The numbers

The impact on population

In Europe the elderly are increasing and the young are decreasing. On the one side, the population’s life expectation is increasing; on the other, European citizens tend to have fewer children. This is however less true of migrants, who on average have more children than locals. According to the European Commission’s latest estimates, in 2015 Europe had four younger persons for every pensioner, but in 2060 there will only be two. The European Demographic Institute claims that, without migration, the European population would decrease by 5.4 percent over 40 years.

An aging Europe

demografia chart

Source: European University Institute