Italy is dying: Country’s birth rate drops to its lowest level in history

Feb 21, 2020 by

by Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSite: The shrinking population affects the ‘very existence of our country,’ President Sergio Mattarella warns. Italy welcomed its smallest number of newborns in 2019, leading its president to foretell the country’s doom. “This is a problem that concerns the very existence of our country,” said Sergio Mattarella, 78. “The fabric of our country is weakening, and everything must be done to counter this phenomenon.” According to Italy’s national...

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Hungary is ahead of the curve on population policy

Jan 27, 2020 by

by Ed West, UnHerd: 2020 may be the year that the population problem becomes a political issue. Not the world’s growing population, which is confined almost entirely to sub-Saharan Africa, but the rapidly shrinking population and birth rate around the world. Just on Friday the Ukrainian government apparently admitted that their population was in fact several million smaller than the world had previously believed. Ukraine’s fertility rate is below 1.5 children per woman, which means that the...

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Are Chinese communists lying about number of babies born? They’ve got every reason to

Jan 23, 2020 by

by Steven Mosher, LifeSite: The most populous country on earth has been committing demographic suicide for years with its ‘one-child’ policy. China’s National Bureau of Statistics just announced that 14.65 million babies were born in China last year. It also claimed that China’s population continued to grow, reaching 1.4 billion by the end of 2019, up from 1.39 billion the year before. Both claims are probably false. The real number of births is lower, probably much lower. As for...

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China pays the price of its war against people

Jan 21, 2020 by

by Ann Farmer, TCW: DESPITE abolishing its one-child policy in 2015, China is struggling to raise its dangerously low birth rate. Official statistics show that 580,000 fewer babies were born in 2019 than in 2018. According to the Telegraph, China faces a shrinking labour force and an ageing population while the economy is suffering. Many experts greeted the end of the one-child family policy as ‘too little, too late’, and now the sluggish recovery in births is being blamed on a rise in...

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Spain registers more deaths than births as native population heads for collapse

Dec 12, 2019 by

Martin M. Barillas and Pete Baklinski, LifeSite: Spanish authorities revealed that tens of thousands more citizens died than were born in the first six months of 2019. The alarming statistics not only reveal this time period to have the lowest birthrate in almost 80 years, but they also highlight the country’s trend toward what observers are calling the country’s “demographic suicide.” According to the Spanish National Statistical Institute (INE), between January and June of this year, Spain...

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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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