Canada to clamp down on temporary foreign worker programme
By Reuters | 29 Apr, 2013, 11.23PM IST
OTTAWA: The Canadian government was set to announce tighter rules on Monday to prevent employers from using its temporary foreign worker programme to squeeze Canadians out of jobs, acting after two high-profile cases tarnished the program's reputation.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Human Resources Minister Diane Finley have scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon to announce reforms to the program, which the Conservative government was expected to present to Parliament in its budget implementation bill on Monday afternoon.
"While Canada is experiencing significant skills shortages in many sectors and regions, this government believes that Canadians must always have first crack at job opportunities when they become available," said Stephen Lecce, spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
"The government is moving quickly and taking action to reform the temporary foreign worker program to ensure that Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs."
Despite 7 percent unemployment nationally, in some areas and in some professions there are labor shortages, and Canadian employers are allowed to bring in foreign workers if the employers can demonstrate that they cannot find Canadians to do the work.
The program was designed mainly to bring in cheap agricultural workers but it has expanded rapidly to fill shortages elsewhere, both high-skilled positions in the booming resource sector and low-skilled jobs such as servers at the country's ubiquitous Tim Hortons coffee shops.
The program exploded into the news this month with word that Canada's largest bank, Royal Bank of Canada, was using temporary foreign workers hired by U.S. outsourcing firm iGate , effectively to replace existing staff.
In an open letter, RBC Chief Executive Gord Nixon subsequently apologized for not being more sensitive to Canadian employees. But he also said the bank had complied with regulations, and iGate said its hiring practices were fully compliant with Canadian law.
The program also came under the spotlight with word last year that a majority Chinese-owned company had listed Mandarin as a language requirement for 201 jobs at the Murray River coal mine in the interior of British Columbia.
The company involved is HD Mining International Ltd, in which China's Huiyong Holdings Ltd holds a 55 percent stake, Canada's Dehua Lvliang International Mines Group Inc 40 percent and an unnamed party 5 percent.
HD Mining said last year it had tried to hire locally but had been unable to find people with the skills to operate the specialized mining equipment, currently used in China, that will be used at the Canadian mine.
The United Steelworkers union has challenged the idea that HD Mining could not find Canadian workers, and said it was too dangerous for miners who do not understand English well to operate in a mine that requires compliance with extensive English-language safety regulations.
A Canadian official said one change to the program would require employers to advance a plan for transition to Canadian employees before permission would be granted to bring in foreign workers.
NZ Painted as Pensioners’ Paradise for Elderly Chinese
Thursday, 28 March 2013, 3:13 pm
Press Release: New Zealand First Party
New Zealand is being painted as a pensioners’ paradise by the largest Chinese website in the country which questions whether the Government is being “stupid” for dishing out “a fat pension for foreigners”.
An article on skykiwi.com says elderly parents of Chinese immigrants with New Zealand residency should “come to NZ despite making no contribution, to enjoy a ‘heavenly’ retirement”.
It goes on to say that “the NZ pension system provides foreigners with the same entitlements as its own citizens”.
These entitlements include access to full New Zealand Superannuation for parent migrants who have lived here for just 10 years – regardless of whether they’ve worked during that time or not.
Parent category migrants also receive the benefits of New Zealand’s taxpayer-funded free health care system which is already under considerable stress.
New Zealand First MP Denis O’Rourke says it is clear that the Government is viewed as a soft touch in China, and probably in other countries around the world, over its migrant pension policy.
“The question asked in the article was whether the Government is being ‘stupid’ in allowing foreigners full access to our pension scheme.
“Allowing thousands of elderly foreigners into the country to take advantage of our pension and health schemes is more than just stupid – it is financially reckless.
Tonga announces the expulsion of hundreds of Chinese immigrants
By John Braddock
18 December 2001
The tiny Pacific kingdom of Tonga began moves last month to expel hundreds of its Chinese residents who
are victims of a recent wave of ethnic violence. More than 600 Chinese storekeepers and their families are
being given a year to leave once their work permits expire.
Police in the capital, Nuku’alofa, say there have been about 100 cases of assault, armed robbery, burglary
and arson of Chinese-owned shops involving Tongans. The Chinese Embassy in Tonga has expressed
concern about the level of violence against its nationals.
