India's south is greying rapidly

Jobseekers at a New Delhi employment fair last month. The north-south migration is already occurring, with many young labourers from the north moving to the south, attracted by higher wages and plenty of job opportunities.
Jobseekers at a New Delhi employment fair last month. The north-south migration is already occurring, with many young labourers from the north moving to the south, attracted by higher wages and plenty of job opportunities.PHOTO: REUTERS

It is ill-prepared for demographic imbalance and migration of workers from north to south

When it comes to demography, India is often referenced as a country placed in a sweet spot. Half of its population is under 25 and two-thirds are below 35.

But this rosy picture overlooks an emerging problem. The number of people growing old in the southern part of the country is increasing much more rapidly than the north.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2019, with the headline 'India's south is greying rapidly'. Print Edition | Subscribe