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  • Palestinians to Outnumber Jews in Israel and Palestine in 2 Years

    01/06/2016 4:02:06 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 19 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 2016-01-04 | Sputnik News
    By the end of the decade, there are projected to be 7.13 million Palestinians, compared to 6.96 million Jews, in Israel and Palestine. New estimates show that high Palestinian birth rates, are set to equal the number of Jews in Israel and Palestine by late 2017, Haaretz daily reported. According to a recent report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, currently, the number of Palestinian residents of Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank is about 6.22 million. Palestinians worldwide are estimated to number some 12.37 million, with 5.46 million living in Arab countries, 2.9 million in the...
  • Russia's Demographic Renaissance Continued Throughout 2014

    02/03/2015 8:00:17 AM PST · by dangus · 9 replies
    2-3-2015 | Dangus
    Abortions in Russia are down 83% to under 1 million, after peaking at nearly 5 1/2 million in 1963. Life expectancy is up to over 71 years, after a recent low of less than 65, just one decade ago. This is according to the 2014 Demographic reports just released. Most surprisingly, the number of births continued to increase, up nearly 60% since 1999. (I don't have an exact percentage because the Russian figures from 1999 don't include Crimea; I'm having to do my own estimate of the Crimean birth rate based on similar years.) Western demographers were certain Russia's baby...
  • Proposed Legislation in Russia Seeks to Strongly Restrict Overcome Low Birthrates

    06/02/2011 6:42:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdioces of Washington ^ | June 1, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Proposed Legislation in Russia Seeks to Strongly Restrict Abortions in Order to Overcome Low BirthratesBy: Msgr. Charles Pope We have discussed here before the population implosion taking place in most parts of Europe. Approximately 2.1 Children per woman are needed to maintain the population of a given country or ethnic group. In most of Europe, the birthrate hovers well below 2, often as low as 1.3 in some Eastern European countries. In effect these cultures are aborting and contracepting themselves out of existence.As populations shrink, so do economies and so does the ability to provide basic services, and staff...
  • Demography is Destiny: Why the Falling U.S. Birth Rates Are So Troubling

    10/07/2012 12:17:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    TIME ^ | 10/07/2012 | By JOSH SANBURN
    We’re becoming Europe. At least, that’s what a long line of U.S. birth-rate figures seems to being telling us. And that’s bad news for the future of the country.New numbers released by the U.S. government on Tuesday show record-low birth rates in 2011: the general fertility rate (63.2 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44) was the lowest ever recorded; the birth rate for teenagers ages 15 to 19 declined; birth rates for women ages 20 to 24 hit a record low; and rates for Hispanic and non-Hispanic black women dipped. Some birth rates remained unchanged, like those of...
  • Russian and American Birth Rates Have Rapidly Converged

    07/16/2012 8:28:12 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/01/2012 | Mark Adomanis
    I am in the middle of doing a longer post on recent Russian demographic trends, but in the course of doing research I stumbled upon something that was far too interesting to pass up. Although Russia is often portrayed as a demographic nightmare, a “dying bear” that is rapidly receding from the world stage and that is doomed to irrelevance, and the United States is often portrayed as enjoying demographics that are uniquely robust among developed nations, I would argue that the reality is quite a bit more complicated. Although America benefits greatly from immigration, its fertility rate has actually...
  • Jewish Birthrate Up, Arab Rate Down in Jerusalem

    05/20/2012 1:39:19 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/5/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Jewish birthrate in Jerusalem is higher than the Arab birthrate, putting an end to reports of an Arab demographic threat in the united capital. The birthrate in the expected life of mothers is 4.2 children for Jewish mothers compared with 3.9 children for Arab mothers, according to the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies (JIIS). Reflecting the trend in the rest of Israel, the birthrate for Jews represents a dramatic reversal and is on the increase while the Arab birthrate is declining. In 1999, the birthrate was only 3.8 for Jewish mothers and 4.4 for Arabs, the JIIS reported. Jews...

