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Posted on Oct 20, 2010 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

Germany – Failed to Create Multiculturalism

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that Germany has failed to create a multicultural society where aliens are well-integrated. According to her, people from so many different nationalities cannot live side by side without adapting to the German society. Her Christian Democrats (CDU) party has been demanding from her to take stricter actions against those who don’t show willingness to integrate. In response, she agreed rules have been too lenient towards foreigners before, and that the main thing they should do once in the country, is learn German. This way, they could attend school and have greater chances to find jobs. Germany does need skilled foreign workers, she added. The Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) even suggested simplifying the entry requirements for some foreign workers in order to cope with the lack of about 400,000 skilled workers in the country. “For a few years, more people have been leaving our country than entering it,” she told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “Wherever it is possible, we must lower the entry hurdles for those who bring the country forward.” Horst Seehofer, chairman of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the CDU’s sister party, said there was no room in Germany for more people from “alien cultures,” and completely rejected the idea to lower the barriers for aliens wanting to immigrate in the country. The whole debate over foreigners in Germany started as a result a book by the former central banker Thilo Sarrazin who accused Muslim immigrants of lowering the intelligence of German society. Despite he was censured and dismissed from the Bundesbank, his views were widely supported by the majority of Germans, a poll has revealed. Merkel has tried to stay objective and back both sides, saying that immigrants must make efforts to integrate, but Germans should accept the cultural diversity foreigners bring into the country. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 4, 2010 in Migration News |

Get a J-1 Visa

Here’s a relatively easy way to visit the United States – by obtaining a J-1 visa. J-1 is a non-immigrant visa that was developed to encourage cultural exchange and to develop young people’s skills in the fields of education, arts, and sciences. Why you should consider going to the U.S. on J-1: You will live and work in one of the most developed countries in the world You could work in your field of study, and will develop valuable professional skills You will get to know the American culture and lifestyle better than if you go there just as a tourist You can save money prior to returning back home During your 30-day “grace period,” when you have finished working, you can travel all over the United States and see world-famous places like Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, etc. You will meet people from all over the world and create lots of friendships and connections The duration of the visa status depends on the J-1 category you are admitted under. After your J-1 status expires, however, you are allowed an additional 30-day ‘grace period’ to stay in the country – regardless of your J-1 category. Are you eligible to apply? You can apply if you are: 18 at the time of travel. There is no upper age limit. Currently enrolled at a college and participating in full-time Post-secondary studies that culminate into a degree. Students enrolled in a programme of 2 years or less must demonstrate that their current studies lead to a degree programme and show intent to pursue that degree. Final year students no longer need to be pursuing further education in the next academic year; but will need to show they are returning to Ireland after the summer. To get your J1 Visa Now, contact either Sayit Travel at 1850 518 472 or Go4Less at 01 435 0000, Ireland’s largest student travel specialists! To see available J-1 offers in the United States, you can visit blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Aug 3, 2010 in Migration News |

Work-Life Balance Worsening

Instead of improving, the work life of more than two million Australians is worsening, according to the latest Work and Life Index 2010. The Australian Council of Trade Unions says that the increased pressure at work is reflecting on people’s personal lives as their families are suffering for it. “It’s getting harder, not easier for working people and this is having a negative effect on children … and the whole community,” Ged Kearney, the ACTU president, said. The report, which analyses a survey from March of 2800 workers who answered questions related to work-life balance and their use of leave, shows that more full-time employees reported dissatisfaction with their work-life balance. Mr Kearney also said that the most dissatisfied from all are the working women as one in four is unhappy. The men between the ages 29 and 49, on the other hand, have the longest working hours and worst work-life balance. Source: blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jul 20, 2010 in Migration News |

No Visas for St Petersburg

St. Petersburg Mayor Valentina Matvienko decided to allow all tourists into the city without visas for 72 hours. If the project is successful, it could be repeated again and extended around Russia. Sergey Korneev, vice-president of the National Association of Tourism Industry, said the plan was “revolutionary” explaining that “it’s a brilliant decision to support the tourism.” St. Petersburg will attract about 30 million European tourists a day, spending 150 euro each, which will bring 13,5 million euro total earnings. Russia already did waive visas in 2008 when Moscow hosted the UEFA Champions League football final in 2008. Instead of visas, fans were able to use their match tickets. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jul 9, 2010 in Migration News |

