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VIEWPOINT: Population projections and migration commissions


  • Michael S. Teitelbaum

    () (the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.)


On the one hand the techniques of demographic projection are essential: they offer powerful and objective quantitative methods that, implemented and interpreted properly, can provide a hypothetical migration commission with critical insights into possible futures - futures that might otherwise not be apparent by examining contemporaneous data. At the same time, if implemented improperly or interpreted naively, such long range demographic projections could represent instruments of confusion, exaggeration, and even deliberate distortion. Both the strengths and weaknesses inherent in the use of demographic projections need to be understood by any immigration commission that might emerge.

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  • Michael S. Teitelbaum, 2014. "VIEWPOINT: Population projections and migration commissions," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 11(1), pages 54-64, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:11:y:2014:i:1:p:54-64

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