    04/14/2012 11:28:26 AM PDT · by plenipotentiary · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 13, 2012 | Louis Farrakhan
    Farrakhan then attempted to bring his rationale all together, saying White folks dont produce black children except [if] its a white woman with a black man or a black man with a white woman and thats the end of your race. So youre dying a natural death these days. And without an AK47 cause the brother aint shooting no blanks.
  • Declining Birthrates, Expanded Bureaucracy: Is U.S. Going European?

    09/16/2011 12:51:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/16/2011 | Joel Kotkin
    To President Barack Obama and many other Democrats, Europe continues to exercise something of a fatal attraction. The European dream embraced by these politicians as well as by many pundits, academics and policy analysts usually consists of an America governed by an expanded bureaucracy, connected by high-speed trains and following a tough green energy policy. One hopes that the current crisis gripping the E.U. will give even the most devoted Europhiles pause about the wisdom of such mimicry. Yet the deadliest European disease the U.S. must avoid is that of persistent demographic decline. The gravity of Europes demographic...
  • Among Nations Youngest, Analysis Finds Fewer Whites

    02/10/2011 9:34:25 AM PST · by triumphant values · 134 replies
    New York Times ^ | Feb. 7, 2011 | Sabrina Tavernise
    WASHINGTON Whites continued to decline as a share of the American population in 2009, and they now represent less than half of all 3-year-olds, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of census data released Monday. The countrys young population is more diverse than ever, with whites now in the minority in nursery schools, preschools and kindergartens in eight states Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas and the District of Columbia, according to William H. Frey, a demographer at Brookings. That was up from six states in 2000. We are on our way to...
  • Deputy PM Meridor: Arab, haredi birthrates crazy

    10/12/2010 2:37:39 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 14 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | October 12, 2010 | Tani Goldstein
    State-backed procreation among haredim, Arabs creating social gaps, says former finance minister Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said Tuesday that birthrates in Israel's ultra-Orthodox and Arab sectors are too high. Meridor, who took part in a panel of former finance ministers in an Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry convention on socioeconomic issues, said that "one of the ways to deal with social gaps should to address birthrate issue." "We have reached crazy birthrates, especially among Arabs and haredim," he said. "There are whole social classes in the population, especially where not everyone works, with many children born with the State's...
  • Time is Running Out

    09/04/2010 10:50:11 AM PDT · by bronkburnett · 15 replies
    Atlah Media Network ^ | Sept 2, 2010 | Michael Master
    None of our political leaders are discussing these root causes to the problems of our economy: 1. The percent of people between 40 and 55 years old is decreasing. 2. The purchase of foreign oil is draining 5% of our economy each year. 3. Manufacturing is decreasing as a percent of GDP. The negative impact of each of these is documented in my book, Save America Now. Our politicians are not addressing these root causes to our economic problems. Instead, they are implementing programs that waste money with no results at creating jobs. ......Instead of tackling the problems of a...
  • Teen Abortion, Pregnancy and Birth Rates Increased in 2006

    01/26/2010 8:56:08 AM PST · by julieee · 17 replies · 334+ views ^ | January 26, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Teen Abortion, Pregnancy and Birth Rates Increased in 2006 Washington, DC -- Despite billions of dollars spent by national and state governments and groups like Planned Parenthood on promoting birth control and contraception, a new report issued by the Guttmacher Institute indicates teen abortion, pregnancy and birth rates all rose in 2006.
  • Is Germany dying out?

