Fresh or Refreshed Talent: Exploring Population Change in Europe and Some Policy Initiatives

Mike Danson

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Abstract:

This paper considers the urban, rural and regional dimensions of an ageing and declining population and compares these developments globally and between European countries. Strategies to attract new migrant workers to address population changes are examined within their historical and social contexts, especially in formerly declining rural areas. As Scotland has a long history of emigration and depopulation and recently has pursued a particularly active strategy of encouraging immigrants and migrant workers, special attention is paid to experiences within territorial unions where powers are reserved to higher authorities. Arguments are illustrated by reference to UK Government policy and the Scottish Executive’s Fresh Talent Initiative and its Strategy for a Scotland with an Ageing Population. This contributes to the debate over whether the rationales and objectives of these policies fit with the needs of the society, economy and the constituent parts of the nation, and of migrant workers themselves.

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Danson, Mike. Fresh or Refreshed Talent: Exploring Population Change in Europe and Some Policy Initiatives. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2007, vol.9, no.1, pp.13-34. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574.
www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol9/issue1/art1

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