Political implications of the revised population estimates
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Introduction As we await the headline figures for the 2016 Isle of Man Census (expected in the new year), there appears to be some uncertainty about what we can expect. Whilst numerous websites continue to offer wildly inaccurate over-estimates of the Island’s population, the Chamber of Commerce ha…

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Refined monitoring predicts decline
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Monitoring the population When the Isle of Man Population Atlas was published in mid-April 2016 it urged that the quarterly economic reports to CoMin should include an estimate of the population. 'In the Isle of Man the quarterly economic reports to the Council of Ministers are some of the most inf…

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Report of missing data in the Census returns
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A report in Today's Isle of Man Examiner describes how some householders in East Douglas have received letters asking them to provide a second census return more than six months after the 2016 Census in April. Comments on social media sites have suggested that some residents in the south of the Isl…

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57% believe that the population should stay the same
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One of the questions for oral answer in the House of Keys yesterday (8 November) asked what plans the Department of Economic Development might have to relax work permit legislation in order to overcome skills shortages. As part of his response, the Minister indicated that: ‘The Department is… looki…

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Population indicators provide mixed messages
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The September 2016 pupil numbers in schools have not confirmed that the slow decline in the Island's population has stopped. In the final pages of the Isle of Man Population Atlas there was a suggestion that the quarterly economic reports to the Council of Ministers should routinely include a popul…

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Latest Population Estimate - 85,056
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The latest quarterly economic report to the Council of Ministers (covering April - June 2016) was published last week. For the second time, the report included a population estimate or, more accurately, an estimate of population movement based on what the report refers to as 'GP Capitation numbers…

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The population debate has begun
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The final chapter of the Population Atlas refers to a motion placed before Tynwald in April 2015 that led to a call for a debate on population policy. That debate still needs to happen. Government has established an Enterprise Development Scheme which has, as one of its aims, a growth of 500-1,000…

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