Emigration was a key factor in understanding population increases and decreases in the Azores and the balances and imbalances in age and gender. It can be considered the central element in the demographic and social dynamics of the region and of each of its islands, until about twenty years ago. This scenario was only altered in the final years of the last century, not only due to a significant decrease in the emigration flow, but also due to the arrival of foreigners who have been settling in the region in recent years.
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