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1. Senate Homeland Security Committee member report on DHS missions and performance
2. Latest issue of DOJ EOIR Immigration Law Advisor
3. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas report on the impact of immigration on the Texas economy
4. E.U.: Report on immigration into member countries, 2001-2012
5. E.U.: Border agency quarterly risk analysis for second quarter 2014
6. Canada: Report on immigration and income during the 2000s
7. Norway: Report on population and diversity
8. Australia: Population statistics


9. Pew Research Center report on decline in border apprehensions of Mexicans
10. "Who Are the DAPA-Eligible Population?"
11. "Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States"
12. Eight new discussion papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor
13. New report from the Migration Policy Institute
14. Two new working papers from the National Bureau of Economic Research
15. Thirteen new papers from the Social Science Research Network
16. Two new reports from the International Organization for Migration
17. "Cost of Counsel in Immigration: Economic Analysis of Proposal Providing Public Counsel to Indigent Persons Subject to Immigration Removal Proceedings"
18. U.K.: "The Amount Spent on Immigration Control"


19. Caribbean Crossing: African Americans and the Haitian Emigration Movement
20. The Cross-Border Connection: Immigrants, Emigrants, and Their Homelands
21. Crosscurrents: Atlantic and Pacific Migration in the Making of a Global America
22. Return to Sender: The Moral Economy of Peru's Migrant Remittances
23. Demographic Analysis of Latin American Immigrants in Spain: From Boom to Bust
24. Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way
25. The Remittance Landscape: Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA


26. CSEM Newsletter
27. Ethnic and Racial Studies
28. International Migration Review

A Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Missions and Performance
A Report by Senator Tom Coburn, Ranking Member Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate 113th Congress
January 2015

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Statutory Interplay: The Immigration Consequences of a Burglary Conviction
By Lindsay M. Vick
Immigration Law Advisor, Vol. 8 No. 9, November-December 2014

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Gone to Texas
Immigration and the Transformation of the Texas Economy
By Pia M. Orrenius, Madeline Zavodny, and Melissa LoPalo
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, November 2013

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Total number of long-term immigrants into the reporting country during the reference year
Eurostat, January 2015

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FRONTEX Risk Analysis
Quarter 2, April–June 2014
October 2014

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Immigration, Low Income and Income Inequality in Canada: What’s New in the 2000s?
By Garnett Picot and Feng Hou
Statistics Canada, December 2014

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Large diversity in little Norway
Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents
By Kristina Kvarv Andreassen, Minja Tea Dzamarija, and Tove Irene Slaastad
Statistics Norway, December 22, 2014

5 million Norwegians spread over 30 categories

As of 1 January 2013, the population of Norway was 5 051 000 persons. Table 1 shows how the Norwegian population looked at this time based on information on country of birth for three generations. The size of the groups ranged from 4 persons to 3.9 million. In other words, a large number of the categories have no statistical significance or any solid foundation for a detailed statistical analysis.

Only five of the thirty categories have more than 100 000 persons. In order to illustrate how different these groups are, we will examine six of the categories (see Table 2).

It is not necessarily the largest groups that society shows the most interest in. Groups 000, 012, 124 and 024 are large groups, and the latter two are described in our official statistics. We shall also look at two small groups: “Norwegian-born children of an immigrant and a Norwegian-born with immigrant parents” (014) and the group “children born in Norway to two Norwegian-born parents and four foreign-born grandparents “(004). Some people argue that these groups should be included in Statistics Norway’s official statistics on immigration.

000 – the largest group
The biggest group is made up of persons born in Norway with only Norwegian parents and grandparents (code 000), totalling around 3.9 million, or 77 per cent of all residents in Norway. This group totalled 85 per cent in 2004, which means that the share has fallen, but the number of persons in the group has remained relatively stable.

The fall in the share of the 000 group is not surprising, and is a visible expression of the globalisation that takes place through increased immigration. There are also more and more people marrying a spouse from another country. The size of the group has not grown in recent years because the number of deaths and emigrations is larger than the number of births and immigrations in this group

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Slowing migration for half the states and territories
Australian Bureau of Statistics, December 18, 2014

Australia's total population increased by 364,900 people to reach 23.5 million by the end of June 2014, for a growth rate of 1.6 per cent.

Natural increase contributed 152,200 people to Australia's population, made up of 300,900 births (3.3 per cent lower than the previous year) and 148,700 deaths (0.3 per cent lower than the previous year).

Overseas migration contributed 212,700 people to the population (9.7 per cent lower than the previous year), and accounted for 58 per cent of Australia's total population growth.