Chinese residents make up about 3,000 to 4,000 of Tonga’s population of 100,000. Fewer than 1,000 are
shopkeepers. Nevertheless, the chief immigration officer, Susana Fotu, claims that the expulsions are in
response to “widespread anger at the growing presence of the storekeepers” and the fear that the Chinese
will come to dominate the economy.
Chinese lead list of asylum seekers with forged passports
Wellington - Chinese travelling on fake Hong Kong or South Korean passports accounted for nearly half
the 173 foreign asylum seekers who reached New Zealand with false travel documents in the last two years,
a newspaper reported Monday.
By Penny Spiller
When Solomon islanders took to the streets in protest at their new Prime Minister Snyder Rini, they targeted the Chinatown area of the capital Honiara.
The normally bustling main shopping street was pretty much razed to the ground.
The Chinese community in the South Pacific archipelago may be small - just a few thousand out of a population of about 500,000 - but it is significant.
Some have lived in the Solomons for generations, their families and businesses now an integral part of island life.
But in recent years, the country has seen an influx of new arrivals from mainland China - bringing with them money and a desire to do business.
Beachfront sites have been bought up and transformed into hotels; prime property used for restaurants and shops.
While this has undoubtedly brought opportunities for islanders, it has led to complaints of low wages and poor working conditions, as well as allegations of unethical business practices.
"People were watching the Chinese arrive here, and within two weeks they would have buildings on prime sites," said John Lemani, of the Solomon Star newspaper.
"People started asking: 'What's going on here?' "
Mr Lemani said property was bought without proper planning procedures being followed, and visas and local passports were handed out without applications going through the official channels.
Protesters who accuse Chinese businessmen of interfering in the islands' politics also point the finger at Taiwan - a charge the Taiwanese government had rejected.
The Solomon archipelago is one of Taipei's 25 diplomatic allies, all of which are important in its fight for independence from China.
Both China and Taiwan are fighting for diplomatic recognition among the South Pacific's 12 island states, say regional observers, who add China is winning as it has secured official ties with seven of the them.
Susan Windybank, Pacific expert at Australian conservative think tank The Centre for Independent Studies, says their rivalry has led to "chequebook diplomacy" which is fuelling corruption in the region.
"They've more or less resorted to bribery via aid to get the allegiance of countries," she said earlier this month.
"That's just exacerbated the problems of corruption in the Pacific and has done very little to help the underlying development problems that urgently need addressing."
The rioting started on Tuesday over the appointment of new Prime Minister Snyder Rini, who was deputy prime minister in the last government
Nearly 90 Chinese refugees fled the troubled Solomon Islands on a Beijing chartered aircraft Saturday _
the second group to quit the Pacific archipelago after a series of riots razed their homes and businesses.
Arsonists, looters and rioters inflicted tens of millions of dollars in damage on the capital Honiara's Chinatown district this week,
sparked by rumors that either China or Taiwan had paid lawmakers to elect an unpopular new prime minister, Snyder Rini.
22 smuggled Chinese arrested at the Seattle seaport
SEATTLE - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are continuing to piece together the details this morning of a human smuggling scheme that resulted in the arrest of 22 Chinese nationals at the Seattle seaport overnight.
Several of the Chinese were initially spotted by private port security personnel wandering in a cargo area at around 1:00 a.m. today. The port personnel contacted the Department of Homeland Security and ICE agents and officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) responded.
This morning, ICE agents are interviewing the aliens, including 18 men and 4 women, in an effort to learn more about the circumstances behind their arrival. Historically, ICE agents say smuggling fees for migrants from China range from $30,000 to $60,000 a person. Despite reportedly spending at least 15 days inside the sealed container, all of the smuggled migrants appear to be in good health.
So far, agents have determined the aliens were smuggled into the United States inside a 40-foot long shipping container on board the MV Rotterdam, a Liberian-registered vessel that arrived here yesterday morning. The vessel, which is operated by China Shipping, embarked from Shanghai March 23. Prior to arriving in Seattle, it also took on cargo in Ningbo, China and Busan, South Korea.
“Human smuggling is a dangerous, multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise that puts those involved at significant risk, especially in this type of situation. These containers are designed to carry cargo, not people,” said Leigh Winchell, special agent in charge for ICE investigations in Seattle. “ICE is committed to working with our partners in the Department of Homeland Security not only to disrupt this kind of activity, but to identify and dismantle the criminal organizations behind it.”
