Potential Net Migration Index shows

Ageing Countries Attract Young

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 Migrant Voice - Ageing Countries Attract Young

Young and Old. Photo by Peter Harrison
Kaet Ng

Analytics group Gallup recently released figures from their Potential Net Migration Index (PNMI) that suggests some ageing countries with a shrinking labour pool are experiencing an influx of young migrants. The results are based on surveys of the migration desires of nearly 520,000 adults in 154 countries between 2010 and 2012. Countries with the highest PNMI scores include Canada, the UK, the US, France and Germany.

Canada is more attractive to more educated potential migrants than the US, which may be thanks to its programs for new migrants that focus on language and job training. The US, however, appeals more to younger and less educated potential migrants and this is a reflection on the emphasis each country's immigration policy places on different migrant groups.

The study shows that international migration can possibly help to ease countries troubled by ageing and shrinking workforces and declining fertility rates. Read more about the report here.


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