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Mar 26 2014

EBSCOhost maintenance and downtime

On Saturday 29 March 2014 from 9am to 11am, the library’s EBSCOhost databases may be
intermittently unavailable while EBSCO performs network upgrades.

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Mar 25 2014

Latest Resources from Migration Information Source

Country Profile
Morocco: Setting the Stage for Becoming a Migration Transition Country?
Since the 1960s, Morocco has evolved into one of the world’s leading emigration countries. Immigration restrictions in Europe did not stop migration, but rather pushed Moroccan migrants into permanent settlement, prompting large-scale family reunification. Morocco is also becoming a destination country for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and, to some extent, crisis-hit European countries. The growing presence of immigrants confronts Moroccan society with an entirely new set of social and legal issues typical for immigration countries, which do not yet resonate with Morocco’s self-image as an emigration country. These changing realities prompted the Moroccan government to announce a new migration policy in 2013, as this country profile explores.


Internal Labor Migration in India Raises Integration Challenges for Migrants
Internal migration spurred primarily by employment and marriage helps shape the economic, social, and political life of India’s sending and receiving regions. Labor migrants face myriad challenges, including restricted access to basic needs such as identity documentation and social entitlements. This article describes the barriers to integration that labor migrants face, and details the policy environment surrounding their integration challenges.


[Source: Migration Information Source March 21, 2014]  

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Mar 21 2014

Wisenews systems downtime 29 March 2014

Systems maintenance of the Wisenews database has been scheduled on Saturday, 29 Mar 2014 from 18:00 to 24:00 (Hong Kong Time GMT+8). During this period, all Wisenews database services will be temporarily unavailable.

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Mar 20 2014

Latest news from Migration Policy Institute

The issue brief, the latest in a joint series launched by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the International Organization for Migration’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, evaluates the current human-rights framework and its implementation.

The brief, Human Rights, Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration: A New Paradigm, reviews legal options available to the international community to protect environmental migrants and recommends approaches for strengthening the current “soft law” approach. It also touches upon the situation in Asia and the Pacific, looking specifically at the legal challenges posed by the submergence of small island states and effects on other climate-vulnerable countries, such as Bangladesh.

To read the earlier briefs in the series, which offer succinct insights on migration issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region today, click here.


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Mar 10 2014

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

Urban Institute: Fact Sheets

The Urban Institute produces dozens of timely policy papers and fact sheets that are read widely by policymakers, journalists, and those with a passion for major metropolitan areas. From this site, users will find access to well over 100 fact sheets. The topics covered include housing finance, economic insecurity, Social Security, and the labor force. Visitors can browse through a complete list of all the topics on the left-hand side of the page. The site also contains links to relevant full-length policy reports and a mix of other related links from various policy centers within the Institute. Additionally, users can take advantage of the Press Room which contains even more information on each fact sheet and topical area.


Multimedia Gallery: U.S. Census Bureau


A core feature of the Census Bureau is the wide range of statistical reports and fact sheets that they provide for general consumption. Yet, journalists and others with a penchant for demography will appreciate this online multimedia gallery site that offers up radio features, videos, and photos for general use. Within Videos, visitors can look over clips on data visualizations, Stats in Action, and a nice overview of World Statistics Day. Moving on, the Photos area contains sections such as Census History, Facts for Features, and Lifestyle that document the Bureau’s activities. Access to a range of radio features can be found within the Audio section. These features provide great information on the bureau’s latest statistical profiles and ongoing research.


[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 9, March 7, 2014]

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Feb 25 2014

Latest Resources from Migration Information Source

Policy Beat
Republican Congressional Leaders Shelve Immigration Reform for 2014
The small window for enactment of a major U.S. immigration overhaul during 2014 seems to have closed. A trial balloon testing House Republicans’ willingness to proceed this year was quickly floated and dropped. Amid a focus on politics and timing, less noted was the reality that for the first time, House Republican leaders have affirmed support for a policy that would move the party closer to compromise over the most vexing question holding up immigration reform: what to do with the nation’s unauthorized immigrants.


