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Guest Worker Programs

Discusses guest worker programs in 13 countries and also provides information on the European Union’s Proposal for a Directive on Seasonal Employment.  The country surveys cover such topics as guest worker recruitment and sponsorship, visa conditions and quotas, and the availability of a path to permanent status.  From the Law Library of Congress


Mobile Device Use While Driving: United States and Seven European Countries, 2011

Categories: France,Germany,Great Britain,Spain,Telecommunications/Internet,Transportation

Presents estimates of the prevalence of driver distraction related to mobile device use for the U.S. the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and three other countries.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Eurozone Crisis: Overview and Issues for Congress

Updates earlier reports with details of late summer events which calmed the financial markets.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


European Health Expectancies: Country Reports

Categories: European Union,France,Germany,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Italy,Spain,Statistics

A series of reports for the countries of the European Union on life expectancies and healthy life years and how each country compares to the EU as a whole.  From the European Commission


Muslims in Europe: Promoting Integration and Countering Extremism

Categories: European Union,France,Germany,Great Britain,Immigration/Migration,Spain,Terrorism

This report examines policies in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom to promote the integration of Muslim populations into the broader society.  Also evaluates the role of the European Union in shaping European laws and policies related to integration and counter-radicalization.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Center


2011 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property

Categories: Canada,China,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Italy,Property Rights,Russia,Spain

Latest annual review of the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement.  Identifies a wide range of U.S. concerns including indigenous innovation policies in China, copyright piracy over the Internet in such countries as Canada, Spain, Italy, and Russia, and more.   From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

International Comparisons of Hourly Compensation Costs in Manufacturing, 2009

Reports that hourly compensation costs in manufacturing industries in the U.S. in 2009 were lower than in 12 European countries and Australia, but higher than in 20 other major manufacturing countries.  Average hourly compensation costs in manufacturing in the U.S. rose about 4% to $33.53.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

International Labor Comparisons: Country at a Glance

Offers statistical comparisons of about 36 countries showing worker pay, productivity, unemployment, gross domestic product, and prices (for most countries).  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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