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U.S. border apprehensions of Mexicans fall to historic lows
By Jens Manuel Krogstad and Jeffrey S. Passel
Pew Research Center Fact Tank, December 30, 2014

These numbers are dramatically different than in 2007 when Mexican apprehensions totaled 809,000, compared with just 68,000 non-Mexicans. The number of Mexican immigrants apprehended at the border peaked at 1.6 million in 2000, the Pew Research analysis showed. The last time Mexican apprehensions were as low as they are now was in 1970 when 219,000 Mexicans were apprehended. In 1970, non-Mexican apprehensions totaled just 12,000.

The recent increase in non-Mexican apprehensions is due in part to a surge in unaccompanied Central American child migrants crossing the border without their parents. In fiscal year 2014, nearly 52,000 unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, more than double the total from the previous year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. By contrast, the number of unaccompanied Mexican children apprehended slightly declined over the same time period, from 17,000 to 16,000.

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Who Are the DAPA-Eligible Population?
By Audrey Singer
Brookings Institution Immigration Facts, December 29, 2014,

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Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States
By Colleen Owens, Meredith Dank, Amy Farrell, Justin Breaux, Isela Banuelos, Rebecca Pfeffer, Ryan Heitsmith, Katie Bright, and Jack McDevitt
The Urban Institute, October 2014

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New from the Institute for the Study of Labor

1. Native-Immigrant Gaps in Educational and School-to-Work Transitions in the Second Generation: The Role of Gender and Ethnicity
By Stijn Baert, Frank Heiland, and Sanders Korenman
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8752, December 2014

2. The Impact of Multilingualism on Spanish Language Acquisition among Immigrants in Spain
By Santiago Budría and Pablo Swedberg
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8748, December 2014

3. On the Economic Geography of International Migration
By Caglar Ozden and Christopher Parsons
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8747, December 2014

4. Informing Migration Policies: A Data Primer
By Calogero Carletto, Jennica Larrison, and Caglar Ozden
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8745, December 2014

5. The Impact of Temporary Protected Status on Immigrants' Labor Market Outcomes
By Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8744, December 2014

6. Migration and the Demographic Shift
By Anzelika Zaiceva and Klaus F. Zimmermann
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8743, December 2014

7. Benefits of Education at the Intensive Margin: Childhood Academic Performance and Adult Outcomes among American Immigrants
By Deniz Gevrek, Z. Eylem Gevrek, and Cahit Guven
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8697, December 2014

8. Should I Stay or Should I Go? Romanian Migrants during Transition and Enlargements
Daniela Andrén, Monica Roman
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8690, December 2014 1.

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New from the Migration Policy Institute

Lessons from the Local Level: DACA's Implementation and Impact on Education and Training Success
By Sarah Hooker, Margie McHugh, and Angelo Mathay
January 2015

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New from the National Bureau of Economic Research

The Welfare State and Migration: A Dynamic Analysis of Political Coalitions
By Assaf Razin, Efraim Sadka, Benjarong Suwankiri
NBER Working Paper No. w20806, December 2014

Illegal Immigration, State Law, and Deterrence
By Mark Hoekstra and Sandra Orozco-Aleman
NBER Working Paper No. w20801, December 2014

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New from the Social Science Research Network

1. How State Support of Religion Shapes Attitudes Toward Muslim Immigrants. New Evidence from a Subnational Comparison
By Marc Helbling, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) and Richard Traunmuller, Goethe University Frankfurt
Added January 6, 2015

2. Discipline and Punish? Analysis of the Purposes of Immigration Detention in Europe
By Izabella Majcher, Global Detention Project and Clément De Senarclens
AmeriQuests Vol. 11, No. 2 (2014)

3. The Constitutionality of DAPA Part I: Congressional Acquiescence to Deferred Action
By Josh Blackman, South Texas College of Law
103 Georgetown Law Journal Online __ (2015 Forthcoming)

4. Immigration Policy Index
By Dmytro Vikhrov, Charles University in Prague
Added January 1, 2015
CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 523

5. 'Mandatory Detention?' Why the Colloquial Name for INA § 236(c) is a Misnomer and how Alternatives to Detention Programs can Fulfill its Custody Requirement
By Katie Mullins, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Law School
71 Nat’l Law. Guild Rev. (Spring 2015, Forthcoming)

6. Introduction: Understanding Immigration Detention
Stephanie J. Silverman, University of Toronto Centre for Ethics and Amy Nethery, Deakin University
Immigration Detention: The Migration of a Policy and Its Human Impact, Routledge, 2015

7. In the Wake of Irregular Arrivals: Changes to the Canadian Immigration Detention System
By Stephanie J. Silverman, University of Toronto Centre for Ethics
Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2014

