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Citizens of the Western Balkans are entering the
European Union much faster than their countries. As a result, the region’s depopulation
is accelerating, driven by high unemployment, poor governance, rampant
corruption, rising crime and unclear prospects for the future. The most desired
destination is Germany, which welcomes emigrants as a much-needed supplement to
its workforce. However, the geopolitical consequences of a half-empty Balkans may
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
Anonymous GIS Expert
Dr. Tomas Dupla del Moral
Teresa Nogueira Pinto
Japan faces a daunting demographic challenge. Both the general populace and the working-age population are graying and rapidly decreasing in size. In recent years, the number of deaths has outpaced the number of births by around 300,000 per year. If the country’s birth rate remains constant, this figure will continue to rise by tens of thousands annually. ...
Dr. Stefan Lippert
The war for public opinion over the Middle East is heating up between Moscow and Ankara. Since Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on its border with Syria in late November, the recriminations have been flying. Each of these powers is accusing the other of playing Daesh’s game, one by supporting the moderate opposition, the other by propping up Syrian President Bas...
With birth rates far below replacement levels, China is facing a demographic crisis. The government’s recent relaxation of the so-called ‘one-child policy’ showed its willingness to tackle the issue. But it will not solve the problem. Economic and social factors are driving the desire to keep families small, writes GIS guest expert Brendan O’Reilly. To keep the gre...