Germany Likely To Increase Deportations, Tighten Borders
According to the German government, the number of immigrants entering Germany—including from European Union member states—reached a 22-year high of 1.46 million in 2014 and is the most received by any European nation.
The sheer volume of asylum seekers and recent reports of Arab men attacking women on New Year’s Eve is likely to result in German Chancellor Angela Merkel moving to increase the number of deportations and to take efforts to tighten the border.
On Thursday, Merkel said Germany must examine whether it has done enough to deport foreigners who commit crimes, such as the 121 claims filed so far related to alleged sexual assaults committed by men described as being of Middle Eastern descent.
The German justice minister has said he would seek justice for the assaults, but many have been heavily critical of the slow response by authorities, according to Deutsche Welle.
In Mexico, Drug Violence Reduces Life Expectancy For Males
For decades, the life expectancy of men living in Mexico followed a positive trend driven by improved health care and greater economic prosperity, but in 2005 that trend began to reverse itself, says a new study from UCLA.
“In Mexico, diabetes mortality is quite high. But the change in life expectancy from diabetes was negligible. It shortened lifespan by months, whereas for homicide, it was [by] years,” said Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, assistant professor of public health at UCLA.
“The mortality rate for males ages 20-39 in Chihuahua in the period 2005-10 reached unprecedented levels,” the study noted. “It was about 3.1 times higher than the mortality rate of US troops in Iraq between March 2003 and November 2006.”
By 2010, two-thirds of Mexican states had lower life expectancies than they did in 2000, despite improvements in some health care programs.
Elections Could Bring Change To Latin America In 2016
Citizens in 11 nations on the American continent will head to the polls in 2016 and like those in the United States, they are none too pleased with their governments management of state affairs.
In most cases, write Caitlyn Davis and Harold Trinkunas of the Brookings Institute, it is likely that no matter where leaders fall on the political spectrum they will “punishment” from voters at the ballot box in 2016.
“Democratic governance is by and large consolidated in the region so constitutional processes such as elections offer the main vehicle for change. Elections also offer the possibility of bringing to power new political leaders who have the high political capital needed to implement reform,” they note.