Strengthen and Rejuvenate Our Population

To secure a prosperous future and to maintain a leading role globally, Europe needs a stable and thriving population, that can unleash both its own and Europe’s true potential

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Europe’s demographic trend towards an older population structure is set to impose an increasing burden on our social systems and workforce. This demands a new demographic strategy that not only addresses immediate challenges but also prepares Europe for long-term vitality and global competitiveness.

Effective demographic management is not just about growth; it’s also about enhancing the quality and potential of our existing population. High birth rates historically supported economic growth and national security, but in today’s Europe, we must also focus on enhancing individual potential and community well-being, in all age groups.

Meanwhile, Immigration has been positioned in recent years as the main lever to solve the demographic challenge of today. Indeed, when targeting highly-skilled migrants of similar economic characteristics, migration policies can positively contribute to society. However, uncontrolled mass migration has not been shown to drive such benefits; instead it increases tensions and places a significant stress on the receiving population.

Key Demographic Statistics, 2100

Country Old Age Dep %, 2100 Total Pop, 2100
United States 40% 434M
China 58.6% 1 064M
Russia 42.9% 126M
United Kingdom 53.9% 78M
Europe – baseline 60.2% 364M
Europe – no migration 65.7% 307M
Europe – high fertility 45.6% 515M

The conclusion is clear: immigration alone cannot solve the aging of Europe.

To effectively rejuvenate and stabilize our population, Europe requires a series of focused and forward-thinking policies that encourage family growth, provide robust support systems for all citizens, and enable participation in all generations:

Robust Childcare and Parental Support

  • Universal, Quality Childcare: Ensuring accessible, high-quality childcare across Europe to support all families, regardless of background.
  • Parental Leave: Extending parental leave policies to offer two years of paid leave per child, enabling parents to nurture their children without financial worry or career compromise.
  • Flexible Work Options: Promoting flexible working arrangements to help parents manage their professional and family commitments seamlessly.

Comprehensive Support for Families

  • Financial Assistance: Providing ongoing financial support for families with children under 18, easing the economic pressures associated with raising children.
  • Healthcare for Children: Offering comprehensive, free healthcare services for children up to age 18, including dental care, ensuring all children have access to necessary health services.
  • Free, Inclusive Education: Guaranteeing free access to education from early childhood through to higher education, lifting the financial burden off families and fostering a well-educated populace.

Enhanced Infrastructure and Educational Investments

  • Early Care Infrastructure: Investing heavily in early childhood education facilities to provide equitable access to all families, setting a strong foundation for lifelong learning and development.
  • Skill Development Programs: Implementing educational programs focused on developing skills for future economies, such as digital literacy, environmental sciences, and entrepreneurship, which are essential for maintaining Europe’s edge in a rapidly changing world.

Active Aging and Lifelong Learning

  • Workforce Reintegration: Developing programs that reintegrate older adults into the workforce through part-time and flexible roles, tailored to their experience and capabilities.
  • Continued Education and Training: Offering continuous learning opportunities for older adults, including university courses, workshops, and online learning platforms that cater to their interests and skills.
  • Health and Wellness Programs: Establishing comprehensive health and wellness programs aimed at maintaining physical and mental health, thereby enhancing the quality of life and productivity of the aging population.

Promotion of Opportunities and Self-Fulfillment

  • Career and Education Pathways: Creating diverse career and educational pathways that cater to different talents and interests, helping individuals achieve their full potential.
  • Community and Recreational Programs: Developing community centers and programs that promote social cohesion and personal fulfillment, enhancing life quality and strengthening communal ties.

The policies mentioned above, and more, will encourage sustainable population growth while enabling all members of European society to reach their true potential, to in turn propel Europe forward into a successful future.

Our ability to grow, develop, educate, and productively employ a highly skilled population will become the fundamental competitive advantage of Europe on the world stage in the 21st century.