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Net migration to UK jumps 30% in a year to 212,000
This is the third consecutive quarter that the net migration – the number coming to live in Britain for more than 12 months minus those leaving to live abroad for longer than 12 months – has risen. The Office for National Statistics said the unexpected rise of 58,000 in the 12 months to last September has mainly been fuelled by migrants from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Poland. Overall figures for non-EU migration show that immigration from outside Europe fell from 269,000 to 244,000.  
EU Migration “readmission agreement” with Turkey
Many illegal migrants enter the EU through Turkey. Undocumented migrants from the EU to Turkey or Turkey to the EU would have to be returned under an EU-Turkey “readmission” agreement signed by both parties in December and endorsed by Parliament in February 2014. The return rule would apply not only to EU nationals and Turks, but also to third-country nationals who enter either the EU or Turkey via the other. The EU and Turkey started to negotiate a readmission agreement in 2002, but it only resulted in a deal now that Turkey's demand for visa liberalisation has been taken into account. 

Remittances to Latin America fell 1% in 2013
Remittances to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean totaled $60 billion in 2013, a 1 percent decline compared with their level in 2012, according to an annual report released Thursday in Washington. Manuel Orozco, the main author of the report prepared by the Inter-American Dialogue, said that "a combination of factors among which are immigration controls and growing deportations" in the United States and the "slow" economic recovery were among the causes. 
Vietnam: Overseas Remittances free from Income Tax
The State Bank of Viet Nam has confirmed that overseas remittances will not pay income taxes. The Government’s goal is to facilitate overseas Vietnamese sending money home.

“Crisis Migrants” from Sundarbans
The complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands that make up the Sundarbans mangrove forest of South Asia is in constant flux. And so are its people. The Sundarbans stretch across the border between India and Bangladesh, but many of the largely poor families who live there treat it as one ecosystem. When their homes come under threat from erosion and rising seas, or are flooded by storm surges, they often move to another island and sometimes, in doing so, to another country. These are “climate refugees” from Indian Sundarbans dwellers and Bangladeshis who are recognized neither by their own governments as their own citizens nor as “climate refugees.


Ervin Dervisevic

Consultant working with East Asia and Pacific Gender Innovation Lab at the World Bank

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