World Population Shifts: Boom or Doom?

World Population Shifts: Boom or Doom?

World Population Shifts: Boom or Doom?

World Population Shifts: Boom or Doom?


This presentation examines population shifts in different parts of the world, their effects on the flow of people across borders, and potential responses by the developed world to growing immigration pressures.


A version of this lecture was given at the Rocco C. Siciliano Forum entitled Considerations on the Status of the American Society at the University of Utah on October 4, 1999. the purpose of the forum, which is now in its fifth year, is to enable participants to analyze and discuss some of β€œthe country's most pressing, but least tractable issues.”

Work on this documented briefing was supported by RAND's Population Matters project. the primary focus of Population Matters is synthesizing and communicating the findings and implications of existing research in ways that policy analysts and others will find accessible.

The Population Matters project is funded by grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. This document should be of interest to anyone concerned with demographic trends and issues and their implications for public policy. For a list of our publications, please see the inside back cover. For further information on the Population Matters project, contact

Julie DaVanzo, Director, Population Matters rand P.O. Box 2138 1700 Main St. Santa Monica, ca 90407-2138

Or visit the project's website at

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