News and Current Events:
NPR: We present several articles on immigration into the United States on National Public Radio, including Debbie Elliott discusses the issue with Roberto Suro of the Pew Hispanic Center (19 February 2006). Carrie Kahn reports that illegal immigrants now make up approximately five percent of the U.S. labor force according to a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center. Roberto Suro says that today the demand for work in the U.S.—"pull factors"—are now stronger than "push factors" such as poor conditions in the origin countries (7 March 2006). Finally, Andrew Kohut of the Pew Research Center speaks with NPR's Melissa Block regarding the varied opinions of Americans regarding undocumented aliens (30 March 2006).
BBC article reports that a new deal gives native Canadians greater say over how the rainforest of the Pacific Northwest is used (8 February 2006). In the past, conflicts over the use of the Pacific Coast region have led to impasses as environmentalists, logging interests, and indigenous peoples of the region have been unable to come to agreement. This new agreement negociated by several parties, including representatives of aboriginal peoples of the region, has resulted in about one-third of the region being preserved as a wildlife refuge and the rest being somewhat restricted in use.
NPR's Rachel Martin reports on movements in Holland to ban the burqa, making it a crime to wear the traditional dress of some Muslim women (31 January 2006). Traditionally Europe has experienced emigration to the Americas, Australia, and Africa. Since World War II, the shortage of labor that occurred in economic expansion during the last half of the 20th century has led to immigration to the industrial areas of Europe from other parts of the world. Today, many European nations grapple with issues of identity as these formerly relatively culturally homogenous nations now face increasingly diverse ethnic populations. In Rachel Martin's article, some Dutch argue that the burqa oppresses women while others argue that banning it is racist and conflicts with the Dutch tradition of tolerance.
See also: The World's host Lisa Mullins speaks with Larry Birns, Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (12 May 2005).
See also the Wikipedia entry on the Multi Fibre Arrangement and BBC News: 'EU warns China on textile exports'.
See follow-up article 'France Turns Against Europe' by Brent Gregston (31 May 2005).