Старая Европа, молодой мир

По мере того, как ЕС приближается к своему пятидесятому дню рождения, многие европейцы также приближаются к среднему возрасту. Они также начинают осознавать потенциал демографических изменений, которые могут сделать следующие пятьдесят лет Европы совсем непохожими на предыдущие.

Первые 50 лет ЕС характеризовались ростом населения и высокой долей людей рабочего возраста по отношению к детям и пожилым. Поколение послевоенного пика рождаемости создало период устойчивого экономического роста, укрепившего позиции Европы в мире и привёдшего к значительным улучшениям уровня жизни граждан.

В следующие пять десятилетий, напротив, послевоенное поколение уйдёт на пенсию, оставив уменьшившуюся рабочую силу с тяжёлым бременем необходимости поддерживать потребности своих стариков, а именно здравоохранение и пенсии. К 2050 году 36% европейцев будут в возрасте 60 лет или выше, и, несмотря на рост продолжительности жизни, низкая рождаемость означает, что население Европы начнёт уменьшаться, начиная с 2020 года.

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