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Ghanaians ask for asylum in Brazil

Ghanaians ask for asylum in Brazil | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Some 200 Ghanaians who went to Brazil to watch their team playing in the World Cup ask for asylum, saying they are fleeing religious conflict.
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Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay

Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A report found that counties like Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk faced tough competition from New York City for young people, perhaps because of less diversity and a dearth of modest rentals.
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Campbell Ingraham's curator insight, March 23, 11:59 PM

This article talks about how young adults are lingering in the city nowadays, and many do not move back into the suburbs like they used to. This trend has confused demographers, and they have formulated differing theories as to why this is happening. The typical thing that people would do is live in the suburbs, move to the city, find a spouse, make a family, then move back into the suburbs. Now this trend is declining rapidly.

 

This article relates to push and pull factors, and migration in relation to employment and quality of life. Demographers are having trouble determining the cause of this strange change in location. They wonder what the reasoning is for young adults to stay in the city for a long time rather than move back to the suburbs. What pull factors keep them in the city? What push factors keep them away from the suburbs?


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Brain drain: a headache for India and China

Brain drain: a headache for India and China | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A rush to the exit by elites in the two Asian giants is part of a crisis that will affect everyone with a stake in the region's future.

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Tony Hall's curator insight, October 24, 2013 9:06 AM

I found this article very interesting. I think if fits nicely into the migration part of Population in Transition. It also gives a different perspective on migration.

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International Migration

Almost everywhere on the world, international migration is a hot topic. Most of the time the debate about migration is fierce and charged with prejudices and...

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Sierra_Mcswagger's curator insight, September 10, 2014 10:02 AM

This video is primarily talking on the widely known topic of migration. 3 percent of the worlds population is living away from there place of birth. The push of migration from places include poverty, war, and environmental disasters. The migration pull in some places are because of  economic opportunity, and political freedom. Migration is increasing, and is thought of as a bad thing.(s.s.)

Aurora Rider's curator insight, October 7, 2014 8:59 PM

This video is great for going over the many different aspects that go along with migration. It talks about what migration is and the reasons why people migrate known as push and pull factors. It talks about the different types of migration such as asylum seakers and illegal immigration. It mentions the disadvantages and advantages of migration.

Katelyn Sesny's curator insight, October 31, 2014 12:27 PM

A great YouTube video- discussing the controversy of international migration among other things that fall into place of the disapproval of international migration. -UNIT 2 

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By the numbers: Refugees in Illinois

By the numbers: Refugees in Illinois | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Data on the state’s international refugee resettlement offer a primer on the sweep of recent world history and a window into U.S. foreign policy.

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Josh Kettell's curator insight, January 23, 2013 11:43 PM

Chicago and Illinois have long be a destination of migrants and refuges.  This timeline displays the relative change in the demograhics of those these incoming refugees.

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What we can learn from Mexico

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Earlier this month, the president told a newspaper the solution to partisanship is politics and more politics.


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Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 29, 2014 2:18 PM

The facts about the "new" Mexico help in reasoning why less people are migrating.  The new Mexico looks hopeful and prosperous but when you read about the affects of the drug wars and violence, we see that there is still room for progress for the country in order to keep their citizens from leaving Mexico.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 16, 2014 5:17 PM

A few weeks ago, the president told a newspaper the solution to partisanship is politics and more politics. That’s how you work toward the building of agreements. Unfortunately, it wasn't Barack Obama. It was Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto. One of the first things Pena Nieto did after assuming office was to announce a pact for Mexico, an ambitious set of reforms to raise taxes, increase competition and take on the teachers’ unions. While the world has gotten used to a torrent of images and news of drug-related violence from Mexico, another side of this country has been quietly developing. What we can learn from Mexico is that they are quite successful.  Mexico’s GDP is expected to grow by nearly 4 percent this year, twice as fast as Brazil or, for that matter, the United States. It is riding a manufacturing boom. Mexico is now the world’s fourth biggest producer of cars, according to the World Trade Atlas. Starting next year, new taxis in New York City will carry a “made in Mexico' label.” Mexico is also the world's top exporter of flat screen TVs. In fact, Mexico exports more manufactured products than all the other countries in Latin America combined. A major factor that comes into play is geography.  Sharing a border with the United States means heavy products are cheaper to transport across than if they were manufactured in, say, Asia. Nieto continues to inform us what we can learn from Mexico.

Kendra King's curator insight, February 2, 8:37 PM

The title of this article was what enticed me as I was hoping to find an actual answer. However, based on this article alone, I don’t actually think there is much the United States can learn from Mexico about politics or economics.

 

This author failed to mention that a difference in political systems could also attribute to the new Mexican leader’s ability to obtain “endorsements from across the spectrum.”  Mexico recently had an election. The new President this article is praising is part of a party that controlled the land for 70+ years until Nieto's predecessor. His predecessor messed up with the cartels so badly that Nieto was elected back into office. Given the amount of support Nieto had going into office, it doesn't seem so challenging to negotiate with opposing parties. Plus, I doubt the opposing parts are as unreasonable as some of the United States members of congress, like the Tea Party.   

