WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- International migration from sub-Saharan African countries to Europe and the U.S. has grown over the past decade. Many who live in sub-Saharan Africa say they would move to another country if they could.
Nearly 13 million Syrians are displaced after seven years of conflict in their country a total that amounts to about six-in-ten of Syrias pre-conflict population, according to Pew Research Center estimates. No nation in recent decades has had such a
The resettlement of refugees in the U.S. has been fairly consistent across the country since 2002, with no state resettling a majority of them. In fiscal year 2017, no state resettled more than 10% of the 53,716 refugees the nation admitted that year
Nearly 364,000 foreign students with F-1 visas were newly enrolled at a U.S. college or university in 2016, double the number at the outset of the Great Recession, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcemen
Last Thursday, after grocery shopping with a lighter heart since Things Are Back To Normal, I was steering my Prius back home, barely grimacing at That Horrid Taco's Sign. It was so cold, but at least it was sunny, and I had a car full of groceries,
Loss is a landscape I am forced to navigate every day.Loved spaces once shared are now places where pain lives. To occupy those spaces is to encounter the piercing realty of just how much I've lost. And since this reality encompasses most of the spac
It's been so very long since I wrote anything that I'm just going to open up my head and see what falls out. I'm worried, actually, that there's Nothing In There, just my bleached skull and a powdery residue from what used to be my brain. Oh, October
More than 40 million blacks live in the United States, making up around 13% of the nations population. Here are five facts about the U.S. black population today, drawn from Pew Research Center studies in the last year.
It's been six months now, half a year since they told me I have pancreatic cancer. I've recovered from the huge Whipple Procedure surgery, made peace with the medications I need to take for the rest of life and am...It's been six months now, half a y
On Friday, in a couple of comments and even more emails, readers asked how I lost 40-odd pounds, what my weight loss plan was. It's been more than five years since I wrote about that so maybe it's time for...On Friday, in a couple of comments and eve
Did you know that the number one reason people 65 and older use social networking websites is to connect with family? I suppose I could have guessed that but since I don't participate in social networks beyond publishing Time Goes...Did you know that
Yikes! Almost two weeks since my last post. Lots of excuses, but let's leave them be and jump right in with something that makes it easy to Get Back At It (the It being writing a blogpost).Quicky Monday Meme: Love/Hate Relationships1. What song/kind
High intermarriage rates and declining immigration are changing how some Americans with Hispanic ancestry see their identity. Most U.S. adults with Hispanic ancestry self-identify as Hispanic, but 11%, or 5 million, do not.
Oslo on a rare sunny dayRick and I put off going to Scandinavia for many years because it was crazily expensive. We decided that, since at our stage of life we dont have too many trips left, it was probably now or never for Scandinavia. And we are so
Ethiopia has 36 million Orthodox Christians, the worlds second-largest Orthodox population after Russia. By many measures, Orthodox Ethiopians have much higher levels of religious commitment than do Orthodox Christians in the faiths heartland of Cent
The U.S. has more foreign students enrolled in its colleges and universities than any other country in the world. Much of the growth in foreign students has happened since the start of the Great Recession.
This Fall we attended the funerals of two more friends, whose company we had enjoyed for over four decades. Their services were packed, and many of the same people attended both, since we had all been in the same circle since the 60s.When we arrived
Along with shoes, cows, and books, I've been sort of obsessed with Names since I was a child. I've written about Names quite a bit here at the Dept., and I've mentioned more than once how I feel disappointed with my own. My given Name, Nancy, has nev
The interactive chart below illustrates the shift in the American publics political values over the past two decades, using a scale of 10 questions asked together on seven Pew Research Center surveys since 1994.
Overall, 36% of Americans get science news at least a few times a week and three-in-ten actively seek it. Most get science news from general news outlets, but more see specialty sources as being accurate.
Today, 67% of U.S. adults get at least some news on social media. Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat serve as sources of news for more of their users, though Facebook still leads as a source of news for Americans.