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World Migration Report 2015: Migrants and Cities

World Migration Report 2015: Migrants and Cities: “We live in a world which is becoming increasingly urban. Over 54 per cent of people across the globe were living in urban areas in 2014. The current urban population of 3.9 billion is expected to grow to some 6.4 billion by 2050. Migration is driving much of the increase in urbanization, making cities much more diverse places in which to live.  The fast rate of urbanization, and rising migration to cities, brings with it both risks and opportunities for migrants, communities and governments concerned. World Migration Report 2015: Migrants and Cities explores how migration and migrants are shaping cities, and how the life of migrants, in turn, is shaped by cities, their people, organizations and rules. The Report contributes to the global debate on migration and urbanization in three ways. First, it documents how migration is shaping cities and the situation of migrants in cities. Much of the current discussion about migration trends and migration policy tends to focus on the national level. Taking the migration enquiry to the city level increases our understanding of the local political economies of migration and the close connection between migration and urban development. Second, the report draws attention to the livelihood of migrants in the cities of the Global South. The existing discussions on migrants and cities are inclined to concentrate primarily on the Global North and the integration of international migrants. Third, the report examines both internal and international migration with cities across the development spectrum having to manage growing mobile and diverse populations. The first two chapters of the report set out the main trends in cities and migration, examine the various urban settings which have experienced recent growth of internal or international or even both types of migration flows, highlighting the diversifying migration flows. Chapter 3 looks at aspects of urban vulnerabilities in general – livelihood and mobility strategies, barriers to accessing resources and specific forms of vulnerabilities, as they affect the populations most at risk including migrant women. Chapter 4 explores how urbanization and new mobility patterns can contribute to urban poverty reduction, growth and development and enhance migrant well-being. Chapter 5 studies some of the urban governance conditions for migrant inclusion and partnerships. The final part draws conclusions and makes recommendations for future initiatives to develop migrant-inclusive urban governance, with reference to the inclusion of migration in the post-2015 global sustainable development framework.”

CRS Report – Veterans and Homelessness

Veterans and Homelessness, Libby Perl, Specialist in Housing Policy. November 6, 2015. “The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan brought renewed attention to the needs of veterans, including the needs of homeless veterans. Researchers have found both male and female veterans to be over represented in the homeless population, and, as the number of veterans increasedContinue Reading

ECB publishes new statistical report on Household Sector

“The European Central Bank (ECB) is today publishing a new quarterly Household Sector Report. The statistical compilation focuses on the household sector in the euro area as a whole and in each of the 19 euro area countries. It shows the private households’ economic and financial behaviour, from the point when income is generated, throughContinue Reading

As American homes get bigger, energy efficiency gains are wiped out

Pew FactTank: “U.S. homes have become considerably more energy-efficient over the past four decades, according to government data. But homes also are a lot bigger than they used to be, and their growing girth wipes out nearly all the efficiency gains. According to preliminary figures from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and RenewableContinue Reading

NY Fed Trends in Debt Concentration in US By Income

“Household debt in the United States expanded before the Great Recession, contracted afterward, and has been recovering since 2013. But how has the distribution of debt across different income groups evolved over time? Who has been driving the recovery of household debt over the past two years?  To date, there has been little work onContinue Reading

Economic Census Data on Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

“The 2012 Economic Census concludes the Geographic Area Series for the real estate and rental and leasing sector. This series includes statistics for real estate, rental and leasing services and lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets (except copyrighted works). The files provide statistics on the number of establishments, revenue, payroll, number of employees and other dataContinue Reading

Report – The Uneven Housing Recovery

Center for American Progress, Michela Zonta and Sarah Edelman | November 2, 2015: “The Great Recession, which began with the collapse of U.S. home prices in 2007, resulted in an enormous number of households with negative equity. Housing prices dropped nationally by 35 percent during the collapse. As home values fell, the mortgage debt obligations of millions of AmericanContinue Reading

Doing Business 2016

“Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 13th in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 189Continue Reading

Completion of 2012 Economic Census Subject Series: Construction

“The 2012 Economic Census construction release concludes with 10 summary series reports, which are part of the general summary. The general summary provides detailed statistics by sectors, subsectors, industries, the nation, regions and states including employment size and legal form of organization. The general summary also provides selected statistics for establishments by value of businessContinue Reading

Status of Federal Housing Assistance for Low-Income Households

Presentation by Elizabeth Cove Delisle, an analyst in CBO’s Budget Analysis Division, with Natalie Tawil, an analyst in CBO’s Microeconomic Studies Division, to the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities. In 2014, the federal government provided about $50 billion in housing assistance specifically designated for low-income households. This presentation describes the ways in which theContinue Reading

Understanding the mortgage process: Your home loan toolkit

CFPB – The Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule makes getting a mortgage easier for homebuyers and refinancers. It helps you shop for the loan that’s best for you and your family. To help you navigate the steps you have to take to get a mortgage, take a look at our new booklet, “YourContinue Reading

Projecting Trends in Severely Cost-Burdened Renters: 2015–2025

“The number of households spending more than 50 percent of their income on rent is expected to rise at least 11 percent from 11.8 million to 13.1 million by 2025, according to new research by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) and Enterprise Community Partners Inc (Enterprise). Released [September 21, 2015], Projecting TrendsContinue Reading