Migration has so far saved the United States from following the fate of Europe's aging societies. But a fall in net migration has already slowed U.S. population growth and could eventually lead to a negative trend. As other global measures to boost fertility rates have so far failed, migration had proven to be "effective in sustaining population numbers," the authors of the study write. … [Read more...] about Fertility rates around the world are declining. Trump supporters won’t like the solution.
Decline fertility rate
It’s normal for fertility rates in wealthy countries to go up and down. People tend to adjust the timing of births to take advantage of a “good” year – such as one when high state benefits are offered – or avoid a “bad” year – such as one with high economic uncertainty. … [Read more...] about US fertility is dropping. Here’s why some experts saw it coming
Even the children currently being born in Italy are over-represented by immigrants, whose birthrate is considerably higher than native Italians, the study found. It is “unsurprising,” therefore, that Italian regions with the highest fertility rates are no longer in the south, as was ever the case, but in the Italian north and in the Lazio region, where there is a higher concentration of immigrants, it said. … [Read more...] about Italian Government Forecasts Demographic Plunge by 2065
While China tries to alleviate its demographic crunch, the aging society means a pension shortfall. Contributions from Chinese workers no longer cover retiree benefits, forcing the state to plug that gap. That adds urgency to Beijing’s efforts to rein in burgeoning corporate debt, given the government will need to fund its own deficits. That may also partly explain why China is keen for foreigners to step up their participation, ever so gradually, in the country’s bond markets. China’s capital markets, as I have written, are small relative to, say, the U.S. when you consider the size of China’s overall economy. China will need to develop those, too. … [Read more...] about Chinese Media Foreshadows End of Family Planning Policies
On October 15th, U.N. Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism Ikponwosa Ero issued an urgent appeal for coordinated action in southern and eastern African to tackle the uptick in attacks against persons with albinism. Independent Expert Ero noted attacks against people with albinism have been reported in six African countries since August, in addition to an increased demand for body parts of persons with albinism in the lead up to elections in several nations. … [Read more...] about Africa Update OCTOBER 22, 2015