    01/22/2010 9:24:22 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 43 replies · 1,614+ views
    www, ^ | 01/10/2010 | Exberliner
    Birth rates at an all-time low! The Germans are dying out! Catastrophic birth rates! The headlines couldnt be more alarming, but the statistics behind them lead to more complex conclusions. Jacinta Nandi and Ben Knight pick apart Germanys demographic anxieties for Exberliner Magazine. If youve followed the German media in the last 10 years, or just strolled through a German park during the school holidays, you will have gathered that Germans arent making enough babies. The headlines are melodramatic and sensational, and the statistics are scary, pessimistic - and surprisingly convincing. German women, who for the past 30 years have...
  • Survey delves into high birth rate for young Latinas

    05/19/2009 3:44:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies · 1,028+ views ^ | May 19, 2009 | By Moni Basu
    According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, more than half -- 53 percent -- of Latinas get pregnant by their 20th birthday, nearly twice the national average. "There's a big disconnect between pregnancy rates and what Latina families want and value," said Ruthie Flores, senior manager of the National Campaign's Latino Initiative. Of the 759 Latino teens surveyed, 49 percent said their parents most influenced their decisions about sex, compared with 14 percent who cited friends. Three percent cited religious leaders, 2 percent teachers and 2 percent the media.
  • 300 Schools to Close in Ontario because of Birth Rate Crash

    04/26/2008 1:27:50 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 60 replies · 146+ views ^ | Thursday April 24, 2008 | Hilary White
    TORONTO, April 24, 2008 ( - Plummeting birth rates have resulted in the closure of over 300 schools in Ontario and half of the province's school boards have 90,000 fewer students than they did six years ago. 300 schools are slated to be closed in the province simply because there are not enough children to go into them according to a report by People for Education. "Much of the funding that school boards receive is based on numbers of students," the report said. "As a result, fewer students equals less funding, fewer programs and, in many cases, closing schools." The...
  • Why are People Having Fewer Kids? Perhaps it's because they don't like them very much

    02/27/2008 7:06:01 AM PST · by Uncledave · 315 replies · 606+ views
    Reason ^ | February 26, 2008 | Ronald Bailey
    Why are People Having Fewer Kids? Perhaps it's because they don't like them very much. Ronald Bailey | February 26, 2008 The "demographic winter" is coming. So warns a new documentary of the same name. What is the demographic winter? The phrase, according to the film's promotional materials, "denotes the worldwide decline in birthrates, also referred to as the 'birth dearth,' and what that portends." The first half of Demographic Winter was previewed at the conservative Heritage Foundation a couple of weeks ago. According the film, the demographic winter augurs little good, e.g., economic collapse and social deterioration. If current...
  • "The Nation" Thinks Demographic Winter is a Pro-Natalist Conspiracy

    02/25/2008 6:59:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 1,546+ views
    Grasstops USA ^ | February 25, 2008 | Don Feder
    According to Kathryn Joyce, sneer-and-smear artist for The Nation, those who are concerned about the worldwide decline in birthrates are -- to put it mildly -- racist, neo-Nazis, who have a hidden agenda and (under the guise of demographic winter) are engaged in our age-old quest to control women's bodies. The Nation is this nation's oldest and largest-circulation leftwing journal (outside of The New York Times, of course). Joyce's screed, "Missing: The 'Right' Babies," will appear in the March 3 print edition, but is currently available online. Joyce believes -- with the faith of one immune to facts and logic...
  • Missing: The 'Right' Babies

    02/20/2008 1:52:32 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 247+ views
    The Nation ^ | February 14, 2008 | Kathryn Joyce
    Steve Mosher is telling me about wolves returning to the streets of European towns. Not as part of some Vermont-model wildlife-recovery scenario but as emblems of a harsh comeuppance mankind is due--they're stalking out of the forests like an ancient judgment, coming to claim mankind's ceded land. We're sitting in a sunny Main Street cafe in Front Royal, Virginia--a beautifying ex-industrial town in the Shenandoah Valley that, as the far edge of DC's suburban sprawl, is lately home to a surprising number of conservative Christian ministries. Mosher, president of the Catholic anticontraception lobbyist group Population Research Institute (PRI), describes his...
  • Ignoring the obvious

