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40: "Saudization," a long-running Saudi government program designed to draw more Saudis, particularly young people, into the private sector workplace requires that companies covered by its rules ensure that 70 percent of their employees are Saudi nationals. It hasn't worked. Foreign workers occupy 90 percent of all private sector jobs, half the Saudi population is under 25, and youth unemployment stands at 40 percent.

70: Net migration by EU nationals to the UK (arrivals – departures) has fallen by 70 percent since Britons voted in 2016 to leave the EU, according to a new report from the UK Office of National Statistics.

3: Italy's intelligence agency warned this week that attacks on migrants and minorities could rise ahead of elections for the European Parliament in May. Racially motivated attacks in Italy tripled between 2017 and 2018.

92,000: The entry fee to become a candidate in Ukraine's presidential election is $92,000. So there's good reason to wonder whether one candidate, a man called Yuriy Volodymyrovich Tymoshenko, had help paying the fee from someone hoping he'll steal support from confused voters who prefer one of the current frontrunners, former Prime Minister Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko. Yuriy has a family income of $10,000.


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