8. Litigating Immigration Detainer Issues
By Christopher N. Lasch, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Chapter 34 in Immigration Law for the Colorado Practitioner, 3d Ed Oct 2014

9. ‘Stuck in the Middle’: Waiting and Uncertainty in Immigration Detention
By Sarah Turnbull, University of Oxford
Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship Research Paper

10. From Birthright Citizenship to Open Borders? Some Doubts
By Speranta Dumitru, Université Paris Descartes
Ethical Perspectives, 21 (2014), 608-614

11. Measuring Immigration Policies: Preliminary Evidence from IMPALA
By Michel A. R. Beine, University of Luxemburg; Brian Michael Burgoon, University of Amsterdam; Mary Elizabeth Crock, University of Sydney Faculty of Law et al.
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5109, 2014

12. Whose Security? The Deportation of Foreign-National Offenders from the UK
By Ines Hasselberg, University of Oxford Border Criminologies
In M. Maguire, N. Zurawski and C. Frois (eds) The Anthropology of Security: Perspectives from the Frontline of Policing, Counter-Terrorism and Border Control. London: Pluto Press 2014
Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship Research Paper

13. Informal Networks, Phones and Facebook: Information Seeking and Technology Use by Undocumented Migrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border
By Bryce Clayton Newell, University of Washington - The Information School and Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington - The Information School
Proceedings of the 2015 iConference, March 2015, Forthcoming

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New from the International Organization for Migration

A ‘Freer’ Flow of Skilled Labour within ASEAN: Aspirations, Opportunities and Challenges in 2015 and Beyond
By Guntur Sugiyarto and Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias
IOM-MPI Issue in Brief No. 11, December 2014

The State of Environmental Migration 2014 - A Review of 2013
Edited by François Gemenne, Pauline Brucker, and Dina Ionesco
December 2014

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Cost of Counsel in Immigration: Economic Analysis of Proposal Providing Public Counsel to Indigent Persons Subject to Immigration Removal Proceedings
By John D. Montgomery
National Economic Research Associates, May 28, 2014

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The Amount Spent on Immigration Control
MigrationWatch UK, January 2015

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Caribbean Crossing: African Americans and the Haitian Emigration Movement
By Sara Fanning

NYU Press, 192 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 0814764932, $30.25

Kindle, 1565 KB, ASIN: B00PV2QGZA, $23.33

Book Description: Shortly after winning its independence in 1804, Haiti’s leaders realized that if their nation was to survive, it needed to build strong diplomatic bonds with other nations. Haiti’s first leaders looked especially hard at the United States, which had a sizeable free black population that included vocal champions of black emigration and colonization. In the 1820s, President Jean-Pierre Boyer helped facilitate a migration of thousands of black Americans to Haiti with promises of ample land, rich commercial prospects, and most importantly, a black state. His ideas struck a chord with both blacks and whites in America. Journalists and black community leaders advertised emigration to Haiti as a way for African Americans to resist discrimination and show the world that the black race could be an equal on the world stage, while antislavery whites sought to support a nation founded by liberated slaves. Black and white businessmen were excited by trade potential, and racist whites viewed Haiti has a way to export the race problem that plagued America.

By the end of the decade, black Americans migration to Haiti began to ebb as emigrants realized that the Caribbean republic wasn’t the black Eden they’d anticipated. Caribbean Crossing documents the rise and fall of the campaign for black emigration to Haiti, drawing on a variety of archival sources to share the rich voices of the emigrants themselves. Using letters, diary accounts, travelers’ reports, newspaper articles, and American, British, and French consulate records, Sara Fanning profiles the emigrants and analyzes the diverse motivations that fueled this unique early moment in both American and Haitian history.

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The Cross-Border Connection: Immigrants, Emigrants, and Their Homelands
By Roger Waldinger

Harvard University Press, 240 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 0674736737, $23.69

Kindle, 1506 KB, ASIN: B00RLHMOLS, $16.47

Book Description: International migration presents the human face of globalization. Roger Waldinger addresses a paradox at its core: emigrants departing one society become immigrants in another, tying those two societies together. He explains how interconnections between place of origin and destination are built and maintained and why they eventually fall apart.

