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Multiplying Identities

UCSB historian studies the complex lives of migrants and minorities in Europe
When Britain’s Office for Budget Responsibility issued a report last July warning that a steady — and growing — influx of immigrants over the next 50 years would be necessary to sustain the country’s economy, Paul Spickard was not surprised.
According to the professor of history and of Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara, Britain’s birth rate is not high enough to maintain the steady population necessary to keep its financial system humming. Ditto for every other European country. “To be at replacement level you have to generate 2.1 babies per woman,” Spickard said. “France has the highest birth rate in Europe, at 1.98.”
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