Refugees and Asylees in the United States
In 2012, the United States granted humanitarian protection to more than 87,000 people, with grants of asylum up 19 percent and refugee admissions up 3 percent from a year earlier. This article provides a detailed look at the most recent refugee and asylum data in the United States, including country of origin, top states of settlement, and more.


[Source: Migration Information Source February 21, 2014] 

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Feb 20 2014

EBL Scheduled Downtime March 2014

EBL platform will be unavailable during March 2, 2014 from 8 am to 12 at noon as the vendor performs enhancements and updates to their system.

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Feb 12 2014

Latest report from Migration Policy Institute

Policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic face significant constraints in addressing the population of unauthorized migrants in their countries. Limited resources to tackle illegal migration, legal frameworks that protect individuals regardless of their residence status, and the risk that comprehensive enforcement efforts may have adverse consequences in related policy domains such as public health and safety are at the heart of the challenges governments face.

These considerations are explored in the latest report in a series by the Migration Policy Institute’s Transatlantic Council on Migration that focuses on practical policy solutions to curb the influence of “bad actors” who facilitate and profit from illegal migration: smugglers, traffickers, and unscrupulous employers among them.

In Trade-Offs in Immigration Enforcement, MPI Europe Director Elizabeth Collett and MPI Senior Policy Analyst Will Somerville argue that a successful migration enforcement regime is best defined as one that does limited or no harm to a country’s institutions of governance and to citizens’ livelihoods, while fortifying public trust that the government is running an efficient and effective system. The report notes that policymakers must recognize the context in which they operate, not least the strong demand for cheap labor in a globalized world, and the toxic political discussion surrounding immigration, particularly illegal.

This report is the fourth in the series from the Transatlantic Council on Migration. Read the series here.

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Feb 04 2014

ProQuest downtime for system enhancements

ProQuest will not be available Sunday, February 16 at 10:00 for eight (8) hours (China Standard Time ) for system enhancements.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

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Jan 18 2014

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

Antislavery Collection

The digital collections at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are top-flight and this collection continues that grand tradition. The Antislavery Collection contains several hundred pamphlets and books pertaining to slavery and antislavery in New England from 1725-1911. These items include speeches, sermons, proceedings, and other publications from organizations such as the American Anti-Slavery Society, the American Colonization Society, and a small number of pro-slavery tracts. Visitors can browse the selected titles alphabetically or perform a more detailed search across all of the items. Several documents should not be missed, including speeches by Horace Mann and Ezra Gannett’s “Relation of the North to Slavery” delivered in Boston in 1854.

Digital Curation Centre

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) states as its motto: “because good research needs good data.” Based in the United Kingdom, the DCC provides expert advice and helps those in the UK higher education and research communities store, manage, protect, and share digital research data. As such, the site is a great resource for information specialists, particularly librarians and academics. Visitors should make sure to check out the Digital Curation area which provides a bit of background on the field, along with information for newcomers to the field. The homepage also contains a neat feature entitled Editor’s Choice, which brings together reports on digital preservation, information on new books, and much more. Also, visitors can sign up for the DCC’s newsletter and take a look at its tag cloud. The Resources area should also not be missed as it features how-to guides, data management plans, case studies, and white papers.

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) works with a range of public sector and industry partners to “conduct innovative research on the dynamic environments and ecosystems of the Great Lakes” in order to produce information for resource use and management decisions. From its homepage, visitors can explore the CoastWatch program which includes large data sets about the Great Lakes, sophisticated images, and contour maps. Moving on, the Publications area contains annual reports, fact sheets, poster presentations, and more. The site is rounded out by a host of photo galleries and web cams placed in various locations, including Muskegon, Alpena, and Michigan City.

Moment of Indiana History

If you’ve ever wondered about Indiana history, wonder no more. This rather engaging website created by the diligent staff at Indiana Public Media brings together compelling moments from the Hoosier State’s rich past. On the site, visitors can wander through the About area and then dig through some of the more recent moments. These short and eminently listenable audio features include “A Sunday School Spectacular” and “Pulpit or Politics: An Indiana Minister in Congress.” The diversity of topics covered here is impressive, as visitors can listen to heartland tales of public health initiatives, architecture, and of course, small town basketball.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 2, January 17, 2014]

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