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Australia to attract more young people from Europe on working holidays

Australia to attract more young people from Europe on working holidays
In spite of the ongoing rows over entry-level jobs for locals, Australia is planning to encourage young people from high-unemployment European countries to apply for working holiday visas. Struggling European nations with high youth unemployment and ongoing economic problems will be targeted in a new push to increase the number of working...

Rupert Murdoch states OZ needs more immigrants to boost trade relations

Rupert Murdoch states OZ needs more immigrants to boost trade relations
The controversial head of News Corp, Robert Murdoch, believes Australia needs more immigrants in order to build trade relationships with Asia and make it more competitive. The media mogul, speaking last week in Sydney, said that the country should open its doors to more immigrants, especially from Asia. He explained that, although he is...

Foreign workers cause rising fears over jobs for Australians

Foreign workers cause rising fears over jobs for Australians
The increasing number of temporary skilled workers, students and working holidaymakers granted access to the country is giving rise to fears over a lack of jobs for Aussie nationals. Working holiday arrivals numbering in the hundreds of thousands have poured into the country, along with students allowed to take part-time jobs and skilled...

Canada immigration minister to prioritise reuniting families in 2014

Canada immigration minister to prioritise reuniting families in 2014
Aggressive action to deal with the massive backlog of immigration applications by parents and grandparents will, according to Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration minister, be prioritised in a 2014 push to reunite families. Minister Chris Alexander announced that the parent and grandparent backlog will have decreased by around 50 per...

Recently released report claims immigrants are a fiscal burden to Canada

Recently released report claims immigrants are a fiscal burden to Canada
A recently released report is expected to prove controversial for its claims that immigrants arriving during the last 23 years have claimed more in benefits that they have paid in taxes. The report, published by the Fraser Institute, has at its centre economics professor Herbert Grubel, an immigration expert well-known for his...

Wrongly deported family can return but must pay CA$6000 deportation costs

Wrongly deported family can return but must pay CA$6000 deportation costs
The painful tale of a family fleeing Libya for Canada as refugees has now taken an even worse turn. Adel Benhmuda, his wife and his four children made a bid for freedom from persecution in Libya, but were refused refugee status once they had arrived in Canada. In 2008, the entire family was deported back to Libya where, on their arrival,...

USA E Verify online authentication system still shut down

USA E Verify online authentication system still shut down
Due to the continuing budget approval crisis and government shutdown, the essential E-Verify online system is still not available, causing problems for employers wishing to verify new expat staff. The Federal online programme allows employers to check workers’ names, their social security numbers, proof of citizenship and other details...

Tough UK government bill aims at curbing immigration

Tough UK government bill aims at curbing immigration
Illegal and even legal immigration in the UK is a hot subject during the present day hard times for the majority of UK citizens, with the government’s latest immigration bill hoping to pour water on the flames of criticism. The latest crackdown on illegal immigrants features strongly in the bill, along with digs at overseas students’...

E-Verify shutdown causes delays for US work permit authorisations

E-Verify shutdown causes delays for US work permit authorisations
Prospective migrants to the USA are being advised to file their applications as soon as possible in case the government shutdown suspends visa applications. Immigrants who have filed for work permits are already being affected as the E-Verify authorisation process centrally funded by the government has now closed down. Those applying for...

Minister states Saudization is not the solution to unemployment in Saudi

Minister states Saudization is not the solution to unemployment in Saudi
A cautious welcome is being given to a statement made by Saudi’s education minister, in which he said the controversial Saudization programme is not a solution for the kingdom. In an interview given last Sunday, Education Minister Price Faisal bun Abdullah stated that the solution to the lack of job opportunities was the implementation...