Some interesting numbers from Europe

  • Since 1998 the population of the Baltic states has dropped by almost a third
  • Bulgaria lost 20% of its population over that period – it is projected to lose a further 20% over the next 30 years
  • Between 2000 and 2018 Romania‘s population dropped from 22.4M to 19.5M
  • c.5% of the population of Croatia moved to other EU states between 2013 when it joined and 2017
  • The financial crisis of 2008 caused the movement of a significant number of Greek and Spanish people to other EU states, especially young adults
  • A recent study in The Guardian identified “youth deserts” in eastern Germany, rural Spain, Greece and Romania.

What does this point to? Because it tends to be the young and well educated who leave, in the areas left behind the concentration of older people and less advantaged people is an ideal growing medium for right-wing politics of the more extreme sort, for lack of hope and for a gradual but constant withering on the vine.

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