19 Дек, 2021

International migration as of 2020

In 2020, the number of people living outside the countries of their birth has reached 281 million. Such data are presented in a new report by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

As of mid-2020, the largest number of migrants lived in the United States: more than 50 million people. Germany, following the United States, has a much more modest result: 15.8 million. 13.5 million people came to Saudi Arabia, Russia was in 4th place: +11.6 million, and Great Britain closes the top five with a result of 9.4 million.

Most people left India (17.9 million), Mexico (11.2), Russia (10.8), China (10.5) and Syria (8.5)

 

<<< News Feed December 19, 2021 >>>

 

The Latvian parliament in the first reading supported the amendments that abolish the issuance of a temporary residence permit for the purchase of real estate, interest-free government securities or for contributions to the obligations of a credit institution.

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The Polish Sejm overturned a Senate veto on a controversial bill to restrict foreign capital in the media. The document is viewed as directed against the American Discovery: it owns a large opposition channel TVN. The final decision on the law will be made by the President.

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The Czech President appointed a new government. It is chaired by Petr Fiala from the Civil Democratic Party. In addition to him, there are 18 ministers in the government — three more than in the previous cabinet.
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The EU can reform the Schengen area taking into account the experience of the pandemic and the migration crisis. The changes will affect, first of all, how the external and internal borders will work in the conditions of unforeseen situations.

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Wood-burning stoves in cities emit more carcinogens than cars. This conclusion was made by Greek scientists who studied air samples in Athens for a year.

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The Parliament of Bulgaria has introduced a three-month moratorium on the cost of electricity, steam heating and water. Prices will remain at the level of December 16, 2021. This measure will automatically cancel the planned New Year’s increase in electricity and steam heating prices.

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The favorite New Year song of British dogs was Last Christmas. The second most popular song was Jingle Bells, and the third — All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey.

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The Norwegian country’s data protection agency has concluded that the Grindr app discloses personal information about users to third-party companies who have used it for marketing purposes. In particular, we are talking about location, age, gender, IP-address and advertising phone number ID. Now the violating company will have to pay a fine of 65 million Norwegian kroner (about 6.4 million euros).

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The Pentagon has underestimated the number of civilians killed in airstrikes in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, the NYT claims, citing more than 1,000 US Department of Defense documents studied by the newspaper. the command was responsible for the checks, which gave the go-ahead for the strike.

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Switzerland extradited Russian businessman Vladislav Klyushin to the United States. Entrepreneur accused of insider trading

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Russia sent humanitarian aid to Afghanistan (30 tons of cargo), and on the return flight took out 200 citizens of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan

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Researchers from the Meta AI division have presented a tool that uses AI to animate children’s drawings with «humanoid» figures — head, arms and legs. Meta hopes that by training artificial intelligence to recognize children’s drawings, they will move closer to creating an AI that understands the world from a human point of view.

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The American company SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 launch vehicle with 52 Starlink satellites. The launch took place from the site at Vandenberg Air Force Base (in the state of California). The company later confirmed that all 52 satellites had successfully entered orbit.

The company made the last launch of a batch of 48 Starlink vehicles in early December from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral (Florida).

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a law simplifying the acquisition of Ukrainian citizenship by Russians persecuted for political reasons. In addition, the law simplifies the acquisition of citizenship for foreign citizens who participated in the military operation in Donbass.

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Researchers at Toyota have announced the creation of an insect-like flying machine that uses a radio frequency receiver instead of a built-in battery. Basically, the mechanism consists of two elements: a piezoelectric actuator and a 5 GHz dipole antenna.

The key discovery was the ability of the sub-gram circuit to receive and process power in excess of 1 W at a radio frequency wavelength. This suggests that not only flying robots, but also other small gadgets that require high power, will be able to work without batteries.

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Russian «Pantsir-S» short-range air defense systems shot down more than 40 Turkish Bayraktar and Anka drones during the hostilities in Syria and Libya, according to a report on the Russia-1 TV channel.

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In Singapore, they created a window covering that automatically regulates light transmission and maintains the temperature in rooms. The coating can be applied to any plexiglass — it works without power supply and computer control.

Scientists call their development the first of its kind. Known window tinting materials effectively suppress sunlight and thus cool the air. But glasses with nanoparticles do not just protect from radiation — they automatically react to changes in temperature and, thus, preserve the microclimate in the room. The characteristics of the microclimate that will be maintained by «smart glasses» are set during their production

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