Advocating immigration at a time when there are large numbers of refugees in Germany isn’t particularly popular. But the experts at the Nuremberg Institute for Employment Research (IAB) are doing it anyway, and their latest study makes for interesting reading. It shows that without migrants, the reservoir of workers in Germany would shrink massively by 2060.
If immigrants stopped coming to Germany and if labor market participation by women and older people remained at the current level, the aging of society would result in 18 million fewer workers by 2060.
But advances in equality could slow the decline, the study suggests. If woman were integrated into working life as much as men are today, and if people retired later, it would create a potential for 2.9 million additional workers.