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Leonid Bershidsky

Europe Doesn't Have Enough Immigrants

Sharply increased immigration is the only cure for Europe's ageing population.
They're brave, but is Europe?

They're brave, but is Europe?

Photographer: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The heart-wrenching photographs of a dead Syrian child washed up on the Turkish shore are fast becoming the symbol of what is framed as Europe's "migrant problem" or "refugee crisis." That little boy, however, would have been part of the solution to the continent's problems, had he been allowed to reach it. The true crisis is that not enough Europeans understand that.

It's a commonplace that Europe is aging. According to Eurostat projections, here's how the ratio of people age 65 and older to the total population is going to increase: