I look at this article and think, "perfect timing". Within the last few decades, the United States was a destination to make dreams come true and raise a family with a healthy income. That was a time where jobs and opportunities were arising within the states, so in an immigrants perspective, why not make the trip? Now, in 2013, things are a little different. The middle class is not as affluent as before, and people tend to be struggling compared to previous years. Instead of saving for a summer vacation, it's saving to make the car payments and inevitable bills at the end of each month. Immigrants obviously recognize this and making the trip becomes less and less appealing, and then there's a curveball... The economy is improving south of the border as well as the ability to raise a family. Why risk criminal activity and especially one's life when there are opportunites right at home? Another issue to note is the severe risk when crossing the border. The United States has cracked down on it's boundaries with the advancement in technology and manpower, but that's only a problem if the extremely powerful cartels are bypassed on the Mexican side.
The economic and social turmoil after the fall of the Soviet Union was profound enough to be seen in the demographic statistics. Birth rates dropped as the death rates went up. Typically when birth rates drop it is presented as an indicator of social development, but it clearly is not in this instance. What explains these statistics?
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the statistics blatantly followed. Russia's expansion and development has slowed extremely compared to Soviet rule, and the people have taken the same trend. Citizens are moving away to find better opportunity, they are literally packing bags and simply leaving without a trace. When the U.S.S.R. was in full swing, the economy and people were all tightly controlled. In most cases the regime was strict, but there was controlled order and generally speaking, the people had organization and prosperity. Though not politically free, there were jobs and workers to fulfill them. Now, the economy has stooped, which led the social statistics to follow. Russians are realizing that if they have children, how will they support them? Their income shows it is hard to support others and therefore birth rates have dropped. Ultimately, it's no wonder the overall natural growth of Russia has drastically dropped within the last 20 years.
"In 1979, the National Population and Family Planning Commission in China enacted an ambitious program that called for strict population control. Families in various urban districts are urged to have only one child—preferably a son—in order to solve the problems related to overpopulation. What has happened since then and what are its implications for the future of China?" This is an excellent infographic for understanding population dynamics in the world's most populous country.
This was a cool graphic to explain the basics of the birth policies in China. As a country, it is respectable for them to try and control their global footprint and growth within the country, yet some of the measures that are taken to achieve or sustain them are slightly questionable. One of the graphics displayed having one child compared to more than one, which were have the chance of being followed by fines, confiscations of belongings, and even job loss. In a sense, by having more (a child) they actually get less (money, goods, respect). The goal of reducing the birth rates had actually worked since it was put in place, though it didn't come without some sort of an expense of the citizens.
One out of four Swedes are immigrants or have a parent with an immigrant background.
Demographic shifts leading to political and cultural tensions. Europe, which historically has been a source of migrants, is relatively new to be a destination for migrants and that has heightened some of the conflicts.
Sweden is currently one of the most prosperous countries in the world. Being so close and accessible to many neighboring European countries makes it that much more appealing and even easier for people to travel there. The birth rates have slowed in recent years, meaning people of working age are slowly decreasing; less workers and less jobs can lower the economy. After the conflicts in Syria, Sweden has even volunteered to house refugees to start new and in turn can help put the demographic shift on the upswing. With such an inviting atmosphere in the Scandinavian region, it's no wonder why there are so many citizens with immigrant backgrounds.
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