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Government looking into factors affecting population

Tue, 16 May 2017

Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas MHK
Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas MHK

The Policy and Reform Minister says the Government is looking at a number of areas affecting the Island's declining population.

Last year's census revealed the population fell by 1.4% between 2011 and 2016.

Chris Thomas told this month's sitting of Tynwald that declining fertility rates, demographic changes and job creation are all being taken into account.

The results of a survey of Manx graduates to determine why young people don't move back to the Island after university will also be used.

The Minister plans to present a document on meeting the Island's population challenges to Tynwald later this year.

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