The Opening of Burmese Borders: Impacts on Migration
Burma, a resources-rich yet impoverished nation also known as Myanmar, rejoined the international community in 2011 after a military junta loosened its grip. Before the Southeast Asian nation opened its borders, Burmese migrated primarily for low-paid, clandestine work in Thailand but also as a result of violence and natural disasters. This article explores how the country’s recent transition has impacted Burmese migration flows.
Immigration Reform Returns to Center Stage of US Politics
Immigration reform is squarely back on the agenda in Washington, with the unveiling of plans for major reform of the US immigration system by the White House and a bipartisan group of senators known as the Gang of Eight. This article explores the policy and political aspects of this fast-moving debate, examines an uptick in apprehensions of illegal crossers, and more.
[Source: Migration Information Source]
- Social Networking Sites and Our Lives
This report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project takes a critical look into the social impact of widespread use of social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter. Written by Keith Hampton, Lauren Sessions Goulet, Lee Rainie, and Kristen Purcell, this 85-page report was published in June 2011. Visitors can download the report or read it online; the materials here also include the survey questions, along with information about the authors‚ Äô methodology. The report is divided into five parts, including an introduction and a chapter titled “Who are social networking site users?” There are a number of interesting findings here, including the observation that the number of people using social networking sites has nearly doubled since 2008 and their population has gotten significantly older during that time. The report is well written and full of insights that will be of use to media specialists, sociologists, and those with an interest in how technology affects human interaction…
- Urban Forest Hurricane Recovery
The University of Florida Extension devotes a portion of its website to Urban Forest Hurricane Recovery, which allows visitors to read a publication or view a PowerPoint presentation on the subject of cleaning up trees after a hurricane and preventing future hurricane damage to the urban forest. The first chapter on safety precautions in this presentation cautions that most injuries after natural disasters occur during clean up. In addition to the fourteen chapters that cover everything from “Restoring Trees after a Hurricane” to “Selecting Coastal Plain Species for Wind Resistance” to “Developing an Urban Forest Management Plan for Hurricane-Prone Communities”, the website also has other related links on the left-hand side menu. Some of these links include “Disaster Preparedness and Recovery” and “Promoting Turf Recovery Following a Hurricane”. Overall, the site is a fine resource for those persons in the field of public health, disaster recovery, and public policy…
[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 17, Number 26, July 1, 2011]
The 2009 Failed States Index ranked most fragile countries with virulent economic crisis, countless natural disasters, and government collapse.
Click here for access and here for the photo essay of top 20 countries in the index.