Millions of people leave their home countries each year, fleeing conflict or violence, seeking better work opportunities, or simply to be closer to family. What proportion of those people are women? In many of the countries that are home to the largest migrant populations, a majority, in fact. While many women leave home for the same reasons as men (social instability or economic opportunity) gender-based violence or persecution often play a special role in women's decisions to pick up stakes and move. Here's a look at the gender breakdown of some of the world's largest migrant populations.
Reducing carbon emissions is good for the planet and good for your lungs, but there's one group of countries that might not be so keen on green: those that rely heavily on oil and gas exports to run their economies. As the rest of the world gets closer to "Net Zero" in the coming decades, these petrostates will be in big trouble unless they diversify their economies — fast. So, how vulnerable are the world's top oil and gas producers to a low-carbon future? We look at how the treasuries of the 20 most hydrocarbon-dependent nations will fare over the next two decades under what the Carbon Tracker Initiative refers to as a scenario in which global demand for oil and gas will be much lower than today.
The debate in the United States about whether to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour has ramped up again, as Democrats try to tack the measure onto the Biden administration's massive coronavirus relief package currently making its way through Congress. While most Democrats support the measure, it's still unclear whether they will have enough votes to pass the wage hike in the Senate, where some moderates may oppose it because of concerns about its effect on employers. So where does the current US minimum wage of $7.25 per hour fit in when measured against other advanced economies? We take a look at national minimum wages as a percent of the median wage around the world — that is, the mid-income level in a given country, which shines a light on the standard income of the middle-class.
Just about every sector of the global economy has felt the impact of the pandemic over the past year, but few have been hit as hard as the tourism trade, which has been brought nearly to a standstill amid quarantine restrictions, layoffs, border closures, and many people's reluctance to travel while the virus rages. Now, even as vaccine rollouts promise a light at the end of the tunnel, countries that rely on tourism to keep their economies afloat still face a long road to recovery. Here we take a look at which large economies rely most on tourism — and we measure the drop in international visitors who have visited them (or not) since the pandemic began.
As the COVID-19 scourge continues to plague the US, most Americans say they want the Biden administration and Congress to focus on tackling the public health and economic crises with the most urgency. But that's where the consensus ends. Deep political polarization, exacerbated by the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election and last month's US Capitol insurrection — has exposed, and perhaps deepened, splits on issues like race relations, poverty, climate change, and the federal deficit. We take a look at the public policy priorities that both Democratic and Republican voters agree on, as well as those where they find little common ground.
The recent coup in Myanmar has ended — at least for now — the country's brief experiment with democracy. But the power grab, in which civilian leader and Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was deposed, comes as coup attempts around the globe in recent decades have become both less common and less successful. That's partly because the end of the Cold War diminished outside superpowers' interest in backing the overthrow of elected governments they didn't like. Here's a look at the historical record.
Corruption has made the pandemic worse. That's the message from Transparency International's new corruption perceptions report for 2020, which notes that from inflating the cost of medical supplies to taking bribes to get tests, graft was directly responsible for countless deaths because it diverted funds from the health care needs of populations to the personal needs of corrupt officials. So, where was corruption worst in 2020, and which countries made the most and least progress on fighting graft? We take a look.
Even as vaccines roll out around the world, COVID-19 is continuing to spread like wildfire in many places, dashing hopes of a return to normal life any time soon. Some countries, like Israel and the UK for instance, have been praised for their inoculation drives, while still recording a high number of new cases. It's clear that while inoculations are cause for hope, the pace of rollouts cannot keep up with the fast-moving virus. Here's a look at the countries that have vaccinated the largest percentages of their populations so far – and a snapshot of their daily COVID caseloads (7-day rolling average) in recent weeks.