Australian immigration updates regulations, New Zealand PM: no immigration cuts, Boris addresses Burma, and New Tenement Museum exhibition recreates 3 immigrant homes.
In its incessant battle against false or misleading information, the Australian Immigration authorities are introducing several new regulations. Among others, any false information provided over the last 10 years can be a basis for refusal for a future visa application. Applications will also be denied individuals with a standing debt for health care, and temporary visas will now be subject to “adequate arrangements for health insurance”. Visa applicants and holders must use a single identity when dealing with all authorities, and the number of visas subject to a clean bill of criminal health has been expanded. A proposal to increase the fees for parent visas is also being considered.
NZ PM Elect Jacinda Ardern this morning told Reuters that, contrary to her election platform, her government would not immediately cut immigration numbers. Proposed changes to the country’s immigration law aim to more than halve the flow of immigrants, which proponents say has spurred a 50% increase in housing prices over the past decade.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the UN Security Council yesterday that he applauds the attempts by Burmese Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi to deliver humanitarian aid to Rohingyan refugees. “The UK has repeatedly called on the Burmese security forces to … stop the violence,” he said. “The UNSC has today joined us in that call.”
A new exhibition at this landmark Manhattan museum, Under One Roof, recreates the homes of 3 immigrant families, beginning in 1955 and ending in 2014 – the Epsteins, Holocaust survivors who lived there between 1955 and 1961, the Saez-Velezes from Puerto Rico (1964-2013), and the Wongs from China (1968-2014). The immersive exhibition includes music and videos, and recreates a local garment shop, since all 3 families were associated with the garment industry.