POPULATION OF CNMI DOUBLES IN 20 YEARS

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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (January 24, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The U.S. Commerce Department reports that the population of the Northern Marianas has almost doubled in the past 10 years, with migrant workers now outnumbering the local population.

The total population now stands at more than 69,000, an increase of 36,000 from 1990.

The department says the main reason for the dramatic growth is migration.

The majority of migrants are temporary garment and tourist industry resident workers, businesspeople and dependents, mainly from the Philippines and China.

The Bank of Hawaii reported last October that the U.S. commonwealth had the highest percentage population growth rate of anywhere in the Pacific.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

 

ILLEGAL ALIENS IN CNMI AVOID CENSUS OFFICIALS

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (January 22, 2000 – Honolulu Advertiser)---Census officials in the Northern Mariana Islands vow that they won’t reveal the identities of illegal aliens to federal authorities.

Some territorial officials have expressed concern that any census information provided by the islands’ estimated 5,000 illegal aliens will be used by other federal officials to deport them.

But census officials said they were sworn to secrecy by law and face up to 50 years in prison if they break that law.

Federal law also prevents census information from being forwarded to the Internal Revenue Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, police, courts and the military, they said.

For additional reports from The Honolulu Advertiser, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Honolulu Advertiser.

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