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Environment, migration and the European demographic deficit

Category: Journal Articles


Harper, S. (2012) Environment, migration and the European demographic deficit. IOP Publishing Ltd • Environmental Research Letters, Volume 7, Number 1

Many countries in the more developed world, and some in the less developed, are facing new economic and social pressures associated with the ageing of their populations. Europe, in particular, is forecast to have a demographic deficit, which may be alleviated by in-migration to the region. However, several commentators have proposed that Europe will not be able to successfully compete with other regions, in particular Asia, in the coming years for the skills it will require. This letter explores these themes, arguing that climate change will increase the attractiveness of Europe as a destination of economic choice for future skilled workers, to the detriment of more environmentally challenged regions.

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