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Outline and comment on the economic and political consequences of population change.

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Outline and comment on the economic and political consequences of population change. A country who receives immigrants can develop many consequences. For developing countries an increase in population could eventually lead to diminishing outputs as land is fixed and thereby cannot be increase. So as the population rises the demand for housing grows meaning more land will be used to build houses for the ?homeless?. However this takes time so people have to make their own houses, which usually leads to health risks for those in the area. Poor drainage leads to diseases spreading in the area. These problems lead to governments having to focus their attention on the increased population and what policies they will put in place to help the health of the homeless. ...read more.

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Also as shown in political consequences, they growth of the population can lead to a strain on resources. In a LEDC these strains on the resources can usually lead to famine and malnutrition as there is simply not enough to go around the ?new population?. However in an MEDC the rapid demand for resources usually leads to prices rising on certain resources as there is an increased demand for them. Also migrants tend to send back money to their families in their country of origin, this leads to economic loses for the country with the migrant in. An example of this is Polish migrants who have come to the UK for work and have sent back money to their families in Poland to help them. For the country of origin, where the migrant have left, there are a few problems with a decline in the population. ...read more.

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Also many immigrants return back to their native country and in doing so bring back new skills which are passed on to others. This usually leads to help within the economy. There are also political consequences with people immigrating to other countries; such as the government will need to focus its attention on natural increase. They could introduce policies which encourage families to have more children, for example Germany has now developed a declining birth rate and has now spent millions of pounds on schemes and policies to help combat it. Also as well, the government may look to attract immigrants to their country, by making it more appealing due to the low work force they have and maybe a better standard of living that the immigrants origin country. The final thing the government may do to combat its declining population is to request for international aid , this would stabilize the economy until the country becomes more appealing to other people. ...read more.

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