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The Ageing World by Anil K. Bagchi

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CHAPTER 9

Europe Faces the Greying World

EUROPE’S PROBLEM

Like any other region, Europe has to do its best with its demography. It has to face the demographic differences building up between European Christians and their adjoining Muslim neighbours. Consider the European Union of 25 countries. Then consider their Muslim neighbour, starting from Pakistan through West Asia, and all the way to the Atlantic, neighbours of Europe in North Africa, but not including the Central Asian Republics of the erstwhile Soviet Union. In 1950, population-wise the Muslim group was less than half of the EU (all the 25 states together), and in 2050 it will be three times as large. That is less than half the story. By 2050, the young population (20 to 64) of the ...

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