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Migration from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe

Past Developments, Current Status and Future Potentials

Heinz Fassmann Michael Bommes Wiebke Sievers

296 pages
Amsterdam University Press
One of the most important challenges concerning the future of the European Union is the demographic reproduction of the European population. Decreasing birth-rates and the retirement of the baby boomers will dramatically reduce the labour force in the EU, which will entail not only a lack of manpower but also lower contributions to European social systems. It seems clear that the EU will have to counterbalance this population decrease by immigration in the coming years. Migration Between the Middle East, North Africa and Europe takes this challenge as a point of departure for analysing the MENA region, in particular Morocco, Egypt and Turkey, as a possible source of future migration to the European Union. At the same time, it illustrates the uncertainties implied in such calculations, especially at a time of radical political changes, such as those brought about by the Arab Uprising.
Author Bio
Heinz Fassmann is professor at the Institute of Geography and Regional Research of the University of Vienna and director of the Austrian Academy of Science's Institute for Urban and Regional Research. Michael Bommes (¿ 2010) was professor of sociology at the University of Osnabrück. Wiebke Sievers is researcher at the Institute for Urban and Regional Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.