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March 18, 2005

Population and Economic in Merry Ole England

From the Independent:

A drastic slump in birth rates combined with an ageing population will undermine Europe's prosperity within the next 20 years unless life is made easier for parents and immigration is encouraged, according to a European Commission report.

The document published yesterday points to a demographic timebomb and a widening gap between the European Union and the United States, as European workers age and birth rates lag across the continent.

The document points out that the fertility rate in Europe is "insufficient to replace the population" and adds: "Never in history has there been economic growth without population growth."

More controversially, the green paper also concludes that "ever larger migrant flows may be needed to meet the need for labour and safeguard Europe's prosperity".

Uh...hey, English dudes...has it not occurred to you that immigration these days is almost always from less developed nations, and in Europe the greater part of that is from the Middle East. You think you got economic problems now, wait till a good chunk of your population still have the attitudes that made third world toilets, third world toilets.

Immigration is great when they come in expecting to become part of the culture, rather than building a bubble of the culture they just left. In the former they outdo the locals, in the latter they bring with them the very problems they were expecting to escape.

By the way, why is it the UN keeps whining about over population if you guys say you're losing people? Could it be they always hold their meetings to discuss overpopulation in overpopulated cities, rather than in the 99% of the rest of the world that has a manageable population density? The problem isn't over population, it's too many people (must refrain from calling names) who for some unexplainable reason choose to pack themselves together like sardines in cities like New York City, Cairo or Mexico City. 

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 18, 2005 11:11 AM

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