    08/19/2007 10:32:34 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 9 replies · 566+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | August 18, 2007 | Editorial
    Among children in foster care, minorities are in the majority. Disproportionate numbers of black and Hispanic households are referred to foster-care officials, are investigated for abuse and have complaints against them upheld by investigators. Such intuitively obvious facts, gleaned from a recent federal report, are not only news to The Hartford Courant, they're the stuff of banner, front-page headlines. And according to the state Department of Children and its attendant special interests, racism what else? is behind these imbalances. To try to reverse them, the DCF spent two years and lots of money developing and implementing a plan...
  • Birth rate crisis hits Central Europe

    08/05/2007 3:24:22 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 20 replies · 900+ views ^ | 08/04/2007 |
    Population levels across many parts of the developed world are declining, but this is particularly noticeable in former Eastern Bloc states where the number of children being born has plummeted within a generation.
  • What is the Cause of Low Birth Rates?

    06/01/2007 11:27:39 PM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 78 replies · 1,585+ views
    Global Politician ^ | 6/2/2007 | Fjordman
    What causes low birth rates? I have debated this issue at some length with blogger Conservative Swede. Among the reasons frequently cited are the welfare state, feminism and secularism. However, if you look closely at the statistics from various countries, the picture gets quite complex, and there doesnt appear to be an automatic correlation between low birth rates and any one of these factors. The United States has the highest birth rates in the West, but this is largely due to ethnic minorities. If you compare white Americans to white Europeans, the American birth rate is somewhat higher than those...
  • Japan minister slammed for calling women 'child-bearing machines'

    01/31/2007 3:37:45 PM PST · by DTogo · 33 replies · 895+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sat Jan 27, 10:52 PM ET | AFP
    TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's health minister has come under fire after referring to women as "child-bearing machines" in a speech on the country's declining birth rate. ADVERTISEMENT "The number of women aged between 15 and 50 is fixed," Hakuo Yanagisawa said Saturday at a meeting with local members of the ruling conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the western city of Matsue, Kyodo News reported. "Because the number of child-bearing machines and devices is fixed, all we can ask is they do their best per capita."Yanagisawa, a 71-year-old former finance ministry bureaucrat, apologised for his remarks during his 30-minute speech,...
  • Western culture: Is it death by fertility rate?

    12/11/2006 10:22:42 AM PST · by NYer · 60 replies · 1,661+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | December 10, 2006 | PETER WORTHINGTON
    In Macleans magazine last month, Mark Steyn wrote a plaintive piece about how his new book, America Alone, was unavailable in Canadian bookstores an apparent victim of a fear of militant Muslim reprisals. The Chapters-Indigo chain subsequently insisted it wasnt giving Steyns book the Mein Kampf treatment (banned from being sold in the chain by the boss, Heather Reisman), but that they hadnt anticipated the popularity of America Alone (a best-seller) and hadnt ordered enough copies. Last I heard, the book was in its fourth printing and, happy to say, a phone check with Chapters indicates theyve now got...
  • 37 percent of U.S. births out of wedlock

    11/21/2006 1:23:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 140 replies · 3,339+ views ^ | 3 minutes ago | MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer
    ATLANTA - Out-of-wedlock births in the United States have climbed to an all-time high, accounting for nearly four in 10 babies born last year, government health officials said Tuesday. While out-of-wedlock births have long been associated with teen mothers, the teen birth rate actually dropped last year to the lowest level on record. Instead, births among unwed mothers rose most dramatically among women in their 20s. The overall rise reflects the burgeoning number of people who are putting off marriage or living together without getting married. The increase in births to unwed mothers was seen in all racial groups, but...
  • The Fertility Gap

    08/25/2006 10:03:57 AM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 16 replies · 474+ views
    "But the data on young Americans tell a different story. Simply put, liberals have a big baby problem: They're not having enough of them, they haven't for a long time, and their pool of potential new voters is suffering as a result. According to the 2004 General Social Survey, if you picked 100 unrelated politically liberal adults at random, you would find that they had, between them, 147 children. If you picked 100 conservatives, you would find 208 kids. That's a "fertility gap" of 41%. Given that about 80% of people with an identifiable party preference grow up to vote...
  • A second baby? Russia's mothers aren't persuaded.

    05/19/2006 9:39:22 PM PDT · by Kellis91789 · 69 replies · 1,213+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | Fri May 19 | Fred Weir
    MOSCOW - Cash for babies is the Kremlin's offer to women in its latest bid to reverse a population decline that threatens to leave large swaths of Russia virtually uninhabited within 50 years. ADVERTISEMENT President Vladimir Putin last week defined the crisis as Russia's most acute problem, and promised to spend some of the country's oil profits on efforts to relieve it. He ordered parliament to more than double monthly child support payments to 1,500 rubles (about $55) and added that women who choose to have a second baby will receive 250,000 rubles ($9,200), a staggering sum in a country...
  • Editorial: The Sick Man is Europe

    04/12/2006 8:28:24 PM PDT · by CheyennePress · 27 replies · 1,241+ views
    The Australian ^ | 04/13/2006
    CONTINENTAL Europe is at a crossroads. No, scratch that. Continental Europe was at a crossroads a few years ago. This week, it appears to have chosen its path. Taken together, the results of Italy's general election (which turfed out an economic reformer in favour of a former EU president) and the French Government's cave-in to rioters protesting against employment law reform suggest that the strongest forces in Europe today are those of appeasement, stasis and socialism. In Italy, voters were faced with a choice between media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, who was swept into office five years ago promising to cure...
  • Dutch Feminazies want to Punish Educated Mothers

    04/07/2006 9:00:32 AM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 18 replies · 674+ views
    The Brussels Journal ^ | 3-31-06 | Alexandra Colin
    "Sharon Dijksma, a leading parliamentarian of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) wants to penalise educated stay-at-home women. A highly-educated woman who chooses to stay at home and not to work that is destruction of capital, she said in an interview last week. If you receive the benefit of an expensive education at societys expense, you should not be allowed to throw away that knowledge unpunished."
  • Sex and Marriage in the City?

    03/20/2006 8:29:35 AM PST · by dson7_ck1249 · 113 replies · 2,415+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3.20.2006 | Jennifer Roback Morse
    You know the old saying about having a hammer and everything looking like nails? I was reading an article in the Journal of Law and Economics about why housing prices in Manhattan are so high, and I thought, "Omigosh! The answer to the demographic implosion." Since my hammer happens to be sex and marriage, even an economics article reminds me of sex. So bear with me. Ill explain what the article had to say about housing prices. Then Ill tell you what it has to do with sex...
  • German leaders worried by low birth rate

    03/19/2006 9:44:02 PM PST · by Murtyo · 26 replies · 801+ views
    RTE (Irish Public Broadcasting) News ^ | 19 March 2006 22:53 | RTE News Staff
    Political leaders in Germany have vowed to push through new policies to encourage Germans to have more children after alarming new data showed the country is at the bottom of the world's birth rate rankings. Figures issued by the Federal Statistics Office on Friday estimated that the number of children born in Germany in 2005 reflected the lowest birth rates per woman in the European Union and the lowest total since the office began measuring births in 1946. A separate demographic study published last week by the Berlin Institute for Population and Development put Germany last in the global rankings...
  • Children have no value (birth rates and pension)

    02/25/2006 5:37:25 PM PST · by -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=- · 29 replies · 815+ views
    Steve Janke ^ | fed 25, 2006 | steve janke
    One the issues that faces most Western countries is the cost of government-sponsored pensions. For most countries, there is a real concern that the next wave of retirees may drain much from the plans, while the shrinking work force will be forced to pay in much more as a result. In the worst case, there are worries that these plans may become insolvent. But frankly, this cannot come as a surprise. And the reason is simple -- thanks to socialized universal pension plans, children have no value. This might seem a bit of a leap, so let me explain. Children...
  • Vatican Cardinal: "We are realizing the worst prophecies of aging and demographic implosion" [EU]