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Crosscurrents: Atlantic and Pacific Migration in the Making of a Global America
By Reed Ueda

Oxford University Press, 248 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 0199757445, $26.96

Book Description: Crosscurrents: Atlantic and Pacific Migration in the Making of a Global America, 1800-Present asks two fundamental questions: When and how did the trajectories of Atlantic history and Pacific history overlap and converge with each other through travel and migration? What historically rooted processes drove people originally separated by immense physical and cultural distances into mutual encounters, close exchanges, and collective creativity in building an inter-hemispheric social and cultural life based on group diversity? Historian Reed Ueda moves beyond regional compartments to uncover transnational inter-linkages of migration, trade, and cross-cultural change. The result is a powerful new synthesis that puts American history in a new light. Impeccably researched, Crosscurrents uses a wide variety of sources--public records, personal writings, quantitative data sets, and visual material--to show the historical developments of these transformations. It is an ideal text for courses in immigration history, history of the Atlantic, history of the Pacific, history of California, and the history of the American West.

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Return to Sender: The Moral Economy of Peru's Migrant Remittances
By Karsten Paerregaard

University of California Press, 336 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 0520284739, $58.50

Paperback, ISBN: 0520284747, $31.46

Kindle, 1450 KB, ASIN: B00RL8ISD0, $19.22

Book Description: Return to Sender is an anthropological account of how Peruvian emigrants raise and remit money and what that activity means for themselves and for their home communities. The book draws on first-hand ethnographic data from North and South America, Europe, and Japan to describe how Peruvians remit to relatives at home, collectively raise money to organize development projects in their regions of origin, and invest savings in business and other activities.

Karsten Paerregaard challenges unqualified approval of remittances as beneficial resources of development for home communities and important income for home countries. He finds a more complex situation in which remittances can also create dependency and deprivation.

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Demographic Analysis of Latin American Immigrants in Spain: From Boom to Bust
By Andreu Domingo, Albert Sabater Coll, and Richard Ruiz Verdugo

Springer, 215 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 3319123602, $109.34

Book Description: This book provides a unique, timely and comprehensive insight into Latin American immigrants in Spain. Each chapter uses a demographic framework to examining important topics related to the experiences of Latin American immigrants in Spain, like their rapid acquisition of nationality, their contrasting patterns of migration and settlement compared to other immigrant groups, their labour market experiences before and during the economic recession, their reproductive behaviour before and after settling in Spain, as well as the push and pull factors of what is regarded as one of the single biggest waves of international migration ever experienced by Spain.

Beyond the investigation of such pertinent topics, this book addresses issues relating to the adequacy of demographic theory in explaining the presence of Latin American immigrants in Spain, particularly the trailblazing presence of women among the immigrants. Spain unquestionably constitutes a good example of the fact that the future of demographic growth in post-transitional countries is mainly and irreversibly marked by the evolution of migratory movements, while the latter factor is closely linked with the economic state of affairs. In the short term at least, the causal relations go from economy to demography. In the long term, if economic growth is linked with demographic growth as some economists hypothesise, this would also be fundamental, not only in the sense of growth itself but also with regard to how this might be distributed.

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Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way
By Hasia R. Diner

Yale University Press, 280 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 0300178646, $28.96

Kindle, 2427 KB, ASIN: B00RKVP980, $19.25

Book Description: Between the late 1700s and the 1920s, nearly one-third of the world’s Jews emigrated to new lands. Crossing borders and often oceans, they followed paths paved by intrepid peddlers who preceded them. This book is the first to tell the remarkable story of the Jewish men who put packs on their backs and traveled forth, house to house, farm to farm, mining camp to mining camp, to sell their goods to peoples across the world. Persistent and resourceful, these peddlers propelled a mass migration of Jewish families out of central and eastern Europe, north Africa, and the Ottoman Empire to destinations as far-flung as the United States, Great Britain, South Africa, and Latin America.

Hasia Diner tells the story of millions of discontented young Jewish men who sought opportunity abroad, leaving parents, wives, and sweethearts behind. Wherever they went, they learned unfamiliar languages and customs, endured loneliness, battled the elements, and proffered goods from the metropolis to people of the hinterlands. In the Irish Midlands, the Adirondacks of New York, the mining camps of New South Wales, and so many other places, these traveling men brought change—to themselves and the families who later followed, to the women whose homes and communities they entered, and ultimately to the geography of Jewish history.

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The Remittance Landscape: Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA
By Sarah Lynn Lopez

University Of Chicago Press, 336 pp.

Hardcover, ISBN: 022620281X, $81.00

Paperback, ISBN: 022620281X, $27.00

Kindle, 16533 KB, ASIN: B00RM5K8E4, $16.50

Book Description: Immigrants in the United States send more than $20 billion every year back to Mexico—one of the largest flows of such remittances in the world. With The Remittance Landscape, Sarah Lynn Lopez offers the first extended look at what is done with that money, and in particular how the building boom that it has generated has changed Mexican towns and villages.

Lopez not only identifies a clear correspondence between the flow of remittances and the recent building boom in rural Mexico but also proposes that this construction boom itself motivates migration and changes social and cultural life for migrants and their families. At the same time, migrants are changing the landscapes of cities in the United States: for example, Chicago and Los Angeles are home to buildings explicitly created as headquarters for Mexican workers from several Mexican states such as Jalisco, Michoacán, and Zacatecas. Through careful ethnographic and architectural analysis, and fieldwork on both sides of the border, Lopez brings migrant hometowns to life and positions them within the larger debates about immigration.

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CSEM Newsletter
January 2015

English language content:

By Ashfaq Yusufzai
They number between two and three million; some have lived in makeshift shelters for just a few months, while others have roots that stretch much further back into history. Most fled to escape war, others simply ran away from joblessness.

Whatever their reasons for being here, Afghan refugees in Pakistan all now face a similar plight: of being caught up in the dragnet that is sweeping through the country with the stated goal of removing ‘illegal’ residents from this South Asian nation of 180 million people.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), some 1.6 million Afghans are legally residing in Pakistan, having been granted proof of registration (PoR) by the U.N. body. Twice that number is believed to be unlawfully dwelling here, primarily in the northern, tribal belt that borders Afghanistan.

Most arrived during the Soviet invasion of 1979, the chaos of war squeezing millions of Afghans out of their embattled nation and over the mountainous border that stretches for some 2,700 km along rocky terrain.
The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and what was then known as the North-West Frontier Province, now called Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), offered an easy point of assimilation, the shared language of Pashto bridging the divide between ethnic Pashtun Afghans and the majority Punjabi population.

But what began as a warm welcome has turned progressively sour over the decades, as Afghans are increasingly blamed for rising crime, unemployment and persistent militancy in the region.
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By Paul Jeffrey
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The Honduran government only gets involved in immigration issues when it is pressured by the U.S. government, said Jesuit Father Ismael Moreno, director of a Jesuit think tank in El Progreso. Otherwise it welcomes the more than $8.5 million a day in remittances sent home by Hondurans living in the United States, Spain, and elsewhere. In 2013, these remittances totaled a record $3.1 billion, and 2014 numbers are expected to increase by 9 percent.

"For the Honduran government and the country's business elite, it makes good business sense that there are a million Hondurans abroad sending money here. Remittances are a key to the survival of their economic model. We can't expect the government to do anything that would jeopardize its own survival," Father Moreno said.

The Honduran government did respond publicly last year when the number of child migrants showing up on the U.S. border brought unprecedented media attention.
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Chinese municipal governments must widen unemployment benefits to residents who are not registered locally, China said on Wednesday, as it dismantles hurdles to urbanization efforts by easing conditions for migrant workers.

China's reform-minded leaders have shown greater tolerance for slower economic growth, viewing healthy employment levels as a top policy priority and an important condition for social stability.

Chinese leaders have pledged to loosen their grip on residence registration, known as hukou, to try to hasten an urbanization drive.

This would help migrant workers, who lack urban hukou, and are cut off, along with their families, from access to education and social welfare outside their home villages.

Lack of a local registration should no longer be used as a basis for denying unemployment benefits, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said, according to a government website.

Local governments must also provide free career counseling and job-seeking services, and subsidize career development and skill-building, it added.

China has slowly eased household registration curbs even as the government has struggled to balance goals such as encouraging millions of farmers to migrate to cities and avoiding the slums and unemployment woes plaguing other developing nations.
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Ethnic and Racial Studies
Vol. 38, No. 3, February 2015

Selected articles:

The end of late-generation European ethnicity in America?
By Herbert J. Gans

Thinking Lampedusa: border construction, the spectacle of bare life and the productivity of migrants
By Nick Dines, Nicola Montagna and Vincenzo Ruggiero

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International Migration Review
Vol. 48, No. 4, Winter 2014



A Manifesto for Quantitative Multi-sited Approaches to International Migration
By Cris Beauchemin


Distance, Transnational Arrangements, and Return Decisions of Senegalese, Ghanaian, and Congolese Migrants
By Amparo González-Ferrer, Pau Baizán, Cris Beauchemin, Elisabeth Kraus, Bruno Schoumaker, and Richard Black

Gender Differences in the Role of Migrant Networks: Comparing Congolese and Senegalese Migration Flows
By Sorana Toma and Sophie Vause

A Multi Sited Approach to Analysis of Destination Immigration Data: An Asian Example
By Graeme Hugo


Explaining Undocumented Migration to the U.S.
By Douglas S. Massey, Jorge Durand, and Karen A. Pren

Pathways into Irregular Status Among Senegalese Migrants in Europe
By Erik Vickstrom

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