||The Recession’s Impact on Immigrants (pictured above) – The recession that began in the United States two years ago and spread to most other parts of the worlds has had a deeper and more global effect on migration than any other economic downturn in the post-World War II era. Among the immigrants most affected are those in North America, Asia, and Europe.
||Enforcement Tactics Shift in the Obama Era — But What About Immigration Reform? – In the absence of congressional action on any broad immigration reform, the election of President Barack Obama was expected to lead to changes in US immigration policy at the executive level.
||Buyer’s Remorse on Immigration Continues – The global recession has caused countries that once welcomed foreign workers by the tens and hundreds of thousands — particularly Spain — to rethink generous immigration policies as unemployment rates have risen.
||What the Recession Wasn’t – Some speculated that increasing unemployment could prompt thousands of immigrants to head home and citizens of hard-hit countries to assault immigrants for taking “their” jobs and causing other problems. However, no country in 2009 has seen a mass exodus of immigrants due to the recession, and immigrants have not been systematically attacked.
||Recession Prompts Some Governments to Cut Immigrant Integration Funding – Commitments to immigrant integration have proved hard to keep in Spain, Ireland, and some US states as governments reexamined their recession-battered budgets in 2009.
||Canada Bucks the Trend and Keeps Immigration Targets Steady – Despite the highest unemployment rate in nearly a decade, Canada chose to leave untouched its long-standing points system and the number of immigrants admitted for permanent residence.
||The World Is Talking about Climate Change and Migration – Discussions about climate change and migration ramped up in 2009, in large part due to a number of conferences and reports surrounding the highly anticipated United Nations (UN) Climate Change conference in Copenhagen.
||More Countries Entering into Post 9/11-Era Information-Sharing Agreements – Over the past year, long-standing discussions and negotiations have resulted in several new information-sharing initiatives that seek to boost security while facilitating travel for legitimate travelers.
||Some Relief for Immigrants in the Developing World – South Africa, Brazil, and Costa Rica — all destinations for migrants from the region — sought to make the lives of immigrants a little better in 2009.
||Asylum Seekers Unnerve Governments – As violence flared from Afghanistan to Iraq to Mexico this year, hundreds of thousands fled over land and by boat in search of safety. Asylum seekers’ main destinations — Europe, Australia, and Canada — were not new, but the governments in these countries took a harder line in 2009.