    02/01/2006 12:42:24 PM PST · by dukeman · 7 replies · 497+ views ^ | 1/31/06 | John-Henry Westen
    ROME - The UK Ambassador to the Vatican got an earful from a Vatican Cardinal at a Rome conference ten days ago for refusing to acknowledge facts about fertility decline and its serious implications. Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, the President of the Pontifical Council on the Family was the keynote speaker at the conference titled "The Family in the New Economy: Reflections on the Margins on Centesimus Annus". The conference, sponsored by the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, was also addressed by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, a Senior Fellow in Economics at the Institute. Morse presented...
  • Its the demography, stupid

    01/01/2006 2:52:39 PM PST · by twntaipan · 122 replies · 9,505+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | Jan 2, 2006 | Mark Steyn
    Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the western world will survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most western European countries. Therell probably still be a geographical area on the map marked as Italy or the Netherlands probablyjust as in Istanbul theres still a building called St. Sophias Cathedral. But its not a cathedral; its merely a designation for a piece of real estate. Likewise, Italy and the Netherlands will merely be...
  • It's the Demography, Stupid The real reason the West is in danger of extinction.

    01/05/2006 5:28:55 AM PST · by Bushwacker777 · 67 replies · 1,785+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 4 | BY MARK STEYN
    "The design flaw of the secular social-democratic state is that it requires a religious-society birthrate to sustain it. Post-Christian hyperrationalism is, in the objective sense, a lot less rational than Catholicism or Mormonism. Indeed, in its reliance on immigration to ensure its future, the European Union has adopted a 21st-century variation on the strategy of the Shakers, who were forbidden from reproducing and thus could increase their numbers only by conversion. The problem is that secondary-impulse societies mistake their weaknesses for strengths--or, at any rate, virtues--and that's why they're proving so feeble at dealing with a primal force like Islam....
  • It's the Demography, Stupid The real reason the West is in danger of extinction.

    01/04/2006 4:55:37 AM PST · by Toaster tank · 68 replies · 3,886+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | January 4, 2006 | MARK STEYN
    Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes
  • Packaged baby food in Russia from niche to mainstream

    09/29/2005 12:56:27 PM PDT · by jb6 · 4 replies · 484+ views
    AROQ ^ | 29 Sep 2005 | Elena Ruiu
    Retail sales of baby food in Russia will reach US$371m by the end of 2005, up by 10% in current value terms compared to the previous year. International manufacturers are moving into this lucrative market as demographic changes drive demand. Elena Ruiu, Packaged Food Analyst at Euromonitor International, investigates. The positive performance of baby food sales in Russia is being driven by the improving birth rate, which increased by 16% over the 1999-2004 period, and more importantly by the growing number of children born to women over 30 years of age, living in urban areas.Russian women are focusing on their...
  • No kids please, we're selfish

    09/19/2005 3:15:03 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 638 replies · 9,107+ views
    Guadian [books] ^ | 17 September 2005 | Lionel Shriver
    The population is shrinking, but why should I care, says Lionel Shriver. My life is far too interesting to spoil it with children. ___ Meet the Anti-Mom. A story of motherhood gone dreadfully wrong, my seventh novel, We Need To Talk About Kevin, has drawn fire from Catholic websites for being hostile to "family", while grotesque distortions of the book's underlying theme ("It's all right to hate your own child, and if they turn out badly it's not your fault") have spored from article to article like potato blight. Devastated mothers send me confiding letters detailing horror stories of offspring...
  • Japan's virgin wives turn to sex volonteers.

