Two different types of migrations are driving population growth in U.S. cities

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America’s largest metro areas are currently gaining population at impressive rates. This trend is driving much of the population growth across the nation. But that growth is the result of two very different migrations – one coming from the location choices of Americans themselves, the other shaped by where new immigrants from outside the United States are heading.

 

 

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232 million people live outside their home country

Nearly two-thirds of all international migrants live in Europe and Asia.

New data released by the United Nations shows that 232 million people, or 3.2 percent of the world’s population, live outside of their countries of birth. This global diaspora has big implications as countries try to balance growth with unease over outsiders. So where are all of these people anyway? And are they helping or hurting their new homes?

 

 

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138 million people worldwide want to live in the U.S.

138 million people want to live in the U.S.

Gallup released new data on migration this week.  Around 630  million people – 13% of the world’s adults – say they would like to move to another country permanently.  An estimated 138 million people would like to relocate to the United States. The second-most popular destination was the United Kingdom with 42 million potential migrants.  The U.S. and U.K. were followed by Canada, France and Saudi Arabia.

 

 

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Denmark Debates Lowering Minimum Wage for Immigrants

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A street scene in Copenhagen.

A Danish politician has suggested paying immigrants half the current minimum wage. The idea has gone down well with center-right parties, but it’s opposed by the left — and the far right. Right-wing populists fear low wages for immigrants could take jobs away from “regular Danes.”

 

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Wave of Labor Unrest in China Signals End of Cheap Labor

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A strike in May at Honda Motor’s transmission factory in Foshan, where hundreds of workers walked off the job and shut four assembly plants.

China has been hit with a recent wave of labor unrest, including strikes and partial shutdowns of factories, underscoring what experts call one of the most dramatic effects of three decades of startling growth: A seemingly endless supply of cheap labor is drying up, and workers are no longer willing to endure sweatshop-like conditions.

 

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