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Australia plans to halve migrant intake, tighten student visa rules

People cross a street in the city centre following further easing of coronavirus disease restrictions in Sydney, Australia, on 10th December, 2020.

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia on Monday said it would tighten visa rules for international students and low-skilled workers that could halve its migrant intake over the next two years as the government looks to overhaul what it said was a “broken” migration system.  The decision comes after net immigration was expected to have peaked at a […]

Australia passes new detention laws for stateless convicts

Australia's Federal Parliament in Canberra, on 8th May, 2012

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia has passed new laws allowing former immigration detainees to be locked up again if they pose any risk of committing serious offences after they were released in a landmark ruling by the country’s top court. Under the new laws passed by the Parliament late on Wednesday, a court can order the detention […]

Canada caps immigration target amid housing crunch, inflation

An asylum seeker arrives by taxi to cross into Canada from the US border on Roxham Road in Champlain, New York, US, on 25th February, 2023

Toronto, CanadaReuters Canada’s liberal government kept immigration targets unchanged for the next two years and said it would stop ramping up immigration from 2026 onwards, as the country grapples with high inflation and a housing crisis. An asylum seeker arrives by taxi to cross into Canada from the US border on Roxham Road in Champlain, […]

UK to stop housing asylum seekers in 50 hotels by early next year

Some officials are aboard the Bibby Stockholm barge at Portland, near Poole, Britain, on 7th August, 2023.

London, UKReuters Britain on Tuesday said it will stop using 50 of the hotels in which it houses asylum seekers and instead rely on cheaper forms of accommodation as part of plans to deter people arriving on the south coast of England in small boats. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has made stopping people arriving on […]

Swiss turn to right at election as immigration fears weigh

General view of the snow-covered mountains of the Bernese Alps, Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau, as seen from Bern, Switzerland, on 28th October, 2020

Zurich, SwitzerlandReuters Switzerland looked set to shift to the right in national elections on Sunday, as concerns about immigration trumped fears about climate change and melting glaciers, though the vote is unlikely to change the make-up of the Swiss government.  The right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP), Switzerland’s biggest political party, increased its share of the […]

Pope’s visit to France stirs debate over immigration, secularism

Pope Francis meets people on the day of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, on 13th September, 2023

Paris, FranceReuters Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to France next week has stirred debate in the French political class, with left-wing politicians criticising the president for attending Mass while the far-right objects to the Pope’s positive views on immigration. Francis will travel to Marseille, France’s second city and a historic gateway for immigrants, where he is expected […]