European regional populations: current trends, future pathways and policy options

P.H. Rees, N.L. van der Gaag, J.A.A. de Beer, F. Heins

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Europe is currently experiencing an ageing population and slowing population growth of both the total and working-age populations. These trends are likely to continue. Even though population ageing will affect all European regions, different regions will be affected in different ways. Even under favorable conditions, 35–40 % of all NUTS2 regions will face a labor force decline. If economic conditions are poor, some regions may continue to grow, but 55–70 % of the regions will see a labor force decline by 10 % or more. In most regions of Eastern Europe, the labor force may decrease by more than 30 %. To keep regions prosperous (maintaining competitiveness) and to avoid worse inequality (maintaining cohesion), policy-makers must find ways to cope with these challenges through new fiscal and social policies, though policies directly affecting demographic and migratory trends may also be needed.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)385-416
TijdschriftEuropean Journal of Population - Revue Européenne de Population
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusGepubliceerd - 2012


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