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Supporting Immigrant Integration in Europe: What Role for Origin Countries’ Subnational Authorities?

February 25, 2015 Comments off

Supporting Immigrant Integration in Europe: What Role for Origin Countries’ Subnational Authorities?
Source: Migration Policy Institute

The substantial role that subnational authorities in EU Member States play in the governance of migrant integration is widely recognized. Regional and local authorities in Member States have control over the implementation and delivery of a wide array of integration-related services. However, while much is known about integration at the subnational level in receiving countries, little is known about the role of corresponding authorities in migrant-sending countries.

A number of major migrant-sending countries (including Morocco, Turkey, and Mexico) have started to promote the successful integration of their immigrants abroad, with the expectation that successfully integrated immigrants have more to offer their countries of origin. Until now, the substantial diaspora engagement measures seen most often at the national level have overshadowed activities at the regional and local level. But as a significant number of these countries undergo decentralization reforms and make efforts to strengthen local governance, the role of subnational authorities in supporting migrants begins to take on a new meaning.

This MPI Europe report represents the first attempt to investigate how the activities of origin countries’ regional and local institutions may improve the lives of emigrants to Member States of the European Union. It discusses relevant obstacles as well as opportunities for sending-country cities, regional political entities, and federated states in the design and implementation of policy measures to improve the trajectories of migrants. The report also underscores the importance of international cooperation at the subnational level—specifically city-to-city partnerships—focusing on well-established migration corridors in Europe with the assumption that historical links or geographic proximity can make cooperation easier.

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DHS OIG — Investigation: ICE Detention Facility – Karnes City, TX

February 6, 2015 Comments off

Investigation: ICE Detention Facility – Karnes City, TX (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an investigation into allegations of inappropriate relationships between Detention Officers and female detainees at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Facility in Karnes City, Texas.1 Investigative field work was conducted at the facility from September 19, 2014 through November 24, 2014.

We initiated an investigation after counsel for one detainee reported misconduct on the part of Detention Officers at the facility. Specifically, a female detainee reported hearing rumors that several Detention Officers and several female detainees were possibly engaged in inappropriate sexual relationships, which reportedly occurred in a laundry room and restroom during late night or early morning hours. The complainant, who had no firsthand information, reported that:

  • A female detainee was being escorted by a male Detention Officer into the laundry room, after hours, under the pretext of washing clothes to engage in sex.
  • A female detainee may have been impregnated by a Detention Officer.
  • Female detainees were receiving preferential treatment in exchange for sex.
  • Detention Officers were depositing money into female detainees’ commissary accounts in return for sex or preferential treatment.
  • One particular Detention Officer rented an apartment in San Antonio, Texas, for a female detainee to use upon her release from the facility.
  • Detention Officers retaliated against the complainant by fabricating “write ups” indicating she had violated facility policies. These “write ups” were supposedly to be used against the complainant during her pending immigration proceedings.
  • A Supervisory Detention Officer knew of the misconduct and failed to take appropriate action.


  • We found no evidence to substantiate the allegations and were unable to identify a victim or suspect in this matter.
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Strategies Used by Adults to Reduce Their Prescription Drug Costs: United States, 2013

February 2, 2015 Comments off

Strategies Used by Adults to Reduce Their Prescription Drug Costs: United States, 2013
Source: National Center for Health Statistics

Key findings
Data from the National Health Interview Survey, 2013

  • To save money, almost 8% of U.S. adults (7.8%) did not take their medication as prescribed, 15.1% asked a doctor for a lower-cost medication, 1.6% bought prescription drugs from another country, and 4.2% used alternative therapies.
  • Adults aged 18–64 (8.5%) were nearly twice as likely as adults aged 65 and over (4.4%) to have not taken their medication as prescribed to save money.
  • Among adults aged 18–64, uninsured adults (14.0%) were more likely than those with Medicaid (10.4%) or private coverage (6.1%) to have not taken their medication as prescribed to save money.
  • The poorest adults—those with incomes below 139% of the federal poverty level—were the most likely to not take medication as prescribed to save money.
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UK — The economic impact of the motor vehicle full-service leasing and rental sector

January 13, 2015 Comments off

The economic impact of the motor vehicle full-service leasing and rental sector
Source: Oxford Economics

This study, commissioned by the BVRLA, the trade body for the vehicle rental and leasing sector, investigates the economic contribution the full-service leasing and rental sector makes to the UK economy. In 2013, the sector owned some 3.6 million vehicles (cars, light commercial and HGVs). This was over 10% of the vehicles on the UK’s roads that year. Of these, some 11 vehicles in every 100 were leased, with a further two rented.

In 2013, the sector supported a £24.9 billion gross value added of the individual impacts of the operations of the industry itself, the UK-made vehicles it purchases, the use of UK made engines, the activity in dealerships, and its impact on the used-car market. This is equivalent to the size of the economies of Edinburgh and Leicester combined.

The sector is estimated to support 317,000 people in employment in 2013. To place this in context, in the same year there were 270,000 people employed in the city of Sheffield. By supporting economic activity and employment the sector raised tax receipts for the Exchequer. In 2013, these receipts amounted to £81 for every UK resident, or some £5.2 billion in total. ​

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By the numbers: a 2014 money-in-politics index

December 31, 2014 Comments off

By the numbers: a 2014 money-in-politics index
Source: Center for Public Integrity

We crunch a lot of numbers at the Center for Public Integrity. These are some from 2014 that stand out.

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Military Health System/Defense Health System: Ebola

October 21, 2014 Comments off

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

The Military Health System published two new documents about the Ebola crisis:
– Fact sheet for families of Service members deploying to West Africa
– Frequently Asked Questions about Ebola

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DHS OIG — OIG Finds Improved Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children

September 2, 2014 Comments off

OIG Finds Improved Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), today cited improved living conditions in the second in a series of reports on detention centers being used by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to temporarily house Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).

The latest report is based on 60 unannounced site visits by OIG agents – to 41 CBP facilities and one other Federal site in Texas and New Mexico – conducted July 17 to August 20. The OIG’s findings are contained in a memorandum from Inspector General John Roth to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson (see attached).

+ Full Report (PDF)

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