“Once again, CBP was on the scene as the first line of defense in cargo security and against dangerous illegal activity posing a threat to our nation’s security,” said Tom Hardy, CBP director of field operations for Seattle. “CBP screens 100 percent of all maritime containers that pose a risk for terrorism at foreign ports before they are shipped to the United States.”
Hundreds of people being smuggled from China have been caught at West Coast ports since
post-9/11 crackdown has reduced the number of documented incidents, authorities said.
The cases include:
April 2, 2005 -- Twenty-nine stowaways -- all men -- are arrested at the Port of Los
Angeles. They were smuggled inside two 40-foot-long containers aboard the NYK Artemis.
April, 10, 2001 -- Thirty-six are found in "horrific" conditions on the container ship
Pretty River in Vancouver, B.C. They had intended to escape in Long Beach, Calif.
Jan. 10, 2001 -- Twenty are arrested in Los Angeles after being smuggled aboard the M/V
Chinese illegal immigration traced from Malta to Pescara
Last week, Italian police uncovered the whole operation that directed Chinese illegal immigrants from Malta to
the Italian mainland.
It found, Italian media reported, that the criminal organisation was fashioned like a pyramid, with a justice of
the peace from Ortona, near Chieti, and other public officials, at the very top.
Operation Pyramid included 10 teams from the crime prevention units and 10 mobile squads from Rome, Aquila,
Teramo, Chieti and Ancona. Eighteen Chinese and 11 Italians were arrested.
China Won't Take Back 39,000 Deportees
China is refusing to take back an estimated 39,000 citizens who have been denied immigration to the United States
and have clogged detention centers at federal expense, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Tuesday.
US says China refuses deportees
The US has accused China of refusing to take back almost 40,000 Chinese immigrants
who have been denied permission to stay in the country.
The United States Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff described the situation as "intolerable".
He said although China had taken back 800 citizens last year, that only made a small dent in the numbers.
Mr Chertoff said there was a backlog of thousands of illegal Chinese immigrants in the United States.
Story from BBC NEWS:
Created: 08.12.2005 15:19 MSK
At least 200 illegal migrants from China, most of them working on clothes stalls at Moscow markets, have been detained by employees of the Russian Federal Migration Service, RIA Novosti reported.
The Chinese citizens were arrested at a dormitory belonging to a Moscow fur factory. The first attempt to detain them was made by local police and migration officials a week ago, but all the Chinese had disappeared by the time they arrived.
A Chinese man has been sentenced to one year in jail for his role in a people-smuggling operation to Canada.
A court in St. John's handed down the sentence on Wednesday for Lin Zhou Zhang, 39, who pleaded guilty a week earlier.
He and five young Chinese citizens from Fujian province arrived in St. John's in early October.
They came aboard a Star Princess cruise ship from Denmark and tried to leave it using fake Korean passports.
Asian immigrants at centre of marriage, passport scam in the US
Federal authorities say a sophisticated marriage scam in southern California charged foreigners seeking citizenship $60,000 for a mate,
and even provided fake wedding photographs, fake tax returns and love letters.
Eleven people were arrested in connection with the scam Tuesday, authorities said. Investigators believe the fraud scheme targeted Chinese and Vietnamese nationals.
"Marriage fraud is not a new phenomenon but clearly this scheme was one of the most ambitious and creative we've ever encountered," said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Authorities began investigating the alleged ring three years ago
after authorities noticed U.S. citizens who were seeking green cards for more than one spouse.
The investigation, dubbed Operation Newlywed Game, resulted in 44 indictments on charges of conspiracy, misuse of visas and marriage fraud. Not all have been arrested.
Recruiters for the ring allegedly received $1,000 for each U.S. client they found who was willing to participate.
The Americans allegedly received $3,000 to $5,000, plus travel expenses, to fly to Vietnam or China for arranged marriages and to apply for visas for their spouses, authorities said.
East Coast becoming preferred illegal route into Canada
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 CBC News
There are increasing questions about just how tight Canada's border is after a series of incidents involving Chinese nationals who entered the country illegally after leaving European cruise ships.
