than 360 refugees. Sutera’s population had dwindled from 5,000 in 1970 to just 1,500, and the mayor recognized the humanitarian and economic opportunity the migrants could provide for his moribund town. To help the refugees, most of whom are from sub-Saharan Africa, integrate into the community, they are paired with local families, and required to take Italian lessons, given to them by the town’s citizens. (The European Union provides funding for food, clothing and housing, which can spur the creation of jobs for both migrants and locals.) Initially, there was some resistance, but that has disappeared with the energy these newcomers have brought to the area. Today, one can find young Nigerians taking their morning espresso alongside the old men, and local childre
italy  migrant  immigration  economics  rural 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
LSE BREXIT – If the UK wants to cut immigration, it must change its model of capitalism
the UK displays features that make it especially dependent on migrant labour. The UK combines the features of a so-called Liberal Market Economy (with low employment protection, a lightly regulated labour market, and a large low-wage sector) and a consumption-led growth model (which depends heavily on domestic household consumption and population growth rather than exports). These institutional features have strengthened demand for migrant workers to compensate for mismatches and imbalances in the socio-economic regime.
uk  work  politics  migrant  immigration 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Greece: Between Deterrence and Integration
The site hosts vulnerable refugees and migrants, and outside there are picnic tables, simple wooden chalets and inflatable shelters that appear to have rolled into place under the trees like giant footballs. Colorful murals that owe more to enthusiasm and peace slogans than artistry decorate the administrative building. The vibe here, as in many of the charitable refugee shelters in Greece, is more kibbutz than camp. Situated a short drive to the south of the city of Mytilini, the only chain-link fence to be found belongs to an adjoining tennis club.
greece  immigration  politics  healthcare 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
Fewer Britons living in EU than previously thought, study finds | Politics | The Guardian
About 900,000 British citizens are living in other European Union countries – fewer than the previous widely quoted estimate of 1.2 million, according to research by the Office of National Statistics.

The new lower estimate is likely to have implications for the forthcoming negotiations between Britain and the EU over the future residency rights of the 3.15 million EU nationals living in the UK and British citizens in the rest of the bloc.
population  work  eu  uk  immigration 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
How Britain broke its taboo on blaming immigrants and why that makes Brexit harder
a series of falsehoods about Eastern European immigrants: that they are taking British jobs (they are not), depressing wages (on average they don't), putting pressure on the NHS (utter nonsense, because they are young and able-bodied), taking resources from the native population (rubbish - from 2004 to 2014 they paid net £8bn to the exchequer; the native population paid net minus £671bn), are out of work scrounging on benefits (false), are taking in-work benefits at a disproportionate rate (also false, and inconsistent with the idea that they are stealing jobs and top-up benefits for working people).
immigration  politics  uk 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
LSE BREXIT – ‘They can move’ – or can they? Freedom of movement, Brexit and working-class stasis
But let us also consider why some people are not free to move. People who move place or class (and the two often go together) tend to have subtle advantages. To move takes resources—and not just a travel fare or formal education. Moving takes a mind for complexity, an imagination for ambition, a stomach for homesickness—and a readiness to risk rejection.

This is how, for all the discrimination they experience, immigrants and their children in England can have resources those left-behind lack. At school, ethnic minority working-class boys fare better than their white counterparts, while more diverse inner London schools do better than majority white ones. Experiences vary, especially by class, but perhaps minorities have pushier parents who didn’t leave home for nothing. Perhaps, with family abroad, they have a mental map that orientates them in a global world; tastes that readily cross cultures. So total is England’s class system, categorising people on every preference and pronunciation, you can be lucky if, by ethnic difference, you don’t neatly into it.
immigration  sociology  Brexit 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
LSE BREXIT – The Brexit white paper makes some very questionable claims about immigration
However, a citizen of an EU country can stay in another EU country for more than three months only in three cases:

If she/he finds a job (becomes employed or self-employed), or
If she/he and accompanying family have sufficient resources and sickness insurance and do not become a burden on the social assistance system of the host member state, or
If she/he has a student status and sufficient resources to cover living expenses and sickness insurance.

New jobseekers have a slightly more preferential treatment. Following European Court of Justice rulings, they can stay up to six (and not three) months. However, a six-month period is not that long and after six months host country authorities can ask the jobseeker to leave if she/he cannot prove to have a realistic chance of finding work there (see here). Host country authorities can also expel the jobseeker, although this cannot be an automatic process and all relevant circumstances have to be considered.

