Between 1990 to 2015, nearly half of all migrants worldwide went back to their country of birth, whether by choice or by force.
Deportees and other migrants return home wealthier, more educated and with more work experience than people who never left. This 'brain gain' benefits the whole community, financially and politically.
Aerial view of Port Louis, Mauritius.
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A significant change in political mentality is required to shore up one of Africa's leading lights.
Mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu of the main opposition Republican People’s Party, on June 27, several days after his election.
Turkey's authoritarian leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was handed a big defeat recently when his party's candidate lost a crucial election contest. Is this the beginning of Erdogan's demise?
The referendum was an exercise in ends, not means. But the way Britain deals with the result is crucial.
The Supreme Court is on summer vacation, but because of John Roberts, they may have to come back.
AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Conflict made its way to the Supreme Court this past session with two cases – one about the census, the other about gerrymandering. A court scholar says the two cases are intimately connected.
In 2018 Ireland voted to repeal the eighth amendment of its constitution and legalise abortion, following proposals from a citizen’s assembly.
It worked in Ireland – now Nicola Sturgeon is asking selected citizens to examine the big constitutional issues facing the country.
Two Australian Federal Police officers walking out of the ABC Ultimo building after conducting a raid.
Labor is proposing establishing a new parliamentary committee to look into press freedom; one that will deal with whistle blowers and have crossbench representation.
Sudanese protesters at a sit-in, in Khartoum, Sudan on June 20, 2019. A government-imposed internet blackout has restricted information flow out of the country.
Hussein Malla/AP Photo
A government-imposed internet blackout in Sudan is the latest in a series of internet shutdowns as a means to quell dissent.
Deepfakes make it harder for us to communicate truths to one another and reach consensus on what is real.
We know that social media platforms have an incentive to promote whatever gets the most attention, regardless of its authenticity. We're more reluctant to admit that the same is true of people.
Ten of the 2020 Democratic candidates.
The more candidates that there are, the likelier it is that voters cannot come to a consensus on the best candidate.
It is entirely unprecedented to have a sitting head of government admitting to ongoing genocide. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during ceremonies at the release of the MMIWG report in Gatineau, on June 3.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Political scientists concern themselves with ideas of democracy. Now that Canada's PM has accepted the finding of genocide, this changes how and what political scientists need to discuss.
Millions of people in Hong Kong have come out to stop a proposed law that would have allowed China to try accused criminals, including political dissidents, in Chinese courts.
A controversial extradition law has been suspended in Hong Kong after more than a week of mass public resistance. Hong Kong's legal system is one of its few remaining areas of autonomy from China.
The 2019 European Parliament elections were well defended against outside interference.
AP Photo/Olivier Matthys
Though the effects were less this time, voters across the globe should remain vigilant against disinformation campaigns and election system hacking.
U.S. President Donald Trump.
Those who want President Trump out of office should forget about the 25th Amendment; it won’t work as they hope or believe. The amendment is a complex law that – by design – is very hard to use.
Australian federal police entering the Australian Broadcast Company headquarters on June 5, 2019.
A.B.C. screenshot from videotape
An American media scholar studying in Australia looks at the protections offered by the two countries for investigative reporting, raising crucial questions about journalism's role in democracy.
An exterior view of the Indonesian Constitusional Court building in Jakarta.
Providing the first empirical analysis of the court's performance in high-profile cases between 2004 and 2016, our research indicates that its independence from the government remains intact.
Wes Mountain/The Conversation
This week's raids on media show our democracy at its darkest.
The participants in the West Balkans conference pose for the group photo at the chancellery in Berlin on April 29, 2019.
Michael Sohn / POOL / AFP
What can be the road ahead for Kosovo and Serbia under the EU patronage?
On Wednesday, the AFP raided the ABCs Sydney headquarters in relation to the 2017 “Afghan files” report.
This week's raids on journalists and media outlets show not just the risk to those doing work in the public interest, but the potentially chilling effect it will have on more such journalism being brought to light.
Edward Lekganyane, the election winner, enjoying life with his top lieutenants Ikabode Mothepe and Moses Mamabolo at Zion City Moriah.
Naledi ya Batswana
On June 1 1949, black South African church members voted to choose their leaders in an unusual poll.