A voter exiting a polling booth during Romanian parliamentary elections in 2016. Photo: EPA/Bogdan Cristel Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday promulgated a new law making it easier to vote abroad, saying it would give “Romanians abroad the right to vote and not wait for hours in queues and fearing that they will not be able to vote before the ballot boxes close”. The problems facing voters in the diaspora are a major political issue in Romania. According to a July 17 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD, the Romanian diaspora is the fifth largest in the world, with 3.6 million Romanians living outside the country and about 19.5 million living in it. But the report noted that about a quarter of all Romanians still in Romania have expressed a desire to go abroad as well, if they have the opportunity – one of the highest percentages in the region. Iohannis said new law would allow early voting and voting by correspondence, … [Read more...] about Romania Extends Voting Rights for Citizens Living Abroad
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 12 By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend: In 2018, as many as 4,000 Azerbaijanis lived in the Turkish resort province of Antalya, Trend reports with reference to Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK). Apart from Azerbaijani citizens, 5,700 citizens of Kazakhstan, 5,600 citizens of Kyrgyzstan, 2,100 citizens of Turkmenistan and 2,100 citizens of Uzbekistan lived in Antalya in 2018, according to the report. In general, over 75,000 foreigners lived in the province, and the first place belongs to Russian citizens with the total number of 11,000 people. According to statistical data, in 2018, the population of Antalya province amounted to 2.426 million people, 50.37 percent of whom are men and 49.63 percent are women. --- Follow the author on Twitter: @rhafizoglu Follow Trend on Telegram. Only most interesting and important news … [Read more...] about How many Azerbaijani citizens live in Turkey’s Antalya?
Guam has the highest number of Compact of Free Association (COFA) migrants in 2018, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau surveyed Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa to gather data for the “2018 Estimates of Compact of Free Association (COFA) Migrants.” Under the provisions of the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003, the U.S. Department of the Interior inked an agreement with the census bureau to produce estimates of COFA migrants for 2018. According to the DOI, the data results will be used as a basis for allocating Compact Impact funds for a range of socio-economic programs to offset the impact of migration to Guam and other jurisdictions. About 93 percent of all COFA migrants in 2018 resided in Guam or Hawaii, according to the census bureau. Guam had the highest number of COFA migrants with Hawaii having the next highest at 18,874 and 16,680, respectively. In total, around … [Read more...] about Census report: More COFA citizens live in Guam
Scots living abroad could have difficulty in bringing family members with them if they choose to return to Scotland after Brexit , according to the Scottish Government . UK Government proposals published earlier this month outlined that UK nationals will be able to return to the country with their children and other close family members under existing rules until March 29 2022. After that date, the UK Government says that family members will be able to return to the UK by applying through applicable UK Immigration Rules . However, concerns have been raised over a planned skills-based immigration system, announced in December last year, which is designed to replace freedom of movement. As part of proposals, a threshold of £30,000 would be set for skilled workers, a scheme which the UK Government claims will "favour experience and talent over nationality". There have been calls for the threshold to be lowered in order to come into line with the average annual … [Read more...] about Scots living abroad could have problems bringing family back after Brexit
Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan will be answering questions from citizens live on his Facebook page today. Earlier, he had posted a status urging citizens to ask him questions in the comments section. “Dear compatriots, I will answer your questions live on my Facebook page on Friday at 8 p.m. As in the past, I’ll answer the questions with the most Likes. I understand that this is not appropriate, but I still don’t have another option to choose from the hundreds and sometimes even thousands of questions. Please, write your questions in the comments section or Like the questions you like the most. Thank you. We meet on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. I wish you the best,” wrote Pashinyan. Armenia News - NEWS.am ! This text available in Հայերեն and Русский Print … [Read more...] about Armenia PM answering citizens’ questions on Facebook (live)