Therefore, the free residency right can be exercised unconditionally only for a period up to three months, for jobseekers up to six months. But only workers (and their family members), students and the very rich who do not rely on the social assistance system of the host country can stay for longer. Permanent residency is acquired only after a continuous period of five years legal residency according to the conditions described above.
immigration  eu  work  france  uk 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
My country was destroyed – Medium
Since that time, I decided to speak up on behalf of all the Syrian refugees and be their voice, to call upon other countries to open their hearts and doors to my people, and also, to end the regime change war that’s causing more people to flee. I do not support one side or the other in the Syrian conflict. But I’m very frustrated by the Western media’s one-sided coverage of this war. The U.S., the West, and the Gulf countries are funding rebels associated with al-Qaeda and ISIS, giving them weapons to empower them to keep fighting and destroy and divide Syria. I know first-hand. I’ve been trying to tell the world about what is happening in Syria, but the media doesn’t want people to hear the truth.
syria  war  politics  immigration  refugees 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Fragil - L’étranger comme variable d’ajustement économique et politique
La France n’a pas assez d’étrangers. Son besoin est estimé à 16% en plus, pour maintenir son équilibre démographique et budgétaire dans les années à venir.

« Un phénomène modeste, les migrations concernent 3% de la population mondiale ». Les chiffres des mouvements migratoires contredisent le cliché de l’immigration comme problème majeur. Les personnes qui quittent leur pays d’origine pour s’installer dans un autre représentent que 3% des individus sur terre (Nations Unies).
france  politics  immigration 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Let's first address the fundamental question of whether undocu­mented immigrants are a drain on our nation's resources. It is estimated that there are 11.4 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, 81% from Latin America. While their proportion has been declining over the past few years, Mexicans make up approximately 58% of the total, while immigrants from other Latin American countries account for the remaining 23%. At the same time, immigration from Asia, the Middle East and Africa is rising. Six states account for over 60% of unauthorized immigrants (Cali­fornia, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Illinois). Undoc­umented laborers make up a bit over 5% of the US workforce. Collectively, undocumented immigrants contribute approximately $12 billion per year in state, local and federal taxes, and this is expected to increase by $2.2 billion under the Obama Adminis­tration's proposed comprehensive immigration reform. Moreover, they pay an estimated $13 billion per year into Social Security, from which they receive no benefit.[1]

It is well known that in the USA, not everyone has equal access to health care. In fact, at 40%, undocumented Latinos have among the lowest levels of insurance coverage and thus are more likely to have to pay for health services out of pocket. They also use very little primary or secondary health care.[2] When they use primary health care, they typically seek services at busy, poorly funded community clinics or in more costly hospital emergency departments. These facilities can be of low quality and without sufficient resources to provide language-concordant care. Ironi­cally, while some of those 60% without insurance may receive indigent care, the services provided them in safety-net facilities are often subsidized by federal and state provisions—to which their taxes contribute.
us  health  immigration 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Trump's Immigration Fiasco Might Be More Premeditated Than We Think | Mother Jones
In cases like this, the smart money is usually on incompetence, not malice. But this looks more like deliberate malice to me. Bannon wanted turmoil and condemnation. He wanted this executive order to get as much publicity as possible. He wanted the ACLU involved. He thinks this will be a PR win.

Liberals think the same thing. All the protests, the court judgments, the press coverage: this is something that will make middle America understand just what Trump is really all about. And once they figure it out, they'll turn on him.

In other words, both sides think that maximum exposure is good for them. Liberals think middle America will be appalled at Trump's callousness. Bannon thinks middle America will be appalled that lefties and the elite media are taking the side of terrorists. After a week of skirmishes, this is finally a hill that both sides are willing to die for. Who's going to win?
politics  us  racism  immigration 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Text of Trump Executive Order on Barring Refugees - Washington Wire - WSJ

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows...

Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans. And while the visa-issuance process was reviewed and amended after the September 11 attacks to better detect would-be terrorists from receiving visas, these measures did not stop attacks by foreign nationals who were admitted to the United States.
us  politics  immigration 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
What have the immigrants ever done for us? | The Economist
By calculating European immigrants’ share of the cost of government spending and their contribution to government revenues, the scholars estimate that between 1995 and 2011 the migrants made a positive contribution of more than £4 billion ($6.4 billion) to Britain, compared with an overall negative contribution of £591 billion for native Britons. Between 2001 and 2011, the net fiscal contribution of recent arrivals from the eastern European countries that have joined the EU since 2004 has amounted to almost £5 billion. Even during the worst years of the financial crisis, in 2007-11, they made a net contribution of almost £2 billion to British public finances. Migrants from other European countries chipped in £8.6 billion.
immigration  uk  economics 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
The real problem with linguistic shirkers | Language on the Move
those who point the finger at migrant language shirkers vastly underestimate the effort involved in language learning. The consensus in applied linguistics is that language learning takes a long time and that the precise duration and final outcome as measured in proficiency level are almost impossible to predict as they depend on many factors, most of which are outside of the control of an individual language learner, such as age, level of education, aptitude, teaching program, language proximity or access to interactional opportunities.

