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Current topic: The sustainable development rating of Russia’s cities: what’s new?

  • Why ask about sustainable development

  • How the rating was calculated

  • Cities of Western Siberia: leaders and outsiders

  • What affects the position of cities in the rating

  • Cities require harmonious development

  • What changed in the years 2012-2014

  • Possible uses of the rating’s results

  • Links to related topics

  • Topics of previous issues

Russian demographic barometer

  • Russia: preliminary demographic results of 2015 (Part 1)

  • Russia’s population is increasing for the seventh consecutive year; in 2015 it grew by 0.2%, coming to 146.5 million people as of January 1, 2016

  • In 2015, natural increase remained as small as in 2014; population growth still comes mainly from migration

  • In 2015 the number of births decreased by 0.2%

  • The number of registered marriages and divorces also decreased

Through the eyes of the analysts

  • Domestic and foreign experience in the study of cities losing population: themes, methods and research centers

  • Current trends within US urban agglomerations

  • Moscow: capital, global city, agglomeration

  • Major cities in Central Asia: between demography and politics

Q&A

  • International Women’s Day and gender equality

  • “Today women match up to us in everything…”

  • Church and State

  • The labor market and unemployment: assessments and forecasts

In the vastness of Russia

  • In 2015 Russians were born and died less often

  • Skvortsova tells Putin about the increase in life expectancy in Russia

  • In Russia over the last 10 years life expectancy has increased by 5 years

  • Will life expectancy in Russia reach 73 years by 2018?

  • Fertility decreased by 4.8% in January 2016

  • Fertility in Moscow increased by 3% in 2015

  • In 2015 most Muscovites became parents at the age of 30-34

  • Russia moves up to second place in the world in the number of divorces

  • Raising the retirement age in Russia will take at least 10 years

  • Russian students do not know the retirement age in Russia

  • Trade union leader proposes leaving 20% of Russians without a pension

  • Russians may be required to participate in the accumulation of pensions

  • The number of Russians with incomes below the subsistence level has reached 19 million

  • Moscow, the Moscow region and St. Petersburg are in the lead in quality of life in the country

  • Ministry of Labor proposes to increase unemployment benefits by 70%

  • Can Russia expect a flow of migrants from Europe?

  • A bill on the confirmation of migrants’ mental health has been introduced in State Duma

  • The sale alcohol near social establishments will increase consumption

  • One in seven Russians drink surrogate alcohol

  • Ministry of Interior notes growing number of “drunken” crimes in 2015

  • Medvedev urges against reaching the point of absurdity in the fight against alcoholism

  • Jewish Autonomous District holds second place in Russia in the level of mortality from tuberculosis

  • Is the reduction in the number of people with disabilities in Russia due to mortality?

  • The number of women losing their lives in the workplace has decreased by 20%

  • This winter saw the highest death rate from the flu in the last three years

  • Russia has become the leader among European countries in prison deaths

  • Dr. Roshal invites head of Ministry of Finance to have a check-up in a polyclinic

  • Oncology Center on Kashirka receives only one-third of required funding

  • Court recognizes right of Russians not to have a last name

Eurasian panorama

  • Population of Moldova is continuously getting older

  • More than half a million children born in Belarus over last five years

  • In Kirgizia one in six marriages falls apart

  • In Belarus, 871 men for every 1000 women

  • Human development index of Belarusian women is higher than for men

  • CIS countries will pursue a coordinated social and demographic policy

  • World Bank insists on raising the retirement age in Ukraine

  • Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine is against raising the retirement age

  • Will those born in Moldova after 1970 not be able to count on a pension?

  • The wage gap between men and women in Belarus is shrinking

  • Are Belarusian moms bored at home on maternity leave?

  • In Azerbaijan it’s more profitable to die than to be born

  • UNDP advocates for targeted support to vulnerable sections of the population of Belarus

  • World Bank launches project to develop higher education in Tajikistan

  • In Georgia, a move to put into law that

  • marriage is a union between a man and a woman

  • Kazakhstan intends to tighten requirements for adoptive parents

  • Every woman in Turkmenistan will receive 40 manats for March 8th holiday

  • Women in Kazakhstan are more often employed in skilled labor than men

  • European Commission presents draft document on the introduction of visa-free regime for citizens of Georgia

  • Proposal to test foreigners seeking citizenship of Kirgizia on knowledge of the state language

  • Obtaining a residence permit in Russia may be made easier for refugees from Ukraine

  • EU and MOM helping Georgia deal with migration issues

  • Most building sites in Turkmen capital stand idle without workers

  • Incidence of tuberculosis in Kazakhstan has decreased by almost 12%

  • US authorities to help Tajikistan develop new plan to fight tuberculosis

  • Japan will provide Uzbekistan $566,000 in grants

  • In 2016 Ukraine needs to introduce medical insurance for all citizens

  • Victims of violence in Azerbaijan do not seek “protection orders”

  • In Tajikistan Human Rights website begins working

  • About 43% of population of Tajikistan live without access to clean drinking water

World news

  • Japan records first ever decline in population

  • Shanghai’s population declined for first time in 100 years

  • Life expectancy of Beijing resident is close to 82 years

  • Men with an educated wife live longer

  • Fertility in Norway is lowest in 35 years

  • Aging of the population is the central problem of the German economy

  • Chinese authorities plan to raise retirement age

  • The number of working-age residents in Latvia in 2030 may decrease by 20%

  • Will more than 500,000 people really die from hunger by 2050?

