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How climate change is driving migration to Europe. More than 10,000 migrants and refugees traveled to Western Europe via Hungary over the weekend, fleeing conflict-ravaged and impoverished homelands in the hope of finding a more secure life abroad.

How climate change is driving migration to Europe

Even as Europe wrestles over how to absorb the new arrivals, human rights activists and migration experts warn that the movement is not likely to slow anytime soon. Intractable wars, terror and poverty in the Middle East and beyond will continue to drive the surge. One additional factor, say scientists, is likely to make it even worse: climate change. From 2006 to 2011, large swaths of Syria suffered an extreme drought that, according to climatologists, was exacerbated by climate change. America's most embarrassing statistic — and one effort to change it. Why is EU free movement so important? - BBC News. Why does free movement of people - one of the founding principles of the European Union - look set to become so important in the debate about whether Britain should remain in the EU?

Why is EU free movement so important? - BBC News

Free movement of people - alongside free movement of goods, services and capital - is one of the four founding principles of the European Union. It gives all citizens of EU countries the right to travel, live and work wherever they wish within the EU. But in response to public concerns in Britain about the impact of immigration on jobs and local services, David Cameron has said he wants to permanently reduce the number of European immigrants coming to Britain.

The science of slums. In an edited extract from his new book, Danny Dorling argues that the idea of the population bomb is a fallacy and that the human population is checking its rise without the need for a grand plan The ‘population bomb’ is a solecism, a grammatical mistake, an absurdity.

The science of slums

In 1968, it was a neologism, a newly coined phrase or doctrine; today, it appears antiquated as a term. Now simply ‘population’ without the suffix ‘bomb’ has a self-evident power. We should be ‘concerned about population’, we’re told – no longer scared out of our wits, as any sane person would be about a bomb, but concerned. 4 Maps Crucial to Understanding Europe's Population Shift. Despite economic growth in Central and Eastern Europe, the continent is still migrating to the Northwest.

4 Maps Crucial to Understanding Europe's Population Shift

Europe’s population is shifting to the Northwest. The GDP in its more easterly nations seems to be booming, while the countryside and many smaller cities continue to empty at the expense of the great conurbations. And while Europe’s southern nations continue to suffer under austerity, cities around the Mediterranean are nonetheless among the fastest growing in terms of population. These are just some of the key demographic shifts outlined in a recent report [PDF] from Bloomberg Philanthropies and LSE Cities. While the report focuses overall on the 155 submissions made to last year’s first ever Europe-based Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, its data provides a fascinating snapshot of a continent on the move.

Go East? While they’re often depicted as the continent’s poor relations, it’s actually the states of Central and Eastern Europe where per capita GDP has grown fastest. Explicit cookie consent. THE wall of the Bricklayer’s Arms, a pub in the High Town neighbourhood of Luton, displays paper money from all over the world: trophies, explains the landlady, from customers with families living abroad.

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Down the road there is an Afro-Caribbean butcher, a Chinese health shop, a Polish barber and a Swedish restaurant. The shops, and the notes on the pub wall, are new. Fifteen years ago Luton’s residents were clearly split along ethnic lines: Pakistani and Bengali Britons lived in Bury Park; whites in High Town. Research Matters.

Note: Census Bureau experts are presenting on a variety of topics at the Population Association of America annual conference.

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Follow the Research Matters blog or visit the press kit to learn more about their work. Written by Laryssa Mykyta, Statistician, Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division After the housing bubble popped in the mid-2000s, foreclosure rates increased fivefold. Many families had trouble paying their mortgages and faced losing their homes to foreclosure. While we have information about the characteristics of families who lost their homes to foreclosure from earlier studies, we do not have much information about what happens to families throughout the foreclosure process or after losing their homes. I examine how foreclosure affects family well-being, including family income, use of government assistance programs, doubling up or sharing a household, food insecurity, and support from others.

Explicit cookie consent. 12 Data visualizations that illustrate poverty’s biggest challenges. Here’s a collection of some of the best data visualizations on global literacy, mortality, birth rates and more that will help put some of the biggest issues surrounding poverty today into perspective.

12 Data visualizations that illustrate poverty’s biggest challenges

The good news: Extreme poverty is declining, and life expectancy and incomes on the whole are on the up and up. The bad news: We still have a lot of work to do! 1. Changes in Life Expectancies and Incomes Hans Rosling’s Gapminder project has long been one of the best data visualization tools for understanding how poverty and welfare are changing. 2. Extreme poverty is most commonly referred to as those making under USD $1.25 a day. According to a World Bank Report, the nation with by far the highest existence of extreme poverty is India, followed by China and then Nigeria. A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Earlier Estimates.

Adventures in Population Growth. I’ve been playing around with the International Database at the US Census Bureau.

Adventures in Population Growth

They provide population estimates broken down by country, age and year for essentially every country. More importantly, they keep it updated every 6 months. One area I’m interested in for my economics research is population growth rates – or more importantly, shifts in population makeup over time. I’ve created a few interesting graphs to show the expected shifts over the next 35 years. It’s actually pretty terrifying. Explicit cookie consent. From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century. With more than 40 million immigrants, the United States is the top destination in the world for those moving from one country to another.

From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century

Mexico, which shares a nearly 2,000-mile border with the U.S., is the source of the largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States. But today’s volume of immigrants, in some ways, is a return to America’s past. A century ago, the U.S. experienced another large wave of immigrants. Although smaller at 18.2 million, they hailed largely from Europe. Geoenrichment - Infographic. Nytimes : The most common age in America ... Polish people in the UK 1/7.

Qatar government admits almost 1,000 fatalities among migrant workers. The major report commissioned by Qatar into its treatment of migrant workers produced more than 60 suggested reforms – and one telling confirmation: that hundreds of workers have died, many of them from unexplained sudden illness, over the past two years, at a rate of more than one a day.

Qatar government admits almost 1,000 fatalities among migrant workers

Revealed: thousands of Britons on benefits across EU. Ten myths about migration. ‘They are taking our jobs’ Immigrants represent 9% of the active population in France and contribute 8.9% to the labour market, according to a study for the French government’s stategic analytical centre in 2012. They also experience more unemployment than non-immigrants: 16.1% compared to 9.1%, according to data from the same year at the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee). Immigrants generally work in sectors where they are less qualified or not qualified at all, such as construction, catering or seasonal agriculture. According to a government study conducted at the end of 2012, immigrants comprised about one-third of domestic workers, and a quarter of those working in heavy construction and the building industry.

They are also largely over-represented when it comes to precarious employment, what with part-time work and short-term contracts. Le Monde. The Economist sur Twitter : "London’s population is the same size as it was in 1939, but looks very different. TheEconomist : If Poland is to continue to ...

TheEconomist : The White House blames the ... U.S. Hispanic and Asian populations growing, but for different reasons. The distinction of being the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States has alternated between Asians and Hispanics in recent decades. Since 2010, though, Asians have had the edge. New Census Bureau data estimate that the U.S. Hispanic population topped 54 million as of July 1, 2013, an increase of 2.1% over 2012.

Meanwhile, the Asian population grew to 19.4 million, with a growth rate of 2.9%. U.S. births have been the primary driving force behind the increase in the Hispanic population since 2000 and that trend continued between 2012 and 2013. By comparison, growth in the Asian American population has been fueled primarily by immigration. Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. Image copyright Milla Kontkanen For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates. It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it's designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they're from, an equal start in life.