It is the latest in a pattern of security incidents at Eastern Canadian ports. "This is a new trend here in the Atlantic region. It's never been experienced before," said RCMP Sgt. Phil Young.
Chinese Hotel Workers in S.F. Claim They Were Not Allowed
To Speak Cantonese on the Job
SAN FRANCISCO -- A manager at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel told Chinese employees that
they cannot speak Cantonese at work, according to union representatives of the workers. San Francisco’s
Local 2 representatives said that this action is illegal and clearly discriminates Chinese employees.
The union is bringing the case to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the San Francisco
Immigrant Rights Commission, and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.
The Chinese exchange student was arrested in Japan
for using bots for virtual muggings in an online game, and selling the stolen property on eBay
A Chinese exchange student was arrested in Japan last week for using bots to run virtual stick-ups in the Lineage II:
The Chaotic Chronicle online game, stealing items from players then reselling them on eBay.
The items, which could have included Lineage II staples such as the "Earring of Wisdom" or the "Shield of Nightmare," were then fenced on e-auction sites,
claimed NCsoft, the Korean maker of Lineage II. Players of the game noted on message boards that the items had appeared on eBay.
Chinese univ student held in theft of data on 520,000 individuals
Thursday, July 7, 2005 at 08:06 JST
TOKYO ? A 27-year-old Chinese university student has been arrested for allegedly
stealing data on 520,000 individuals from a computer server of a Tokyo travel agency
in March, the Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday.
Yu Hua is suspected of accessing the server, managed by Club Tourism, without
authorization, the police said. He reportedly made about 190,000 accesses from
his home computer between March 15 and 17. Yu is suspected of obtaining names,
addresses, telephone numbers, login IDs and passwords of customers who booked
tours on the company's website. (Kyodo News)
50,000 Chinese live illegally in France
June 21, 2005 9:11:31 PM IST
Thousands of illegal Chinese immigrants are flowing into France annually and winding up as indentured servants for years, a study finds.
The International Labor Organization report estimates a total of 50,000 Chinese live illegally in France, with about an additional 6,000 arriving each year. About 4,000 others are arrested at the airport.
Most of those who make it into the country toil as indentured servants for between six to 10 years to pay back some $18,000 in travel costs, the ILO said.
Among the recommendations to crack down on illegal trafficking of Chinese, the ILO called for targeted sanctions and an information campaign in China about the hazards of emigrating illegally to France.(UPI)
NEW YORK, June 13 -- A woman illegally shipped thousands of Chinese people into the United States, running a multimillion-dollar smuggling empire, prosecutors said in closing arguments at her trial Monday.
Cheng Chui Ping, 56, also known as "Sister Ping," laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars to traffic illegal immigrants over almost two decades, Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Brown told a federal jury in Manhattan.
Police have arrested 70 people after raids in three countries targeting a gang accused
of smuggling Chinese illegal immigrants into Italy.
Police said more arrests were expected after the morning raids in Italy, Greece and
The operation was requested by prosecutors in the central Italian city of Ancona.
A police spokesman said many illegal immigrants were forced into "slavery" in illegal
Chinese workshops in Italy.
Chinese man sentenced to death for killing Fukuoka family
May 19, 2005
Japan Today - News - Chinese man sentenced to death for killing Fukuoka family - Japan's Leading International News Network ... Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 19:07 JSTFUKUOKA The Fukuoka District Court on Thursday sentenced a Chinese man to death for his part in the murder in 2003 of a family of four in Fukuoka ... In January, a Chinese court found two other Chinese men guilty and sentenced one to death and the other to life in prison.
January 24, 2005
LIAOYANG, China ― A Chinese court on Monday handed down the death sentence to a Chinese man and sentenced another to life imprisonment after finding them guilty of the 2003 murder of a family of four in Japan's Fukuoka Prefecture that stirred debate in Japan about crime by Chinese.
The Intermediate People's Court in Liaoyang, a city in China's northeast Liaoning Province, sentenced Yang Ning, 24, to death and Wang Liang, 22, to life imprisonment during a morning session that lasted just 20 minutes.
In Fukuoka, relatives of the victims expressed anger over only one defendant being given the death penalty.
