People take part in a pro-European Union rally in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, on May 21, 2023.
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Lack of control over its borders and corruption are two of the issues that could complicate Moldova’s bid to join the EU.
Migrants from Latin America are traveling through Mexico as part of a caravan heading to the U.S.
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The US is convening Latin American countries in Los Angeles this week to discuss major regional issues. An expert explains 3 key things to know about one top concern – migration.
A Spanish-language sign warns migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border against explsing themselves to the dangerous elements in the desert.
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The number of migrants dying while trying to cross the US-Mexico border is at an all-time high. But these figures are still likely an underestimate.
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Omicron may soon arrive at the border, but New Zealand hopes to keep it out of the community through border controls, testing requirements and rapid genome sequencing of any positive cases.
The Morrison government has delayed its plan to open the international border on Wednesday to skilled workers and students, as it awaits more information about the Omicron variant of COVID. Cabinet’s national…
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Although most border workers are now vaccinated, regular testing remains essential to guard against the risk of a major outbreak in the community.
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Even with the highest possible rates of vaccination, New Zealand will need to keep up public health measures, or consider letting go of the concept of elimination and focus instead on disease control.
The first year of dealing with the pandemic has taught New Zealand many lessons — including how we might tackle systemic social and environmental problems.
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The highly infectious nature of the COVID-19 variant, and the fact the infections have no clear link to the border, leaves the worrying possibility of a more widespread community outbreak.
Closing borders is a popular policy in the UK, but it brings limited effectiveness at great human cost.
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A new study argues for selective border relaxations. But with COVID-19 more prevalent now than at almost any point in the past, the risk would be substantial.
Multiple borders have always existed in Aotearoa New Zealand. We just weren’t as aware of them before the pandemic started locking down communities.
With quarantine infection numbers and border failures likely to keep increasing, the case for stricter travel restrictions is clear.
A variant with a higher transmission rate is much more dangerous than one with just a higher fatality rate.
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New Zealand’s most pressing challenge is to bring the current COVID-19 outbreak under control, but it also time to make more strategic improvements to prevent future border control failures.
Biometric data is being used to target those deemed unwanted aliens.
Border restrictions and quarantine have kept COVID-19 out of New Zealand, but new modelling shows contact tracing and quick isolation would control an outbreak, without the need for another lockdown.
With the cost of quarantine sure to rise, the government should look at a fair system based on returning New Zealanders’ ability to pay.
Multiple failures to properly enforce border quarantine measures should never have happened, given the strength of New Zealand’s emergency laws.
Victoria and NSW have demonstrated that a severe and relatively short shutdown is still possible.