Re: IAOC requesting input on (potential) meeting cities

Andrew Newton <> Tue, 04 April 2017 18:43 UTC

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From: Andrew Newton <>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 13:43:12 -0500
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Subject: Re: IAOC requesting input on (potential) meeting cities
To: Nico Williams <>
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On Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 1:15 PM, Nico Williams <> wrote:
> All that said, I've been harassed by Customs in Japan and Canada, and I
> have heard harassment stories in Argentina (where I hail from) and
> elsewhere.  My impression and experience is that Europeans customs are
> the least likely to harass visitors.

If we are going to base our decision on anecdotal experiences, my
worst encounters have all been in Europe. I don't think that means
anything other than my worst encounters have an an odd pattern. I also
know people who have been detained and denied entry into Canada
because the Canadians believed them to be violent criminals. They
weren't, but because the Canadians have arrest records but not
conviction/acquittal records from other countries there tend to be
misunderstandings (btw, the US does this as well, not picking on

In my opinion, statistics will better inform this discussion.