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Joseph Troisi and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301066

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.001.0001

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The future of demographic regimes in the Southern Mediterranean

The future of demographic regimes in the Southern Mediterranean

(p.197) Nine The future of demographic regimes in the Southern Mediterranean
Ageing in the Mediterranean

Youssef Courbage

Policy Press

Since the southern shore of the Mediterranean (from Morocco to Turkey) is undergoing a very fast fertility transition, we could have expected that the ageing and its consequences would be as severe as in the North of the Mediterranean. This chapter shows that although ageing in the Southern shore is spreading at rates even higher than in the Northern one, its harmful social and economic effects might be tempered by family solidarity and intergenerational interactions which differ from those of the North. All in all, the many economic, social and educational benefits of demographic transition largely counterweight the evils of ageing. Finally, demographic transition is a necessary condition –although not sufficient- and paves the way to democratic transition.

Keywords:   Demographic transition, Ageing, Family solidarity, Democratic transition

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