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Oct 21 2014

Latest Resources from Migration Information Source

Feature

Pushing Out the Boundaries of Humanitarian Screening with In-Country and Offshore Processing
Recent surges in the arrival of unauthorized migrants with possible humanitarian claims have prompted the United States and the European Union to consider in-country and offshore processing for some refugee and asylum applications. As this article explores, some of the questions raised about the feasibility of such programs include their consistency with humanitarian law and their effectiveness in reducing unwanted entries.

Spotlight

Mexican Immigrants in the United States
In 2013, 11.6 million Mexican immigrants resided in the United States, accounting for 28 percent of the total foreign-born population, making Mexicans the largest immigrant group in the country. Using the latest data, this Spotlight examines the Mexican immigrant population by size, location, language ability, workforce participation, and more.

[Source: Migration Information Source October 16, 2014]

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Oct 21 2014

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Database Launched

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) Project of the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review has recently released its Inter-American Court of Human Rights Database (iachr.lls.edu/database)

 

Its basic and advanced search options allow users to search the Inter-American Court’s decisions by case name, date of judgment, country, Judge, and Separate Opinion, as well as specific violations of the American Convention on Human Rights, Inter-American Convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons, Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture, and the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence Against Women. Search results for each case include a brief description of the case; information on judges, violations found by the Inter-American Court; and, if a summary is available, a link to a case summary.

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Oct 21 2014

HKLII DAY, 29 October 2014

You are cordially invited to the annual HKLII DAY, organized by the Law Library, on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.

 

HKLII (Hong Kong Legal Information Institute, http://www.hklii.hk is the first comprehensive portal providing free access to public legal information in Hong Kong. It is a project of Law & Technology Centre, a centre jointly established by Department of Computer Science and Faculty of Law, and is based on data obtained from public authorities and other sources in Hong Kong. Databases in HKLII now comprise Judgments from most Hong Kong Courts and Tribunals; Practice Directions; Current Ordinances and Regulations; selected publications of Hong Kong Law Reform Commission; selected domain name arbitration decisions from the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre; Administrative Appeals Board case notes and complaint case notes from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data.

 

HKLII Day events include:

 

(A) Introduction to HKLII & CLIC

1-2 pm, Computer Room, Lui Che Woo Law Library, 1/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, presented by Dr Kevin Pun, Associate Professor, Dept of Computer Science & Dept of Law, HKU; Co-Director of HKLII. Demonstration will also be given on CLIC (Community Legal Information Centre http://www.hkclic.org/), a bilingual community legal information website and a quick internet guide for the general public to find legal information in Hong Kong. To register online, visit

http://lib.hku.hk/cgi-bin/course/list_gp_m.cgi?category=43#7899

 

(B) HKLII Poster Exhibition (29 Oct to 5 Nov 2014)

This exhibition will highlight the major features of HKLII, its contents and functionalities.

 

We look forward to your participation. For enquiries, email lawlib@hku.hk or call 3917-2914.

 

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Oct 13 2014

Scheduled System Maintenance on WiseEnterprise

A system maintenance will be scheduled on Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 from 18:00 to 23:15 (Hong Kong Time GMT+8). During this period, all services will be temporarily unavailable.

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Oct 10 2014

Psychology Headlines Around the World from Socialpsychology.org

1. Have You Been Screened for Depression Today?

2. Why Teen Girls Are at Heightened Risk of Depression

3. To Quit Smoking, Combine Behavioral Support and Medication

4. Men Work Together to Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence

5. Schools Key to Reaching the 1 in 10 Kids with Mental Health Problems

6. “Broad Consensus” That Violent Media Increase Child Aggression

7. Preschoolers with Low Empathy at Risk for Continued Problems

8. Family Violence a Form of “Intimate Terrorism,” Says Psychologist

Source: http://www.legacy.socialpsychology.org/

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Oct 08 2014

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

WHO: Global Health Observatory: Mental Health

While more than 800,000 people die from suicide globally each year, the median amount of the health budget allocated to mental health in 2011 was 2.8%. In Afghanistan, six out of every 100,000 men committed suicide. In the United States, that number was 19. These and other data can be gleaned from the age-standardized suicide rates interactive graph on the World Health Organization’s Global Health Observatory website dedicated to issues of Mental Health. Additionally, the page provides links to reports on Policy and financing of mental health, Human resources (in terms of the number of psychiatrists available per 100,000 people in a given country), and Mental health care delivery.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 38, October 3, 2014]

