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Ageing Europe may well have to bite the immigration bullet

Without employment gains from migration, Europe will need an improbably big boost in productivity to sustain its living standards - or see them decline

As the post-World War II baby boom generation retires, the ratio of over-65-year-olds to the working age population is set to rise dramatically.


EUROPE is ageing faster than any other region of the world. It badly needs immigrants. But many Europeans don't want them.

The "old continent" may be able to offset the impact of a greying workforce until around 2020 by bringing more women and elderly people into work,