It’s amazing how easy it is to fall into the assumption that the current situation has always been so. In the UK he continues to have 30°C heatwaves. The most educated people who vote for left-wing parties. Japan and Italy are facing a demographic crisis due to aging and population aging.
So it may come as a surprise that Britain was considerably grayer than Italy or Japan in 1985.Britain is her second oldest population In Europe, 15% of the population is over 65, compared to 13% in Italy and just 10% in Japan.
But fast forward 37 years. Britain is now her fourth youngest country in Europe. The elderly population is around 2% higher than the EU average, but 2% lower.
What is the elixir of youth? immigration, in most cases. By my calculations, if Britain had kept its borders closed, her 22% of the population would be pensioners instead of her 19%. Already a battered workforce will be a quarter less than hers, and a crumbling health and social welfare system will be missing a fifth of his most important employees.
Instead, the steady influx of working-age people and the fact that immigrant communities have tended to have higher birth rates than native populations for several generations have kept the UK population very dynamic for 40 years. .
But few realize how lucky Britain is in this, or how fragile our grasp of this privilege is.
Fifteen years ago, US pollster Gallup launched a series of global surveys asking people if they would like to live permanently in another country. In her first three editions of the poll, the UK was second only to the US as a destination of choice. But the fourth took place in the heat of the Brexit campaign. full of anti-immigrant rhetoricthe United Kingdom came in fourth, behind Canada and Germany, and most recently ranked seventh.
The UK is losing its luster for a new generation of entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists and doctors, but the competition to attract them is getting tougher.
Declining fertility has largely gone from being the first global problem to becoming a global problem as social and economic development has rapidly progressed. Chad is the only country where the fertility rate has not declined. As a result, more and more wealthy countries have an ever-increasing need for immigrants, and the available pool won’t grow forever.
All of this leads to the self-sabotage of the duo vying to become Prime Minister of England. beat each other with animosity against potential immigrants.
For now, the UK enjoys relatively high levels of immigration, helping new arrivals to remain a listed country. It would be naive to think that the decline and the increase in belligerence from the country’s leaders won’t hurt. secondary signalbe careful who is listening.