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Demography News Clippings, Aug 2011

Govt mulls asylum seeker laws

The Government is considering whether new laws are needed to discourage asylum seekers from arriving on New Zealand shores. Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman yesterday said the Government was looking at all options to combat illegal immigration,...New Zealand

Mexodus: Some Violence-Weary Mexicans See Asylum in US as Viable Option

The family had arrived at his office with the thought of applying for asylum for the girl. “They ran out of options and someone told them to consider asylum,” Caudillo said. “I told them how tough it is going through an asylum process, but they should ... Last year, a total of 147 asylum petitions were received by immigration courts in the El Paso area, according to statistics released by the U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review, but just two cases were approved…Mexico USA Latino Fox News

Population Growth Taxes Electric Grid

Staggering population growth in Texas is creating an unprecedented demand for electricity. “Our demand has been growing in this state for several years now,” Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) spokesperson Dottie Roark said last week in a ...USA KUT News

Growing Hispanic population in US wields greater political, economic clout

TAMPA, Florida (Xinhua) -- The population of Hispanics, or Latinos, in the United States is growing rapidly not only in size, but also in political and economic influence, recent reports found. An analysis of the US Census Bureau 2010 data by the Pew ...USA Philippines Philippine Star

Afghanistan: Population Boom Threatens Stabilization Chances ...

Afghanistan's rapidly growing population is starting to worry officials in Kabul. The demographic issue has the potential to become a significant source of instability in the coming decades….Afghanistan

Unemployment climbing along with population growth in Australia ...

There is nothing "inevitable" about our population growth. It's due to government policy, and our population numbers are designed to support our Economy, ...Australia Candobetter; Roy Morgan

'Riots Reveal the Decay of British Society'

After the fourth night of riots in England, observers are asking what is behind the wave of violence. German commentators argue that the unrest reflects a deep-seated malaise at the heart of British society….Germany UK Spiegel,1518,779413,00.html#ref=nlint

A growing problem flies under the radar

….. We are being conned here. We are not getting the full picture. The Monash report points out the social and economic costs of high immigration and proves that we would be better off socially and economically with half the amount of immigration we have now. But without extensive media coverage, this really scary message gets lost in beat-ups about a sensible carbon policy to do our bit in world efforts to cut carbon emissions – a reasonable insurance policy, in the words of Malcolm Turnbull….. Australia Canberra Times CRISPIN HULL

Who fears and who welcomes population decline?

Netherlands World Academic Research Hendrik P. Van Dalen, Kene Henkens


European countries are experiencing population decline and the tacit assumption in most analyses is that the decline may have detrimental welfare effects. In this paper we use a survey among the population in the Netherlands to discover whether population decline is always met with fear.

A number of results stand out: population size preferences differ by geographic proximity: at a global level the majority of respondents favours a (global) population decline, but closer to home one supports a stationary population. Population decline is clearly not always met with fear: 31 percent would like the population to decline at the national level and they generally perceive decline to be accompanied by immaterial welfare gains (improvement environment) as well as material welfare losses (tax increases, economic stagnation). In addition to these driving forces it appears that the attitude towards immigrants is a very strong determinant at all geographical levels: immigrants seem to be a stronger fear factor than population decline. 25 page PDF

Job Creation and Immigration | FrontPage Magazine

As Chris Chmielenski of the immigration control organization Numbers USA notes, “that number still falls short of the number of jobs needed for the 125000 work permits issued to foreign workers each month by the federal government.” ... USA FrontPage Magazine Virgil Goode

Working Papers: Family Planning on a Global Scale

International family planning is a critical U.S. foreign policy issue. This collection highlights its effects on global health, economic development, international security, environmental sustainability, and women's empowerment. … USA World Reports PDF Council on Foreign Affairs

Philip Zimbardo: The demise of guys?

TED Talk 5 min Video
Psychologist Philip Zimbardo asks, "Why are boys struggling?" He shares some stats, suggests a few reasons -- and asks for your help! Watch his talk, then take his short 10-question survey. USA

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