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Demographic Change

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Demographic change has now become a major topic of public debate. Although it is largely discussed in the context of current economic and social problems, the true dislocations resulting from demographic shifts have in fact yet to take place. Conversely, before the coming shifts occur, society should take advantage of the demographic benefits that have resulted from the increased birth rates of the 1950s and 1960s. The consequences of a declining and aging population will only make themselves fully felt once the baby-boomer generation enters retirement. Currently, policymakers and other social leaders are still in confusion about how to react to the imminent developments, which means key questions have been left unanswered and potential responses largely ignored.


Gütersloh - 02/10/2012

Immigration can mitigate the impacts of demographic decline – but only greater urban areas have benefitted

Germany’s population is entering a period of natural decline; immigration is the key factor that could reverse this trend according to population forecasts. A current study by the Bertelsmann Foundation shows, however, that immigration’s mitigating impact on demographic decline has predominately benefitted greater urban areas.


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