Which countries have visa-free access to more countries than others?
Ranked at the top with 173 visa-free countries (out of a possible 218) are Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom
, which all share the Schengen visa policy
; dead last is Afghanistan
, which only has visa-free access to 28 countries. (Not included in the list were places like Wonderland, Neverland, Hell, Utopia, the Unconscious, or Pangea
.) Regardless of nationality, though, it can still be devillishly difficult
to get visas for some countries. With the advent of RFID passports, some countries are doing away with visa labels
or passport stamps
, so collect as many as you can
and take a look at them
so you can figure out what they say about the issuing country
or even turn them into art
(or ad campaigns
posted by divabat
on Apr 25, 2014 -
"America is in the midst of two major changes to its population: We are becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. Explore these shifts in our new interactive data essay
posted by Chutzler
on Apr 13, 2014 -
In 2011, Alabama passed perhaps the country's toughest
immigration law, seeking to push undocumented immigrants out (previously)
. In October 2013, the state agreed to permanently block
major portions of the law in response to lawsuits. Two years on, popular opinion and political momentum have largely turned against
the law, and the immigrants are mostly still there.
posted by Chrysostom
on Dec 19, 2013 -
Channel C WISC
is a YouTube channel where UW-Madison undergrads from China talk about the experience of being Chinese at a big public American university, with the aim of both helping newly arrived international students understand what's going on around them, and helping American students have some sense of what's going on with their Chinese classmates. Videos include "Why Chinese Students Don't Party,"
, "Chinese Names,"
, "Pretty Chinese Women"
, "Who are the Chinese Second Generation Rich?"
, "Why Chinese Students Don't Speak English,"
and many more.
posted by escabeche
on Nov 1, 2013 -
Australia in 2013. We have forgotten our origins and our good fortune, we are blind to our own selfishness. In place of memory we cling to a national myth of a generous, welcoming country, a land of new arrivals where everyone gets a fair go; a myth in which vanity fills the emptiness where the truth was forgotten.
-- Julian Burnside writes
on refugee policy and alienation in Australia [more inside]
posted by deadwax
on Sep 18, 2013 -
Fifty years ago, another bus-centric race dispute took place
. Despite "Just 12 miles away in Bath, black crews were working on buses. London Transport recruitment officers had travelled to Barbados specifically to invite workers to come to the capital" ...non-whites found it impossible to obtain employment working on buses in Bristol, England. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Aug 27, 2013 -
"Spot checks and being demanded to show your papers by officialdom are not the British way of doing things. Yes, of course we want to deal with illegal immigration, but what's the point of rounding people up at railway stations if at the same time they're still flooding in through Dover and the other nearly hundred ports in this country.
I'm astonished that the Home Office has become so politicised that they're actually advertising 'another 10 arrested'. Before long they'll be live video-streaming these arrests. I don't like it. It really is not the way we've ever behaved or operated as a country. We don't have ID cards; we should not be stopped by officialdom and have to prove who we are." -- Even UKIP leader Nigel Farage thinks the home office goes too far
with its politically motivated immigration raids at railway stations.
posted by MartinWisse
on Aug 12, 2013 -
Creating a military-industrial-immigration complex.
In a world where basic services are being cut, an emerging policing apparatus in the borderlands is flourishing.
Since September 11, 2001, the United States has spent $791 billion on “homeland security” alone, an inflation-adjusted $300 billion more than the cost of the entire New Deal.
posted by adamvasco
on Jul 12, 2013 -
has resigned from the Heritage Foundation. Richwine is the author of a the Heritage report, "The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer." In 2009, Richwine earned his doctorate from Harvard University, and his dissertation was titled "IQ and Immigration Policy", which argued that Hispanic immigrants have lower IQ than white native immigrants. [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest
on May 14, 2013 -
I have found the spoken word poetry of Denice Frohman. I bring her to you. She's from NYC and works in Philadelphia.
The first performance I stumbled on was Dear Straight People
from her preliminary performance at Women of the World Poetry Slam 2013. Weapons
, also from this year's Women of the World. She won the championship. This is the finals
. The editing is terrible, but she comes on at 7:16. And the other ladies are also awesome. [more inside]
posted by bilabial
on Apr 4, 2013 -
illustrates the migration flow in and out of the countries of the world. Click on a country's name on the left to see its emigrants stream to countries on the right; click on a country on the right to see where its immigrants come from. Click in between the country lists to see information on top migration origins and destinations, and the largest migration corridors.
posted by ocherdraco
on Jan 25, 2013 -
The 4th Estate corrects its numbers -
"That journalism struggles with racial diversity is old news, but a study released on Thursday by The 4th Estate tried to quantify the magnitude of the problem. The organization released an infographic showing that, among the 38 most influential newspapers in the country, 93 percent of front-page articles about the 2012 election were written by white reporters. The infographic received a host of coverage." [more inside]
posted by marienbad
on Oct 29, 2012 -
"I don't see anything anti-American about not wanting to become an American citizen; it's similar to the fact that I don't know how to swim. I'm not anti-water; it just never mattered that much to me and my life is fine without it." Why I'm Still Not An American
, an essay from a British green-card-holder with complex roots and complex feelings.
posted by Phire
on Sep 17, 2012 -
The website of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies
is full of information about Irish migration to Latin America. It's divided into four sections: The Homeland
, about the origins of the settlers
; The Journey
, about how the Irish settlers traveled to Latin America, including the infamous Dresden affair
; The Settlement
, about the lives of the Irish in Latin America;
Faces and Places
, which has biographies of a wide variety of people, Mateo Banks
, family murderer, Camila O'Gorman
, executed lover of a priest, William Lamport
, 17th Century revolutionary and Bernardo O'Higgins
, Chilean independence leader, who gets a whole subsection to himself. There is also a list of Irish placenames
and much else of interest to history nerds.
posted by Kattullus
on May 14, 2012 -
On Tiger Moms
: "What the controversy surrounding Chua demonstrates, however inadvertently, is that parenting techniques are always grounded in basic assumptions about the way things are and what matters to us. And they are always guided by some answer to the most fundamental of ethical questions—how to live?" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on May 7, 2012 -