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Thursday, 13th September 2012

Immigration and population growth in the UK

Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration (UK)

Summary of points:

This paper reviews the arguments for policies aimed at keeping the UK population below the 70 million level predicted by the Office of National Statistics by 2030. In particular, it argues that:

1. Population growth in the UK is consistent with historical trends, whereby a growing population has been associated with rapid economic and social development.

2. In recent years, population growth across the UK has been closely associated with local and regional growth, whilst, in many areas, shrinking populations have contributed towards wider decline.

3. While measures to manage congestion effects arising from population growth should be welcomed, the introduction of a neo-Malthusian population policy in the UK would be damaging and counter-productive.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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