Quote: Originally Posted by Goober
Immigration is on Harpers agenda for reform. We all know there are problems with the system, but lowering immigration when we are facing a demographic change of taxpayers to people who draw govt pensions is ludicrous.
It's a fallacy that we need immigration to keep us young, it won't work. We have won the race by getting rich before we get old. Here's an item I posted a while back.
We need to drastically cut the number of immigrants who are seniors because they are getting pensions and they haven't paid into them for decades. We have to worry about Canadians first, not Asia or Africa.
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Not only is there no longer an economic argument for immigration, but immigration will not reverse population aging, what are called dependency ratios. Meaning more young people to pay for older people's pensions etc.
Mythbuster: The aging population (external - login to view)
Mythbuster: The aging population
By Sam Cooper, The Province October 16, 2011
The confidential federal government report “Canada’s Changing Demographics: The Impacts of Population Aging” listed several myths that need to be shot down in order to understand the changes that have just started to be unleashed in Canada and across the world.
Myth: Population aging is just about people getting older.
Fact: It is a change in population age structure, so that the share of older persons grows while the share of younger persons shrinks. Longer lifespans contribute, but lower fertility is the main driver.
Myth: In Canada, aging will end with the passing of the baby boom.
Fact: While the baby boom will contribute to the rapid speed of population aging over the next 20 years, population aging is likely to continue. In 2061, when the youngest surviving boomers will be 95, Canada will still have 25 per cent seniors, compared to 14 per cent in 2009.
Myth: Canada can reverse population aging through immigration.
Fact: Immigration rates would need to more than double and potentially quintuple to maintain current age-population “dependency ratios.”
Myth: Aging is just a trend in developed countries.
Fact: By 2050, populations in developing countries will be aging so rapidly they are likely to have the same proportion of seniors as developed countries do today. These trends will impact geopolitics, the global economy and trade, and immigration, meaning a race will be on for countries to “get rich before getting old.”
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