Dyer: As birth rates drop globally, immigration will play deciding factor in countries’ GDP growth

Dyer: As birth rates drop globally, immigration will play deciding factor in countries' GDP growth
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So Sweden, Norway, France and the United Kingdom each will add a few million people by 2100. Canada, Australia and the U.S. each will add around ten million (and New Zealand gets an extra million). The rest, apart from Germany and the Netherlands, will attract at least enough newcomers to plug the holes left by their very low birth rates.

This may seem unfair, but it gets worse. When the researchers factored predicted economic growth into the study, the ten countries with the biggest GDP eighty years from now were, in order: the U.S., China, India, Japan, Germany, France, UK, Australia, Nigeria and Canada.

To them that hath shall it be given.

Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist based in London, England



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