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Immigration and aging in the Belgian régions

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

Abstract

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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  • Marc Debuisson & Frédéric Docquier & Abdul Ghafar Noury & Madeleine Nantcho, 2004. "Immigration and aging in the Belgian régions," Brussels Economic Review, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles, vol. 47(1), pages 139-157.
  • Handle: RePEc:bxr:bxrceb:y:2004:v:47:i:1:p:139-157
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    Cited by:

    1. Frédéric Docquier & B. Lindsay Lowell & Abdeslam Marfouk, 2009. "A Gendered Assessment of Highly Skilled Emigration," Population and Development Review, The Population Council, Inc., vol. 35(2), pages 297-321.
    2. Frederic, DOCQUIER & B. Lindsay, LOWELL & Abdeslam, MARFOUK, 2007. "A gendered assessment of the brain drain," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2007045, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Docquier, Frédéric & Schiff, Maurice, 2008. "Measuring Skilled Emigration Rates: The Case of Small States," IZA Discussion Papers 3388, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Keywords

    skilled migration; immigration poilicy; replacement; aging;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion

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