 

I also see little to glean from the manufacturing route that Mexico is on at the moment. I will admit that the projected GDP growth of 4% mentioned in the article is impressive. However, thinking that the key to economic growth in the United States is through a similar “manufacturing boom” is just out of touch with the times. As stated in class our wages can’t keep up with the cheaper wages of developing countries (a point the author eluded to in the section discussing “the three main factors at play,” factor number three). Thus, doing what Mexico is doing doesn’t fit the American economy. What the United States might try doing is finding a manufacturing niche that no one has a market on in order to obtain more jobs. Maybe something higher end or medically related would be of benefit to the United States. Even these jobs would end up comprising a small part of the United States economy because the United States is more of a white collar economy. As such, more should be done to protect that sector of our economy from things like outsourcing given its relevance to our modern economy.

 

 Overall, I think the media’s quick comparisons of other countries falls under the bad category of globalization. A fair amount of people would just use this article to say things like, if Mexico’s leader can do X Y & Z then so should Obama. Yet, many of those people wouldn’t actually think about all the differences or reasons why Obama can’t compromise or revert the economy backwards. Am I saying Obama shouldn’t try more or that I am happy with the lack of compromise by all, no. However, I think it is dangerous for journalist to gloss over the situation since many people will take them as a credible source to cite. Mind you not all journalism is bad though. The Scoop.It article I read this week regarding Walmart is a great example of how investigative journalism can have positive consequences. The major difference being one actually did their homework that cited concrete specifics, while the other made a flimsy analogy.  

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Twitter Languages in London

Twitter Languages in London | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

This map is a fantastic geovisualization that maps the spatial patterns of languages used on the social media platform Twitter.  This map was in part inspired by a Twitter map of Europe.  While most cities would be expected to be lingistically homogenous, but London's cosmopolitan nature and large pockets of immigrants.

   

Tags: social media, language, neighborhood, visualization, cartography.


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Why US ranks Thailand with North Korea, Iran on human trafficking abuses

Why US ranks Thailand with North Korea, Iran on human trafficking abuses | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The US State Department downgraded Thailand to its lowest ranking on its annual report, opening up the possibility of economic sanctions. Police and border guards are accused of working with traffickers.
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Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?

Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full? | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Since Italy began rescuing Africans from the Mediterranean after the last major tragedy in October, the number of refugees coming to Europe has risen dramatically. Fears of economic immigrants could become a top issue in Europe's spring election.
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Migration: human stories that mirror rising global inequalities

Migration: human stories that mirror rising global inequalities | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (This week @UNrightswire chief called for demystification of migration & policies based on #Rights4Migrants: http://t.co/lPGEKQ8Gd8)...
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WalkerKyleForrest's comment, September 16, 2013 10:06 AM
I believe it is great that we have the facilities for immigrants to have a health insurance and the proper tranquility each human deserves. Although i still think we are accepting more immigrants that are voluntarily moving and we should should accept more refugees. And regulate more strictly the voluntarily immigrants.KYLE CASWELL
Dalton Denmark's comment, September 16, 2013 7:16 PM
Personally I view immigration as a wonderful concept. It promotes the pursuit of happiness in every form, it allows the public of all countries to be ensured the ability to make your life your own. With this i also swell with pride to know the united states of america offers certain liberties to such immigrants but also puts checks on the ability to call yourself an american citizen. all in all i view the system for immigration that has been set up a good one, i do disagree with certain punishments for illegal immigration but i enjoy the almost encouragement given to documented immigrants in the form of support offered.-Dalton
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Sri Lanka to ban maids going to Saudi Arabia

Sri Lanka to ban maids going to Saudi Arabia | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Colombo government says it will gradually phase out domestic workers in the Gulf country after beheading of Sri Lankan.
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Migration and Geography


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Tony King's comment, January 13, 2013 11:35 AM
Just in case a lot of perfectly sane Americans decide to migrate to a civilized country like Canada
Trisha Klancar's curator insight, January 13, 2013 2:04 PM

I like this as it also sets up the beginning of the lesson if you were were unsure what to do with this.

Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 18, 2013 10:07 PM

Migration is what is need in order for the human race to relate to one another and survive. This shows us how we can learn form Migration from a geographical stand point. If you look at the Geography of how and where people move you will it will help you to develop a sense of what is next to come or what is needed to survive.

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Germany 'exporting' old and sick to foreign care homes

Germany 'exporting' old and sick to foreign care homes | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Pensioners are being sent to care homes in eastern Europe and Asia in an austerity move dismissed as 'inhumane deportation' (Germany 'exporting' old and sick to foreign care homes, reports Kate Connolly in Berlin http://t.co/suOHJS4m)...
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Greece's problem with immigration

Greece's problem with immigration | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Hundreds of immigrants are captured at the port of Patras trying to enter Greece, and as the BBC's Mark Lowen writes, it is becoming a flashpoint.

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