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Oct 06 2014

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

Directory of Open Access Journals

At the time of this writing, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes and provides access to 1,720,260 articles in 9,986 journals from 134 countries. Dozens of fields are represented here, covering ten broad areas, including Medicine, Health Sciences, Biology and Life Science, Social Sciences, and Technology and Engineering. Think about starting with Latest News, where DOAJ lists updates and interesting tidbits. The heart of the site, of course, is its Search function, where readers can search by Title, Keywords, Subject, and other categories, as well as by Journal Language, Country of Publication, and Publisher. Anyone looking for access to high-quality, peer-reviewed, freely available research will appreciate this innovative site.

Happiness Research Institute

For a more earnest look at happiness, check out the web site of the Happiness Research Institute, an independent think tank based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The fascinating articles here make large scale surveys and empirical projects sensical and relevant to anyone with an interest in well-being- for themselves, their communities, and their nation. From the homepage, click New Report to read about why Denmark is named among the happiest countries on earth, year after year. The Projects section highlights recent undertakings by the institute, including projects on Sustainable Happiness and reports on Happiness and work. While not all reports are available here, a number of them are ready for your consumption and can be read online or downloaded as a PDF. The Research section of the site may also be of interest as it covers “easily digestible” information on happiness from around the globe.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 37, September 26, 2014]

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Oct 06 2014

Latest Resources from Migration Information Source

Feature

Belonging: The Resettlement Experiences of Hmong Refugees in Texas and Germany
Drawing on a case study of two Hmong refugee populations from Laos that were resettled in a major Texas city and a German village, this article explores the different approaches to immigrant integration found in the United States and Germany as well as the outcomes for the Hmong and their sense of belonging in their new communities.

Policy Beat

Unaccompanied Minors Crisis Has Receded from Headlines But Major Issues Remain

As Central American child migrant flows have returned to their precrisis level, challenges remain concerning the fate of tens of thousands of newly arrived children and families now residing in the United States pending immigration court hearings. Meanwhile, Congress has declined to authorize new funding to address the situation.

[Source: Migration Information Source October 2, 2014]

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Oct 03 2014

Latest news from Migration Policy Institute

The new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report Selling Visas and Citizenship: Policy Questions from the Global Boom in Investor Immigration, examines the increasing mix of players and types of immigrant investor programs, their policy design, benefits and other considerations. During the past decade, the number of countries with immigrant investor programs has increased dramatically, and about half of all European Union member states now have dedicated routes. Demand has increased as well, with the U.S. EB-5 program, for example, nearing its annual cap of 10,000 visas this year for the first time, after two decades of relatively low uptake.

The report explores the two primary models: (1) investment in private-sector assets, such as the business investment programs used in the United States, Singapore and the Netherlands, or the purchase of private property, as seen in Greece, Latvia, Portugal and Spain, and (2) providing funds to the government via non-refundable fees, low-interest loans or bonds, as occurs in the Caribbean as well as Australia, Malta and the United Kingdom.

The report provides a global overview of immigrant investor initiatives, examines residency requirements and upfront costs.

Read the report at: www.migrationpolicy.org/research/selling-visas-and-citizenship-policy-questions-global-boom-investor-immigration

[Source: Migration Policy Institute]

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Sep 25 2014

MedDRA Web-Based Browser Scheduled Downtime

Due to required server maintenance, the MedDRA Web-Based Browser will not be available from Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 10pm to Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 6am; and Saturday, 4 Oct 2014 from 1pm to 11pm.

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