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"A minister in Niger says women and children may be banned from travelling north out of the country. He was speaking after the bodies of 92 migrants who had died of thirst were found in the Sahara.
Niger lies on a major migrant route between sub-Saharan Africa and Europe."
Almost 35,000 people have reached the shores of Italy and Malta in 2013 and two-thirds have filed for asylum.
Interactive: Great map showing routes refugees and migrants are taking to Europe.
Chinese women turn to hiring 'fake boyfriends' to make the holidays more bearable.
One part of the largest human migration event on the planet that takes place during Chinese New Year is for millions of Chinese to go "home" for the holiday to see their families. For young women, the parents are hopeful that their daughters have found a potential husband. For those who don't have that special someone yet, they can rent a fake boyfriend to take with them to meet the folks.
The growth of China's massive population has slowed in recent years, but migration to urban areas has increased, with almost half of China's 1.3 billion people living in or near cities. A booming economy, government housing initiatives, infrastructure programs, and private real estate speculation have all driven construction to record levels. New apartment, office, and government buildings regularly rise up over older neighborhoods, and thousands have relocated to modern housing complexes. The blend of old and new Chinese architecture is ever-present in cities and villages, as older buildings are torn down and newer ones built at ever faster rates.-The Atlantic
Out with the old, in with the new! These are great photographs of China's new architectural style that is rapidly replacing its traditional one, making room for its millions who are constantly flocking towards urban life and the hope of opportunity - if they can afford it.-AA
For the past 50 years, Americans have been fleeing the colder upper midwest for the warm states.
Are Americans really trying to be more energy efficient or are they just tired of paying high heating costs...or just sick of the cold? This map and graph reflect the population shift over the past 50 years of a substantial number who have vacated colder climates for warmer ones.
Cuba announces it is removing the need for citizens to obtain expensive exit permits, "white cards", before travelling abroad.
Cuba is opening the doors to ease emigration beginning in January in an effort to modernize its policies. All they need is a passport and visa and they can stay abroad for up to 24 months. These new rules do not apply to its highly qualified professionals, however. They don't want them to leave. - AA
Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world's largest human migration.
I've posted in the past about this documentary which portrays the The cultural importance of New Year's in China and the massive corresponding migratory shifts that take place. What is new is that the 85 minute documentary is now available online. "Last Train Home takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life. They return to a family growing distant and a daughter longing to leave school for unskilled work. As the Zhangs navigate their new world, Last Train Home paints a rich, human portrait of China's rush to economic development."
Tags: China, EastAsia, migration, development, labor, development, transportation, unit 2 population.
A country is only as strong as its people, and we need more -- starting with Asia...In order to keep up our labor pool, we need to add more young people to our ranks. No longer gaining positive numbers from immigrants from Mexico, migrants from other places must come over. There are millions of willing Asians who would gladly come to the US. But are they welcome?
With little work and high birth rates, urban areas may not be able to absorb climate migrants, experts warn. Most of the current urban growth is now from natural increase rather than migration into the cities from rural areas, as it has been in the past.