Migrant deaths may shame EU over 'Fortress Europe' policy

| Apr 20, 2015

Migrant deaths may shame EU over 'Fortress Europe' policy

The outrage Europe’s leaders face over the deaths of hundreds of refugees trying to reach its shores may force a shift in a policy critics decry as letting people drown to deter others in desperate need. The moat that the Mediterranean forms between “Fortress ...

Apr 17, 2015

Connect the dots: U.S. city gets umlauts back on signs

Minnesota’s Great Umlaut Crisis is over: The city nicknamed “America’s Little Sweden” gets to keep them. At Gov. Mark Dayton’s order, road crews on Thursday restored the two small dots above the “o” in Lindstroem (LINDT’-stroom) on two highway signs on the edge of ...

Apr 17, 2015

Most refugees snubbing Australia's offer for Cambodia resettlement

Australia is struggling to convince refugees held in offshore detention to voluntarily resettle in Cambodia under a bi-lateral deal, a refugee advocate group said on Friday, despite the government insisting that the first transfers are imminent. Australia has been criticized at home and abroad ...

Apr 14, 2015

Japan eases resident status requirements for foreigners who manage firms

Japan has eased resident status requirements for foreigners who engage in the management of Japanese companies, based on revisions to the immigration control and refugee recognition law that took effect this month. Under the revised law, requirements for short-term resident status for foreigners who ...

Immigrant student achieves eight-school Ivy League clean sweep

Apr 8, 2015

Immigrant student achieves eight-school Ivy League clean sweep

Nigerian-born Elmont High School senior Harold Ekeh had a plan — he would apply to 13 colleges, including all eight Ivy League schools, figuring it would help his chances of getting into at least one great school. It worked. And then some. The teenager ...

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

Apr 5, 2015

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

The same trawlers that had enslaved countless migrant fishermen for years carried more than 300 of them to freedom Saturday, following a dramatic rescue from a remote Indonesian island that many men believed would likely be their final resting place. After 17 hours overnight ...

Customs clearance lines at Narita's Terminal 2 draw fire

Mar 13, 2015

Customs clearance lines at Narita's Terminal 2 draw fire

The Customs, Immigration and Quarantine section at Narita International Airport’s Terminal 2 has been overcrowded recently, causing long waits for arriving foreign visitors. The reason for the big wait is because the CIQ section at the terminal, which many foreigners must clear upon arrival ...