Tag Archives: Population

Germany’s declining population and migrants

Germany has a different position on migrants than the UK because it desperately needs people, any people, to plug the huge hole left by its demographic crisis. According to the Daily Telegraph, an EU Commission spokesperson said the “German move (to welcome migrants) is a welcome act of solidarity”. I suspect Ms Merkel’s stance is not so much humanitarian as deeply practical. Taking a million or more immigrants is a great idea if your country is projected to see its population fall by about 3 million in the next 25 years with crippling economic and social consequences.  Continue reading Germany’s declining population and migrants

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Open data, the ONS and government statistics

If you are hoping for an open data revolution in government that could deliver new knowledge, statistics and understanding of our society and economy, one place that you might hope to see it appear is in the Office for National Statistics. The progress to date has been very disappointing but future prospects are more rosy. Continue reading Open data, the ONS and government statistics