"I cannot accept it. I assumed both would be given the death sentence," said Ryoshichi Umezu, the 78-year-old father of Chika Matsumoto, 40, who was murdered along with her 41-year-old husband Shinjiro Matsumoto, a clothing dealer, and their son Kai, 11, and daughter Hina, 8.
The two men, formerly students in Japan, were found guilty of killing the Matsumotos, whose bodies were found in Hakata Bay, handcuffed and weighted with dumbbells.
Shinjiro's 66-year-old father, who had submitted a written opinion to the Chinese court asking for the two men to receive capital punishment, said: "I'm at a loss for words about the ruling. It's regrettable that our opinion was not accepted."
Midori Nishiyama, who worked as a housemaid for the Matsumotos, said, "I'm just left with such a halfway feeling, although no ruling can bring back the four. I cannot forgive the criminals."
The court also found the two guilty of robbery and theft, and decided to strip them of their political rights and to confiscate their personal assets.
I went to Saturday's illegal alien rally in Los Angeles, called “The March for Immigrants' Rights.” About 1,000 people, led by a noisy red-shirt wearing communist party-type contingent waving red banners touting May Day, turned up. After them marched in a large laundry workers' union contingent in white and blue shirts, and some other sweatshop-representing unions after them. There were lots of toddlers with their parents. There were Chinese, Korean and Filipino groups. But overwhelmingly, they were Latino. There were big Nicaraguan and Venezuelan flags waving in the bright Angeleno heat. There was a Salvadoran FMLN Marxist guerrilla contingent wearing red tee shirts with stars. The biggest group of all was the Mexicans.
One group not seen was the white grungy leftwing rent-a-mob that usually turns up at political rallies. I saw two people of this kind, and one small group that held up an antiwar poster. It was all lost in the red-white-and-green sea of Mexican-flag regalia. And unlike the white rallies, the Latinos had a very good Tejano band at the end of the event, one that pulled people off the grass from the back and got them dancing up front.
It is safe to say this rally had a pretty strong leftwing coloration. The speakers railed about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger without a hint of intelligence. The communists stuck to the back and with their own megaphone speakers bellowing something about May Day, a juxtaposition with what was going on in the front that amounted to two different rallies. But I moved to the front where the event planners, called the "Multi-Ethnic Workers' Organizing Network" had a big truck with banners on it in English, Spanish and Tagalog. And, since there was a nice lawn to sit down on at the Olvera Street Park, I listened to the speakers.
This may surprise you, but I found much of what they were saying not all that offensive.
Unlike years past, the illegal aliens this time simply demanded legalization. It was written all over their banners, usually as “Legalization Now.” Home health care workers and laundry workers were hauled up to speak in three languages, all telling of their life experiences running from the Immigration Service raids, or working nonstop as domestics in various homes without a day off. There was a Mexican woman who probably exaggerated as she talked of 'never' being allowed to eat, as her obesity told a slightly different story.
But even with the exaggerations, there is little doubt the lives they lead in Los Angeles, far away from home, are hard, and being illegal aliens working without a right to be here has brought them suffering. One weepy Filipina woman spoke of how difficult it was for her to be working in Los Angeles raising a couple of kids while her husband remains stuck in the Philippines, unable to get a visa, and pleaded for an easing of family reunification rules. Others demanded Social Security benefits already paid in.
Was there anything wrong with that? Or with pleading for legalization? I found it a lot more palatable than their previous demands, which were for "free" government services - like water stations, an altering of state educational residency requirements for in-state tuition, and other insistences that we bend our laws to accommodate their law-breaking, making the state of illegal alien-hood a lifestyle decision. They were now saying they didn't want to be illegal aliens at all.
Tue May 3, 2005
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress moved closer toward embracing more post-Sept. 11 security measures on Tuesday as key lawmakers approved controversial requirements making it
tougher for foreigners to seek asylum and outlawing driver's licenses for illegal aliens.
Passage by the House of Representatives and the Senate is expected by next week.
The stricter immigration measures are in response to last year's recommendations by a commission that studied the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States in 2001 and suggested ways to tighten domestic security.
The "Real ID" program aims to take driver's licenses out of the hands of anyone who cannot prove they are in the United States legally. By so doing,
supporters argue that illegal aliens would not be able to board airplanes or gain access to government buildings by using a state driver's license as identification.