Welcome to Demography Is Destiny. We launched this to counter two media memes: that humans are a cancer which is destroying our planet and that world population is spiralling to unsustainable levels. The real story is that intelligent and inventive humans will rise to the challenge of climate change and that our real problem is the coming demographic winter. The editors of Demography is Destiny are Marcus and Shannon Roberts, who live in Auckland, New Zealand. Send them your comments and suggestions. - See more at: http://www.mercatornet.com/demography/view/the-worlds-migrant-population-continues-to-grow/17589#sthash.Y0YMUvtR.dpuf
WEDNESDAY, 10 FEBRUARY 2016
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The United Nations has released a 2015 update on the state of the world's migrantion stock – those who have left the land of their birth to work and live overseas (usually as economic migrants, but also as refugees). The results have been reproduced in a number of interesting and colourful graphs and infographics (as well as some less colourful and interesting spreadsheets). Some of the more interesting numbers are as follows:
Migration is certainly a pressing issue in many countries around the world. The ability to control one's borders is one of the definitions of a Westphalian nation-state and growing numbers of migrants and refugees is placing pressure upon that ability in many areas of the world. It will not be surprising if the number of migrants continues to grow throughout the 21st century. While migrants are economically useful, particularly for countries that will not reproduce their own populations, migrants also pose challenges. These challenges fall on the host country in terms of questions of assimilation, multi-culturalism, or changing one's own culture. But they also fall upon migrants themselves who have to face language, cultural, economic and personal hardships. How different countries respond to migration will go a long way to determining the changing face of our planet in the 21st century- See more at: http://www.mercatornet.com/demography/view/the-worlds-migrant-population-continues-to-grow/17589#sthash.Y0YMUvtR.dpuf
After the New Hampshire primary, if there is anyone who should be afraid, it is the panjandrums of political correctness, people who shut down debate by sneering, “You CAN’T say that!”
Not that I agree with either Bernie Sanders, who is far too socially progressive, or Donald Trump, who is far too divisive, to deserve election. But Americans are responding to their call for their very different political revolutions.
In a sense, both men are burning the same fuel that propelled Barack Obama into the White House: idealism, a sense of serving a great and noble cause. OK, “A future to believe in” may be corny and meaningless; and “Make America great again” may be corny and unrealistic. But they both strike a chord with voters.
There’s a lesson here for us dignitarians who believe in politically incorrect things like the dignity of life from conception to a natural death and the traditional family. Instead of giving up, we need to push ahead, respectfully, but vigorously and shamelessly. We have to learn from the Bern and the Donald. It’s time to be boldly countercultural.
|Rise of the neurolawyers|
Lowell J. McDonald | FEATURES | 10 February 2016
Will brain scans transform the application of justice?
|The world’s migrant population continues to grow|
Marcus Roberts | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY | 10 February 2016
The UN counts 244 million international migrants in 2015.
|Where’s the love?|
Daan van Schalkwijk | ABOVE | 10 February 2016
Could we find it at World Youth Day in Poland this year?
|Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use iPads|
Tamara El-Rahi | FAMILY EDGE | 10 February 2016
Smart move – excessive screen-time can lead to obesity, aggression and depression.
|Is Hillary Clinton losing the ‘woman vote’?|
Sheila Liaugminas | SHEILA REPORTS | 10 February 2016
High profile surrogates sound desperate, reach a new low.
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