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NPG’s Forum Series features original research and analysis on U.S. population issues and policy from some of the most prominent writers in the population field. This page features only our most recent Forum papers.

Chain Migration: How Immigration Begets More Immigration

Just over 1.05 million new legal permanent immigrants were admitted to the United States in 2015 – a slight increase of 34,000 over the prior year, according to figures recently released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).1 The total number of new immigrants admitted in the last decade is just over 12.8 million. Legal immigration’s contribution to the U.S. population in the last decade is roughly the equivalent of adding a[…]

Framework of the Future

Several years ago I gave a presentation called “Geo Destinies in the Coming Age of Geo Scarcity.” It was, of course, inspired by the seminal research and writing about depletion of the petroleum and minerals geologist Walter Youngquist. At the outset of my talk, I extolled his landmark 1997 book Geodestinies: The Inevitable Control of Earth Resources Over Nations and Individuals. […]

Growth of Foreign-Born Population Surges as U.S. Economy Recovers

Census projections proclaim that, with Americans’ fertility falling and deaths soon to begin rising, immigration – not natural increase – will become the principal driver of U.S. population growth as early as 2023 (Rubenstein, 2016).
A September 2014 Census projection estimated that, despite some slowing growth attributed to the 2008 recession and aftermath, […]

Crushing Biodiversity with the Weight of the Human Race

Some years ago, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras I was invited to help lead a fact-finding mission into the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve. The Río Plátano (Plantain River) flows through the green, humid heart of an isolated region called La Mosquitia – the largest remaining rainforest wilderness of this ecologically-stressed Central American nation[…]


  Your gift helps publish and distribute materials like this. Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version THE SINGULAR CENTURY There are major turning points in human history. Of special importance have been the transition from a hunter/gatherer existence to a settled agricultural economy, and the beginning of the Industrial Age which transition continues. […]

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