Immigration Law & Policies

Immigration Changes within the APAC Region

Immigration Changes within the APAC Region
Nikki Martin, November 26, 2018

Immigration is an ever-changing industry. Changes are implemented for a multitude of reasons, commonly; economic changes, demand of visa applications, technology upgrades and broader government policies or laws. The frequency of the changes means it can be challenging to stay up to date. Here is a brief summary of some recent changes within the APAC region...

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Challenges to Immigration and Mobility outside of Europe

Challenges to Immigration and Mobility outside of Europe
Katie Smith, August 21, 2018

Talking through the challenges

Alchemy has recently been exploring both the advantages and challenges to Immigration and Mobility outside of Europe. This blog focuses on the more challenging aspects, which is particularly relevant in light of the UK’s Brexit situation. To gain a broader world view I have been lucky enough to correspond with industry experts Kent O’Neil (Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase, North Carolina) and Roberto Vale (Vice-President, Account Management Asia Pacific and Middle East at SIRVA, Singapore).

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The Windrush Generation: a cause for immigration reform?

The Windrush Generation: a cause for immigration reform?
Gabriella Vianello, April 24, 2018

Who are the Windrush Generation?

The term ‘Windrush Generation’ has been widely adopted to refer to migrants that entered the UK between 1948 – 1971. Following the aftermath of World War II, families from Jamaica and other various Caribbean countries boarded the passenger liner ‘Empire Windrush’ and journeyed to Tilbury Docks in Essex. This influx of migrants jumpstarted a trend of migration, with more and more individuals travelling to the UK to assist in rebuilding post-war Britain. These migrants were invited by the British government, with the intention that they would help solve the issues surrounding labour shortages at the time; workers were required to rebuild roads, care for the sick and injured, and to assist with other state services as required. With approximately 500 passengers, the Windrush liner therefore offered a substantial opportunity to address workforce issues at the time.

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Santa’s Visa Situation

Santa’s Visa Situation
Katie Smith, December 20, 2017

Santa’s Past and ‘Present’

Santa Claus claims multiple nationalities. Some of the earliest records of Santa come from fourth-century Greece and Turkey where Santa is listed under the name of Saint Nicholas and similar Dutch stories of Sinterklaas suggest Santa’s further association with the Netherlands.

There are also hints of the Germanic God Wodan as another alias of the Santa of the past, however more recent popular culture places Santa as currently residing between his two jolly residences of the North Pole and Finland’s Lapland (think of the frequent flyer miles)!

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