'Birthrate Time Bomb' (Isle of Man Examiner, 24 January 2017)
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A blog posted on this website last week ('Number of births falls by another 3.4%') has received coverage on Manx Radio and 3FM as well as in the Isle of Man Examiner. Today's front page article in the Examiner carried the headline: 'Birthrate Time Bomb' (Adrian Darbyshire, Isle of Man Examiner, 24…

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Number of births falls by another 3.4%
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Data provided, on request, by the Economic Affairs Unit this week shows that in 2016 the number of births in the Isle of Man fell for the sixth consecutive year. After peaking at 1,023 in 2010, births have fallen very sharply to 758, the lowest number of births in the Isle of Man since 1987. This a…

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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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