The Humanitarian Information Unit at the US State Department has done it again--putting together a map that synthesizes a lot of information that most of us knew nothing about. This time it is about the estimated 10-15 million stateless people in the world (about as many people as live in the Los Angeles metropolitan area). These are people who are not recognized as being the citizen of any specific country. Pretty scary in a world of nation-states. The map is copied below, and some of the stats are tough to swallow:
* A new stateless child is born every 10 minutes
* Syria's nationality law does not allow women to confer citizenship on their children (what???)
This blog is intended to go along with Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues, by John R. Weeks, published by Cengage Learning. The latest edition is the 12th (it came out in 2015), but this blog is meant to complement any edition of the book by showing the way in which demographic issues are regularly in the news.
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