Aussie’s Population Growth

Aussie’s population has been progressively growing since the mid-2000s to reach 22 million people in September 2009. In recent years the fast growth of population became a major topic of discussions about the effect of immigration over the population and its future size. The tendency is crucial to consider because infrastructure, services, economy and environment need to be adjusted in order to fit the larger population. “The recent growth rate of around 2% per year is faster than at any other time in the past several decades, and faster than nearly all other developed countries,” the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported. According to ABS, two components cause the population growth – the natural increase, which is the number of births minus the number of deaths, and the net overseas migration. The number of births has increased in recent years, but this is not the main driver of population growth – t is the overseas migration causing the growth. “In the three years to December 2009, NOM made up almost two-thirds (64%) of population growth,” per ABS. People find better opportunities in the more developed countries and they emigrate from the less developed ones. Also, the communications and travel have become more affordable and thus more appealing for prospective migrants. “Recent increases in immigration reflect Australia’s relatively strong economic growth as well as the engagement of Australia in the wider global economy, and especially the provision of education services to large numbers of overseas students” says the Bureau. “Between 2005 and 2010, the world’s population was projected to grow by an average 1.2% per year. Australia’s growth between 2005 and 2009 averaged 1.9% per year, faster than most other developed countries and many developing countries.” ANNUAL AVERAGE POPULATION GROWTH RATES OF SELECTED COUNTRIES(a) Reference year Annual average growth rate(b) % Australia 2005-2009(c) 1.9 Canada 2005-2010 1.0 China 2005-2010 0.6 France 2005-2010 0.5 Greece 2005-2010 0.2 Indonesia 2005-2010 1.2 Italy 2005-2010 0.5 Japan 2005-2010 -0.1 South Korea 2005-2010 0.4 Malaysia 2005-2010 1.7 New Zealand 2005-2010 0.9 Papua New Guinea 2005-2010 2.4 Singapore 2005-2010 2.5 Sweden 2005-2010 0.5 United Kingdom 2005-2010 0.5...

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Posted on Jul 9, 2010 in Migration News |

An Island Made Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

Dutch scientists are working on a unique project – to create an island from plastic bottles. The island will be the size of Hawaii and it will be completely made of recycled plastic waste that is currently floating around in the Pacific Ocean. The scientists will need 44 million kilograms of plastic waste to build the Recycled Island. The even more impressive part is that the island will be self-sufficient as solar and wave energy will proving food and work for its 500,000 residents. Here’s what a spokesman said of the project: “The proposal has three main aims – cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste, creating new land and constructing a sustainable habitat. Recycled Island seeks the possibilities to recycle the plastic waste on the spot and to recycle it into a floating entity.” The scientists plan to create the island close to Venice, Italy, and will be recycling the plastic on the spot into floating blocks which will be also the foundation of the island. According to a research, the Pacific Ocean is currently the most polluted with plastic waste in the world. The waste is extremely dangerous to the sea life because fish and birds see it as food and eat it. “Recycled Island should be seen as a unique opportunity to create a new floating habitat from scratch, yet at the same time the ocean is cleaned from a huge part of its plastic pollution,” according to the spokesman. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jun 29, 2010 in Migration News |

Extraordinary Way to Explore Western Australia

“Sit down, buckle up and enjoy the ride…” Whether you are a native or a foreigner, the new way to explore Western Australia is equally appealing to all as you are taken on a trip…in a taxi. The Extraordinary Taxi Ride service offers 11 different routes, and every one of them is completely unique. You can choose between “Vines, Forests and Beaches,” “Great Southern Explorer,” “Perth Lifestyle,” “Coast and Nature Spectacular,” “Ningaloo Reef Adventure,” and many more travel deals. A taxi literally picks you up and drives you around on the route you choose upfront. The trip lasts for days during which the cab driver makes sure you have fun and learn something new on the way. The man whose mission is to provide an enjoyable and unforgettable ride is Doug Slater. He has been a taxi driver for over 11 years now, and he loves people and their travel stories. Here are some facts about him: · Doug was able to assist a passenger in his taxi, who had a mild heart attack, helping to save his life. · Doug thinks the Bungle Bungles are WA’s most extraordinary place because of the impressive landscapes, and especially the caves. · When asked what he loves most about WA, Doug said it’s his home town of Bunbury, because of its vibrant atmosphere and abundance of tourists. · Doug once picked up a passenger who had won at the casino and shared his winnings with him. · If chosen to be the driver for the Extraordinary Taxi Ride, Doug would be most excited about being able to promote WA as an extraordinary place and show his commitment to WA’s taxi industry.” To learn more and/or sign up for a trip, visit Visa FirstMore...

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