demographic timebomb

demographic timebomb

n
(Sociology) chiefly Brit a predicted shortage of school-leavers and consequently of available workers, caused by an earlier drop in the birth rate, resulting in an older workforce
References in periodicals archive ?
Deputy council leader Rob Davidson said urgent action was needed to tackle the demographic timebomb.
She added: "Scotland urgently needs to grow our population - or we face a demographic timebomb ." The Scottish Conservatives taxation spokesman Bill Bowman said: "The best way to grow the economy and working age population is to restore tax parity with the rest of the UK.
In response to the challenges of the demographic timebomb, 2014 saw the launch of The Ready for Ageing Alliance Manifesto.
But his talk of the demographic timebomb facing Europe quickly stilled the room.
The often talked about "demographic timebomb" is also an issue, more so at the Ulster thanks to an older population in the Ards and North Down council areas.
Doctor Lewis and co need to acknowledge this demographic timebomb, if they really love the Welsh language.
This translates to an equally steep decline in childbirths, which has given rise to fears of a 'demographic timebomb' --the numbers of the old and elderly surging while children are ever fewer.
Regular readers will know that we are hugely sceptical of the "demographic timebomb", but only one big economy has less room for manoeuvre than Japan in this respect - China.
But he said: "There is a demographic timebomb ticking.
'The fact that most of Asia doesn't have the entitlement society that the West has generated means the demographic timebomb is not going to be as significant,' he added.
Israel has rejected the idea of a de facto annexation of the occupied West Bank, incorporating the Palestinians as citizens, as a "demographic timebomb" that would make Jews the minority.