Language learning is not at all a simple task and most people readily forget that it takes about twelve years to learn your first language. The first five or six years from birth are devoted to acquiring oral fluency and then another six years or so are needed to learn how to read and write, to acquire the academic and textual conventions of a language and also to extend grammatical structures, expand vocabulary and refine pragmatic conventions.
language  learning  immigration  germany  London  exclusion 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
David Cameron, there aren't 70,000 moderate fighters in Syria - and whoever heard of a moderate with a Kalashnikov, anyway? | Voices | The Independent
we are not “at war”. Isis can massacre our innocents, but it is not invading us. Isis is not about to capture Paris or London – as we and the Americans captured Baghdad and Mosul in 2003. No. What Isis intends to do is to persuade us to destroy ourselves. Isis wants us to hate our Muslim minorities. It wants civil war in France between the elite and its disenfranchised Muslims, most of them of Algerian origin. It wants the Belgians to hate their Muslims. It wants us Brits to hate our Muslims. Isis must have been outraged by the thousands of fine Europeans who welcomed with love the million Muslim refugees who reached Germany. The Muslims should have been heading towards the new Caliphate – not running away from it. So now it wishes to turn us against the refugees.
syria  iraq  war  immigration  politics 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Life in a refugee camp: 'the cold and fear get in your bones' | Society | The Guardian
Many of the injuries the doctors treat are the direct result of attempts to reach the UK.
france  uk  immigration  language 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Nantes. Incendie dans un squat : les réactions des syndicats et du diocèse | Presse Océan
Xavier Brunier, délégué épiscopal à la solidarité, a lui aussi tenu à réagir. "Le Diocèse de Nantes dénonce avec force cette violence. Cet acte aurait pu tuer des hommes ou de femmes qui ont fuit des pays en guerre et une grande misère. L’esprit évangélique nous rappelle le respect dû à tout être humain, quelles que soient ses origines ou sa religion et tout particulièrement pour les personnes les plus vulnérables. Le diocèse tient à saluer et à soutenir toutes les propositions d’accueil et de fraternité manifestées auprès des migrants depuis plusieurs mois."
nantes  politics  religion  immigration 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
We Asked An Expert What Would Happen if the EU Opened Its Borders to Everyone | VICE | United Kingdom
A more nuanced debate would begin from the solid consensus of serious economic research that there are large overall economic benefits, and discuss how to transition in order to capture those benefits. Economic development in poor countries is associated with more emigration – not less
immigration  europe 
may 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Economics of Illegality: Who Profits | Social Abjection
I want to trouble this moral binarism, by concentrating on the Economics of Illegality—and in particular, I want to focus on the multiple forms of profiteering–by people smugglers, by national governments, by dictators, by energy companies, by global securities companies, by passport forgers, and by employers, which shape migrant journeys.

Indeed, Favour’s story reveals that it is illegality –as a classificatory status—that allows migrants to be capitalised as commodities to be exchanged in neocolonial market/traffic in people.
immigration  politics  economics  law 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
BBC News - The millionaires who rescue people at sea
A philanthropist couple have launched what they say is the world's first privately funded vessel to help migrants in trouble at sea.
immigration  rescue_services 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
[C/Data] L’immigration en chiffres »
Commençons par une définition : pour l’Insee, est “immigré” toute personne étrangère née à l’étranger et résident en France et ce, à vie ! Même ceux qui acquièrent la nationalité française par naturalisation,
Regardons maintenant le flux majoritaire : l’immigration légale. Plus de 5,4 millions de personnes en 2009 (Immigration légale en 2009 : 5 433 000 personnes) qui sont venues en France pour trois raisons principales : le regroupement familial (46%), les études (28%) et la recherche de travail (10%). (humanitaire 10%, divers 6%).

Cela représente 8,4% de la population française. Une proportion qui n’a guère augmenté en 30 ans : en 1975 déjà, 7,4% des habitants de l’hexagone étaient nés étrangers à l’étranger, soit 3,8 millions de personnes à l’époque.
immigration  france 
october 2012 by juliusbeezer

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