Alarmed by continuously dropping figures, some EU governments have taken drastic measures. Italy's Health Ministry launched an ad campaign two years ago to remind people that Sept. 22 was "fertility day." Other countries have sought to address the issue by focusing on education. In Denmark, for instance, schoolchildren are now taught in class that having babies doesn't only come with risks, but also with benefits. … [Read more...] about Fertility rates around the world are declining. Trump supporters won’t like the solution.
Declining fertility rates
This gap between the U.S. and other developed countries baffled demographers through the 1990s and early 2000s. Public policy choices couldn’t explain it. The U.S. maintained its high fertility rate even while being comparatively weak on “pro-fertility” policies like family leave and financial support for parents. … [Read more...] about US fertility is dropping. Here’s why some experts saw it coming
Italy’s fertility rate is less than half of what it was in 1964, the Centro Machiavelli reported in a study titled “How immigration is changing Italian demographics.” The birthrate has dropped from 2.7 children per woman to just 1.5 children per woman. … [Read more...] about Italian Government Forecasts Demographic Plunge by 2065
The Chinese market is so confident that population controls will be removed that stocks for companies that make maternity equipment and child care products soared on Tuesday. In fact, according to Bloomberg’s sources, the only real holdup in the State Council is concern that lifting the current restrictions on family size will not do enough to reverse the fertility nose-dive created by decades of harsh controls. When the one-child policy was relaxed to two children in 2015, birth rates only ticked up slightly, and then actually declined last year. … [Read more...] about Chinese Media Foreshadows End of Family Planning Policies
On October 16th, the International Criminal Court (ICC) informed South African authorities they would be given more time to explain why they failed to detain Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he visited the country in June. The ICC had initially given South Africa until October 5th to defend its decision. That deadline has now been pushed to December 31st. The response from the SCC follows a statement from South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) that South Africa will withdraw from the ICC. … [Read more...] about Africa Update OCTOBER 22, 2015