ABOUT THIS BOOK
One of the most important challenges facing the European Union over the next few decades is demographic: as birthrates continue to decline and the population ages, immigration will be needed to sustain a sufficient working-age population. This volume takes that fact as a point of departure for analyzing patterns and prospects of immigration from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe, taking into account existing migration links and current EU migration policies as well as demographic, economic, and political developments in the Middle East and North Africa.
Michael Bommes was professor of sociology and interdisciplinary migration research at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. Wiebke Sievers is a researcher at the Institute for Urban and Regional Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Heinz Fassmann is professor in the Institute of Geography and Regional Research of the University of Vienna and director of the Austrian Academy of Sciences’s Institute for Urban and Regional Research.