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Immigration and aging in the Belgian régions

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  • Marc Debuisson
  • Frédéric Docquier
  • Abdul Ghafar Noury
  • Madeleine Nantcho

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In this note, we first depict the structure of the foreign population (When did they come? From where? What about their skills?) and discuss its assimilation on the domestic labor market. Then we evaluate the demand for skilled immigration in the Belgian regions raised by domestic population changes. We demonstrate that replacement immigration is a sustainable policy in Flanders but not in Wallonia and Brussels, where it would jeopardize demographic stability. Using a projection methodology that takes into account the changes in the demand and supply of labor, we then show that an additional flow ranging from 500 to 9,000 skilled immigrants would be necessary to stabilize the Flemish dependency ratio.

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Article provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its journal Brussels economic review.

Volume (Year): 47 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 139-157

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Handle: RePEc:bxr:bxrceb:y:2004:v:47:i:1:p:139-157

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Keywords: skilled migration; immigration poilicy; replacement; aging;

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Cited by:
  1. Docquier, Frederic & Schiff, Maurice, 2009. "Measuring Skilled Migration Rates: The Case of Small States," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4827, The World Bank.
  2. Docquier, Frederic & Lowell, B. Lindsay & Marfouk, Abdeslam, 2008. "A gendered assessment of the brain drain," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4613, The World Bank.
  3. Frédéric Docquier & Hillel Rapoport, 2007. "L'immigration qualifiée, remède miracle aux problèmes économiques européens ?," Reflets et perspectives de la vie économique, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(1), pages 95-111.
  4. Dobra, Alexandra, 2009. "Principal concerns concentrating on the costs and benefits of immigration in developed countries," MPRA Paper 16817, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Dobra, Alexandra, 2009. "Identifying the key issues focusing on the costs and benefits of immigration in developed countries," MPRA Paper 16806, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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