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'Replacement migration', or why everyone's going to have to live in Korea : A fable for our times from the United Nations

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  • 'Replacement migration', or why everyone's going to have to live in Korea
  • Coleman, D.A.
  • University of Oxford


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Title 'Replacement migration', or why everyone's going to have to live in Korea
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A fable for our times from the United Nations

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Author(English)

Coleman, D.A.

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[Oxford]:University of Oxford

Date 2001-10
Pages 16
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Population
Holding University of Oxford; The Royal Society

Abstract

This paper considers international migration in the context of population ageing. In many Western countries, the search for appropriate responses to manage future population ageing and population decline has directed attention to international migration. International migrants, mostly of young working age, it seems reasonable to believe, can supply population deficits created by low birth rates, protect European society and economy from the economic costs of elderly dependency, and provide a workforce to care for the elderly. Particular prominence has been given to this option through the publicity attendant upon a report from the UN Population Division on ‘Replacement Migration, which has been widely misunderstood. While immigration can prevent population decline, it is already well – known that it can only prevent population ageing at unprecedented, unsustainable and increasing levels of inflow, which would generate very rapid population growth and rapidly displace the original population from its majority position. (The rest omitted)