Global Shifts in Population

The Coming Pressures of Immigration

by Kevin F. McCarthy

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This research brief describes work documented in World Population Shifts: Boom or Doom? (DB-308-WFHF/DLPF/RF).

Excerpt: The dynamics of global population growth differ dramatically across the major regions of the world. In the developed countries, the current annual rate of growth is less than 0.3 percent, while in the rest of the world the population is increasing almost six times as fast. These demographic differences, combined with widening economic disparities, are increasing the pressures of migration from the less-developed to the developed world. How the developed countries respond to the growth of immigration pressures will have a major impact on their demographic and economic futures.

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