Has Hungary conceived a baby boom?

Oct 17, 2019 by

by Paul Morland, UnHerd: Victor Orban is desperate to reverse his country’s declining fertility, but only one developed country has escaped the baby bust. When an economy booms, as Hungary’s has, with the best growth figures for more than a decade, the resulting pressures tell you something significant about the country. In Hungary’s case, it is a shortage of people that is the worry, and the first professionals feeling the heat from the economic pick-up are recruitment consultants. The...

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Dying Society: Deaths of UK-Born Overtake Births to UK-Born Mothers

Oct 14, 2019 by

by Jack Montgomery, Breitbart: Deaths of British-born people outstripped deaths to British born mothers for only the third time since records began in 1838. There were only 471,476 live births to British-born mothers in England and Wales in 2018, compared to 487,618 deaths of British-born people, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures reported by The Telegraph. Deaths of British-born people have only outnumbered births to British-born people twice before, according to the...

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Without children, the future holds no hope

Aug 4, 2019 by

by Will Jones, Faith and Politics: Official figures released this week show that England and Wales are now experiencing their lowest birth rates since records began 80 years ago. The Daily Mail quotes Conservative Woman’s Kathy Gyngell saying it heralds a ‘long-term decline in numbers of babies’ and is a ‘social disaster’. She’s not wrong. Birth rates have been in long term decline since the end of the post-war baby boom, plummeting as the contraception-fuelled 1960s sexual revolution got...

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The turn against motherhood

Aug 4, 2019 by

by Frank Furedi, spiked: Why it has become fashionable not to have children. There is a difference between an individual deciding not to have children and someone embracing the view that there is something inherently wrong with motherhood and giving birth to children. Individuals have always made choices about whether or not to have kids and about the size of their families. These were personal decisions rather than statements about the moral significance of bringing new children into the...

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A modern Chinese curse: may you live in child-free times

Jul 1, 2019 by

by William Huang, MercatorNet: The one-child policy has corrupted the dreams of young people. Even though replacing the notorious one-child policy with a two-child policy was supposed to usher in a new baby boom, China’s demographic decline has been accelerating out of control. Its birth rate plunged in 2018. In 2017 there were 17.23 million births but only 15.23 million in 2018, the lowest number since the man-made famine days of the early 1960s. One reason for this drop, besides the obvious...

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Do Empty Cradles Matter? Look At Japan.

Jun 5, 2019 by

by Lyman Stone and W. Bradford Wilcox, The American Conservative: America’s fertility rate has fallen to its lowest point in history, 1.73 babies per woman, according to data just released by the Centers for Disease Control. The truth is starker still around much of the developed world, as noted by a new Institute for Family Studies report. Across Europe and Asia especially, each year brings more countries hitting their lowest fertility rates in history. In South Korea, for instance, the...

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