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Life in the Data

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On the Destinations of Species

It’s almost always easier to cross international borders if you’re something other than human.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Geopolitics of Gentrification

The international market for U.S. real estate looks nothing like the domestic market for U.S. real estate.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Death of Urbanization in the United States

We continue to confuse population change with net domestic migration. Over the last 20 years, the U.S. has become increasingly rural even as many of its cities have grown.

What Makes Us Politic

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Living the Undocumented Life: A Personal Plea for Immigration Reform

In both personal and professional roles, Susan Hamilton has seen directly how the stress of living undocumented in America can take a toll on families.

In the Classroom

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The Problem With a Culture of Excellence

Asian Americans have become a model of academic achievement. This is bad news for basically everyone.

The Rest of the World

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Fleeced: A Look at the Terrible Life of Migrant Workers Everywhere

The New York Times’ coverage of the poor conditions laborers at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus are struggling with is important, but the problem is not unique to one area. A Nepal expert offers some critical context.

World Cup Week

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How Does Immigration Affect the Teams at the World Cup?

The number of immigrants in a country doesn’t seem to have an effect on how diverse its national team is. If anything, it appears that ethnic and racial minorities get pushed toward soccer.

Prospector

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Alien Baby: Is Your Zygote American Enough?

The complicated relationship between citizenship and genetics.

Burgh Diaspora

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Why Is Brooklyn Dying?

The borough has experienced a drop in average per capita income, but there’s a good reason for that.

The Things We Eat

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Why So Many Children of Immigrants Are Going Hungry

Many people who qualify for government assistance are afraid to ask for it.

What Makes Us Politic

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How Recent Immigration Complicates Our Racial Justice Policies

As greater numbers of non-white immigrants enter the country, our racial justice policies are leaving behind longstanding racial minority populations.

The Rest of the World

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Why We Keep Failing to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Startling new research suggests that conservative opposition to immigration reform may have nothing to do with what’s presented in any legislative bill, but rather how small differences in the way we think about multiculturalism can alter broad attitudes.

Sociological Images

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Where Did ‘Hispanics’ Come From?

Univision and other Spanish-language television broadcasters played a key role in creating the now-common broad classification as a way of attracting advertisers.

Burgh Diaspora

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Happy H-1B Visa Day

Is the Big Tech lobbying effort for immigration reform just a ruse to keep wages low?

Burgh Diaspora

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Los Angeles Is Beginning to Look a Lot Like Pittsburgh

Concerns about population growth and decline are artifacts of the 19th century and the industrial revolution. For them to make any sense today, we need to look at the numbers in a much different way.

Burgh Diaspora

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What Talent Shortage? The Great American Brain Waste of Our Captive Labor Market

Our biggest businesses complain about a shortage of skilled labor. Instead of calling on the government to act, they should consider workplace policies that are friendlier to women and immigrants.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Era of Dying Places: Everyone Is Starved for Talent, but Migration Is a Thing of the Past

What happens when a place is no longer able to attract more people?

 

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Mafias, Migrants, and a New Kind of Graft

Italy’s fumbled effort to dilute bad apples by placing them in barrels of good ones failed spectacularly, but it offers lessons about migrants and organized crime for today.

 

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Why Is Hanukkah So Closely Associated With Christmas?

It’s all about the Benjamins.

 

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Immigration and Gentrification

Are our romantic attachments to place to blame for fear of brain drain from, immigration to, and gentrification of our cities?

 

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Canada Is Dying

Canada’s birth rate is so low that it’s relying entirely on immigration for any increase in the population, but places and businesses that depend on importing skills will suffer in the new talent production economy.

 

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Another Benefit of Immigrant Workers: Shock Absorption

In continuing to address the chicken-and-egg question of jobs and population, it seems that Mexican-born workers are quick to relocate to greener pastures.

 

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Ex-Guatemalan Commando Guilty of Concealing Role in Massacre

Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes, who obtained U.S. and Canadian citizenship, is the highest-ranking soldier convicted on charges related to the slaughter of 250 villagers during the country’s civil war.

 

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In U.S. Trial of Massacre Suspect, a Rare Chance for Guatemalan Justice

A survivor of the 1982 Dos Erres massacre and former Guatemalan commandos who carried it out will testify against a former army lieutenant, a U.S. citizen who prosecutors say lied about his involvement.

 

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The Traditional American Family Has Been Outsourced

If you’re looking for a two-parent, man-and-wife, never-divorced kind of family, head to one of those citizenship ceremonies.

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Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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