    06/03/2005 3:08:18 PM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 30 replies · 926+ views
    The Gaurdian ^ | April 4 | Justin McCurry
    "Local authorities, meanwhile, are devising novel ways to increase fertility. In the town of Yamatsuri women will receive 1m yen if they have a third child, and in Ishikawa prefecture families with three children will get discounts at shops and restaurants. The absence of children in so many homes is having an impact. Fun parks are closing and there are signs that the "exam hell" teenagers go through to secure places at top schools and universities is less of an ordeal because the competition is less fierce. The divorce rate has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, with more...
  • An Italian lesson for Europe

    05/08/2005 1:28:33 PM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 9 replies · 489+ views
    Guardian ^ | Sept 26, 2004 | Will Hutton
    "For Italy is suffering a baby bust; in 2004, its population is starting to decline. Even if Italian men and women start to form more families earlier and have more babies in the immediate future, Italy's population is set to drop from today's 58 million to some 44 million by 2050. If there is no recovery in the birth rate, its population will fall even further."
  • Falling birthrate heralds economic and cultural crash

    01/02/2005 11:53:23 AM PST · by ken21 · 41 replies · 1,961+ views
    ap ^ | jan. 1, 2005 | carl honore
    an. 1, 2005, 9:24PM Italians are prodded to go forth, multiply Falling birthrate heralds economic and cultural crash By CARL HONOR Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle Foreign Service Associated Press Pope John Paul II blesses one of 22 newborns at the Vatican's Sistine Chapel in Janurary 2003. As Italy's birthrate falls to one of the lowest in the world, the Roman Catholic Church and the country are urging parents to be reproductive. RESOURCES DECLINING PARENTHOOD In many nations, birthrates have fallen low enough to generate concerns of a demographic collapse. The sharpest declines are in Europe and Asia. A fertility rate...
  • What if 'they' stop coming

    04/20/2004 6:38:58 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 36 replies · 238+ views
    North County Times ^ | 20 Apr 04 | Raoul Lowery Contreras
    They keep coming, men and women from rural Mexico, to North County to work in the flower fields of Carlsbad, the nurseries of Rainbow, the avocado groves of Fallbrook and sundry jobs throughout the area. Soon, however, we will see fewer of them coming to work. Wishful thinking? No. The supply of Mexican emigres to the United States will shrink in coming years. Hooray, some say. Others, "Be careful what you wish for; it may come true." In a Wall Street Journal, Joel Millman writes about the plunging Mexican birth rate, a Mexican export industry fueled by the North American...
  • Troubling Boom in Babies

    05/28/2003 9:21:05 AM PDT · by gubamyster · 62 replies · 915+ views
    LA TIMES ^ | 05/28/03 | Carla Rivera
    <p>Poverty and boredom in the Central Valley are pushing teen birthrates far above norms, further testing an economically fragile region.</p> <p>PARLIER, Calif. -- Patty Rodriguez was hardly prepared for the consequences when she began having sex. Her older boyfriend had her convinced that nothing would happen. Besides, many of her Parlier High School girlfriends were sexually active and they hadn't gotten pregnant.</p>
  • Europe shrinking as birthrates decline

    03/27/2003 3:40:28 PM PST · by MadIvan · 53 replies · 418+ views
    The Times ^ | March 28, 2003 | Mark Henderson
    EUROPES population will continue to decline for decades even if birthrates improve significantly, researchers have calculated. Trends towards smaller families and later motherhood mean that there are too few women of childbearing age to reverse the decline in the near future, according to an Austrian study. The year 2000 marked a turning point, with the populations momentum becoming negative; there will be fewer parents in the next generation than in this one. At present 1.5 babies are born for every European Union woman, when two births are required for the population replacement rate to be maintained. Even if women started...
  • Persistent Drop in Fertility Reshapes Europe's Future [The Death of the West]

    12/26/2002 6:50:59 AM PST · by twas · 84 replies · 1,109+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/26 | FRANK BRUNI
    On a recent night at the Blue Elephant recreation center here, a clutch of parents watched adoringly as dozens of 3- and 4-year-olds sprinted through a colorful playroom, bounced on the cushioned floor or doodled on drawing pads, aglow with creative pride. It was Italy as outsiders still imagine it: child-worshiping and family-loving. But there was something wrong with the picture. Most of the parents were gazing at one, and only one, child. That was true of Gianluca Valenti, who said that giving his son any siblings would be too exhausting and expensive, and of Barbara Lenzi, who said that...