  • London and New York have the largest numbers of rich residents

  • The best work conditions for women are in Northern Europe

  • The introduction of a visa-free regime between the EU and Turkey will take place before the end of June

  • Backing out of Schengen agreement could cost Finland a billion euros

  • Belgium introduces border control on French border

  • Baltic countries have started to build fences at the borders

  • UN calls cruel attempts of countries to wall themselves off from migrants

  • In 2015 1.25 million persons asked for asylum in the EU

  • Over 100,000 refugees have arrived in Europe since the beginning of 2016

  • The main route for refugees is closed

  • European Commission proposes instrument for rapid response to migration crisis

  • Merkel calls immigration crisis biggest challenge during her stay in power

  • Bundestag votes in favor of stricter immigration legislation

  • Interior Ministers of Germany and Italy propose new immigration policy

  • Germany plans to conclude agreements with 16 countries on return of migrants

  • About 77% of migrants arrive in Germany without documents

  • Germany expecting arrival of 3.6 million refugees by 2020

  • In Germany 130,000 migrants have “been lost”

  • Norway to accept 3,000 Syrian refugees

  • Hungary to hold referendum on issue of quotas for receiving migrants

  • Switzerland will introduce an annual limit on immigrants

  • Swiss protest against deportation of foreigners breaking the law

  • Clinton promises to support migrants working in the US

  • In the US, a sharp reduction in the number of abortion clinics

  • The number of abortions in Israel has shrunk to a minimum

  • Polish women have demanded legal abortions

  • Italy increases fine for illegal abortion 200-fold

  • Proposal in Sweden to legalize “male abortion”

  • Anorexia is the mortality leader among mental disorders

  • Italian Senate endorses bill on same-sex marriage

The newspapers write about…

  • “Nezavisimaya gazeta” on the social problems of Russia

  • “Russkaya sluzhba BBC” on “downward adjustment” and the degradation of the population

  • “Polit.ru” on the problems of medical and social expertise

  • “Kommersant” on new criteria for the recognition of disability

  • “Kommersant” on “non-Moscow” orphans

  • “Kommersant” on the middle class

  • “Novye Izvestiya” on unemployment benefits

  • “Novosti Belarusi” on unemployment in Belarus

  • “Forbes” on the demographic future of Russia

  • “Polit.ru” on life expectancy in Russia

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on gender disparities

  • “Moskovskiy Komsomolets” on corruption in autopsies

  • “Kommersat Dengi” on surrogate alcohol

  • “Ruskaya planeta” on migration and the EU economy

  • “Russkaya Germaniya” on refugees in Germany

  • “Slate.fr” on refugees outside of Europe

  • “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” on the problem of refugees in Russia

  • “Novye Izvestiya” on the expulsion of Syrian refugees from Russia

  • “Argumenty i fakty Ukraina” on emigration from Ukraine

  • “Ekho Moskvy” and “Novaya gazeta” on the “sausage ban” in Germany

  • “Ogonyok” on the children of migrants in Russia

  • “Slon.ru” on those who believe in the American dream

  • “Atlantico” on racism in France

  • “Kommersant” and “rus2web.ru” on nannies

  • “Kommersant” on the “inflated” number of victims of Stalinist repression

  • “KAVPOLIT” on the anniversary of the deportation of the Balkars

  • “Vedomosti” on attracting Caucasians to the Far East

  • “Polit.ru” on “free hectare” of land in the Far East and the effectiveness of resettlement policy

  • “RBK” on state support for an “elastic Moscow”

  • “The Independent” on contemporary goals of feminism

  • “The Village” on the “sandwich syndrome”

  • “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” on the census in the United States

Read books and magazines

  • Sustainable development rating of Russian cities 2014

  • City Fact Sheets

  • Human Development report in the Russian Federation for 2015

  • Switzerland. Health Systems in Transition

  • Natural movement of the population of the Republic of Moldova in 2014

  • Through the pages of the journals “Demograficheskoye obozrenie” (“Demographic Review”) and “Profilakticheskaya meditsina” (“Preventive Medicine”)

  • Contents of the journal “Population & Societes”

Demographic digest

  • Why do intimate partners live apart? Evidence on LAT relationships across Europe

  • Changing Determinants of Low Fertility and Diffusion: a Spatial Analysis for Italy

  • Guys, it's time to stop using 'statistical significance' as the mark of important research. P-values don't mean what you think they mean.

Profession: researcher

  • 150 years since the birth of George Chandler Whipple

  • Frans Willekens turns 70

Satirical article

  • An impersonal briefing

 
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