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Migration and Workforce Aging
Migration and workforce aging
JohnField

International migration is expanding rapidly, and the experience of aging is changing with it. The Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells describes our society as dominated by a ‘space of flows’ arising from the rapid interchange of information and ideas through new information systems; but the movement of people throughout what Castells calls ‘the space of places’ is an equally striking characteristic of life in modern societies (Castells 1996, 409–15). In 1960, an estimated 77 million people emigrated; by 2010, the number of migrants reached 214 million (OECD 2012b, 16). Overwhelmingly, these are people of working age; and nearly two-thirds live in what the United Nations (UN) defines as the developed nations (UN 2010).

Migration and population aging are tightly bound ...

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