Emigration is the elephant in emerging Europe’s room. With the catastrophic numbers of people leaving the region (at least from some parts) speaking for themselves, the reaction of governments has been by and large conspicuously muted. Even in countries where there has been an attempt to address the issue, such as Poland, the resulting policies (most notably the 500+ programme, which makes relatively high monthly payments to families with two or more children) have been populist, aimed more perhaps at winning votes in the present and less about redressing the demographic imbalance in the long-term.
Besides, the demographic deficit is a …read more
Source: Emerging Europe