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MORE and less: that’s what I discovered in last week’s visit to Seoul, 190 kilometers from a ‘supreme’ threat. Kyumin Lim has witnessed the decline of tourists to Seoul and South Korea since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un traded personal insults. Words apparently are indeed…

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A YEAR before the 2016 presidential elections–during and immediately after the Republicans chose Donald Trump as the Grand Old Party’s nominee and eventual US President—the United States admitted 1,051,031 immigrants. The American Community Survey (ACS) reported that there were approximately 11.6 million Mexican immigrants in the US in 2015. What…

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FROM just over 10,000 in 2001, the number of Filipinos in New Zealand increased to more than 40,347 in 2013 (the last census published), a significant number of whom were nurses and engineers. Approximately 2,000 more join their kababayan as international students each year. To practice their profession, PRC-licensed nurses…

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FILIPINO-Australians remain the fifth-largest migrant community in Australia. According to the 2014 census, 225,110 Filipinos have made Australia their home, constituting 3.4 percent of Australia’s overseas-born residents and one percent of Australian’s total population. More Filipinos were able to migrate Down Under based on their skills and profession than family…

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UNTIL 2011, the cut-off dates for the EB3 and OW had been different. The EB3 had always been ahead. But in 2013, the EB3 cut-off date was 08 December 2005 while the OW was three months back, September 15 of the same year. I am sharing the priority dates for…

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MY visit to Texas was a knee-jerk reaction that ran into a storm of consequences. More of why later. A day before I arrived in Dallas, Texas, the buzz was about a hurricane to bring floods of historic proportions instead of an uncontrolled flow of immigrants at the Corpus Christi…

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HURRICANE ‘Harvey’ shifted the flood of Trump tweets from closing borders to opening doors. North of Houston, Dallas announced the opening of a “mega-shelter” capable of accommodating 5,000 evacuees at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center while Austin – the state’s capital – prepares for at least 7,000 flood and…

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UNTIL recently, immigration had been in President Donald Trump’s Tweeter backburner – consumed as he was in belittling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the US presidential elections and collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia. With the raid of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s residence,…

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FOR visa watchers—those waiting for their loved ones or family members to join them after that long awaited visa interview—the priority dates for September could finally end the “daily nights of being alone, and writing or emailing” as both petitioner and beneficiary maintain a long-distance relationship. “I’ll See You in…

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