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ON DEVELOPMENT | Soaring humanitarian costs in 2023, The New Humanitarian

ON DEVELOPMENT | Soaring humanitarian costs in 2023, The New Humanitarian

More hunger, more displacement, more people in crisis, and a soaring price tag: Humanitarian needs and costs will once again shatter records in 2023, but available funding – and the system itself – isn’t keeping pace.

Source: Soaring humanitarian costs in 2023: Key takeaways, The New Humanitarian, by Irwin Loy and Jessica Alexander, December 1, 2022

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ON DEVELOPMENT | Protecting 30% of Earth’s surface for nature means thinking about connections near and far, The Conversation

ON DEVELOPMENT | Protecting 30% of Earth’s surface for nature means thinking about connections near and far, The Conversation

Governments, scientists and conservation groups are working to protect 30% of Earth’s land and water for nature by 2030. Scientists say that protecting 30% of Earth’s surface will help species and ecosystems recover from the stresses that are depleting them. It also will conserve valuable services that nature provides to humans, such as buffering coasts from storms and filtering drinking water. Protecting forests and grasslands can help slow climate change by promoting carbon storage in soil and plants.

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On the Media

ON THE MEDIA | A New Deal for Journalism

ON THE MEDIA | A New Deal for Journalism

The disruption of the media ecosystem and unfair competition driven in part by the move to a digital, mobile, and platform-dominated media environment jeopardizes the sustainability of journalism, which represents a major democratic danger.

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On Economic and Social Development

ON DEVELOPMENT | Soaring humanitarian costs in 2023, The New Humanitarian

ON DEVELOPMENT | Soaring humanitarian costs in 2023, The New Humanitarian

More hunger, more displacement, more people in crisis, and a soaring price tag: Humanitarian needs and costs will once again shatter records in 2023, but available funding – and the system itself – isn’t keeping pace.

Source: Soaring humanitarian costs in 2023: Key takeaways, The New Humanitarian, by Irwin Loy and Jessica Alexander, December 1, 2022

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ON DEVELOPMENT | Protecting 30% of Earth’s surface for nature means thinking about connections near and far, The Conversation

ON DEVELOPMENT | Protecting 30% of Earth’s surface for nature means thinking about connections near and far, The Conversation

Governments, scientists and conservation groups are working to protect 30% of Earth’s land and water for nature by 2030. Scientists say that protecting 30% of Earth’s surface will help species and ecosystems recover from the stresses that are depleting them. It also will conserve valuable services that nature provides to humans, such as buffering coasts from storms and filtering drinking water. Protecting forests and grasslands can help slow climate change by promoting carbon storage in soil and plants.

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On Migration

On Afghanistan

ON AFGHANISTAN | Regional Refugee Response Plan

ON AFGHANISTAN | Regional Refugee Response Plan

The humanitarian, economic, and human rights situation inside Afghanistan continues to deteriorate. Iran estimates that up to 1 million Afghans have arrived in the country since the start of 2021, although deportations have occurred on a large scale. In Pakistan, of the 250,000 new arrivals, approximately 216,000 have approached UNHCR. Conditions of refugees and other Afghans in [neighboring] countries have deteriorated, worsened by the economic situation across the region with lack of livelihoods opportunities and socio-economic perspectives.

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On Haiti

ON HAITI | Video: Stolen futures, Haiti’s gangs and its children

ON HAITI | Video: Stolen futures, Haiti’s gangs and its children

‘Most of our friends didn’t make it to their 18th birthdays.’

Many of these gang members are under 24. Some are children as young as 11.

With few work or educational opportunities, many gang members say they have turned to the armed groups as a way of earning quick cash or gaining power. Some even say they are doing what the government has failed to do – taking care of its population.

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US immigration facts

  • Facts on U.S. Immigrants, 2017: Statistical portrait of the foreign-born population in the United States (Pew Research Center)
  • The Facts on Immigration Today, 2017: US foreign-born population and its impact on the economy, current immigration policy, and voting power of new Americans (Center for American Progress)
  • Immigration Data Guide, 2018: links to the most credible, high-quality data on immigrants and immigration in the United States and internationally. (Migration Policy Institute)
  • Facts about Immigration – Learn about demographics, economics, laws, crime rates, citizenship requirements and factors that drive immigration (JustFacts)

Immigration information and research

Refugees in the US

  • Refugees in America – about refugee resettlement in the US (International Rescue Committee)

Perceptions and communications about immigrants and refugees in the US

Employment, the economy and US immigration

Immigration and refugee policy, undocumented immigrants, and DACA

Assimilation and acculturation of US immigrants

Faith and US immigrants

Women and Immigration

Politics and Immigration

Points-of-view on US Immigration

Other websites with immigrant stories

  • We Are America Project – high school students define via video what they think it means to be American;
  • USAHello-Voices – immigrant and refugee stories of integration and overcoming resettlement obstacles
  • I Am An Immigrant – stories demonstrating how immigration benefits our communities, economy, and country
  • Newest Americans – a glimpse into the world of the newest Americans and a vision of our demographic future (Rutgers University-Newark, VII Photo and Talking Eyes Media)

Resources and Information for Immigrants and Refugees

  • USAHello – the resources and information newcomers need to build successful lives for themselves and their families in the US