But this week's study raises serious doubts over the impact of such policies or proposals. "Pro-natalist policies have been pursued in more than a dozen countries but the effects on fertility rates have not been large," they wrote. Instead, they argue, an increasingly large share of the world's population may have to come to terms with higher retirement ages, slashed benefits and - ironically above all - probably the most divisive issue of this century, so far: migration. … [Read more...] about Fertility rates around the world are declining. Trump supporters won’t like the solution.
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“The revamp is a sign that China will end further restrictions on childbirth and will fully relax the family planning policy,” the sociologist claimed. Another expert predicted that the government would no longer force families to abort their children starting in 2019, though Lu suggested that this was impossible because the forced abortion policy was too popular. Those who support it fear that, without giving wealthier couples rewards for having children, lifting the two-child policy will result in only poorer families with less access to contraception having more children and demanding a larger social safety net. … [Read more...] about China Replaces Family Planning Agencies with ‘Demographic Surveillance’ Department
The Italian Statistics Bureau (ISTAT) has released demographic forecasts for the country predicting a steadily declining population due to a birthrate well below replacement levels. From 60.6 million in 2017, Italy’s population is expected to fall by more than ten percent over the next several decades to just 54.1 million in 2065, ISTAT stated in its May 2018 report. This drop will occur despite increased life expectancy, which is projected to grow by 5 years for both genders, reaching 86.1 years and 90.2 years, respectively for men and women (80.6 and 85 years in 2016), ISTAT said. … [Read more...] about Italian Government Forecasts Demographic Plunge by 2065
On October 19th, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Monica Pinto concluded her first official visit to Guinea-Bissau. Special Rapporteur Pinto observed that generally the justice situation in the country is terrible and urged authorities to prioritize measures to guarantee better access to justice and to restore trust in justice institutions. Meanwhile, she recognized as a positive the Supreme Court ruling this year that declared the appointment of the country’s prime minister unconstitutional. … [Read more...] about Africa Update OCTOBER 22, 2015
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas economists estimate that immigrants and their children comprised more than half of the US workforce growth in the last 20 years and expect this group to make up an even larger percentage over the next 20 years. And, according to Pew Research Center, without a steady stream of a total of 18 million immigrants between now and 2035, the share of the US working-age population could decrease to 166 million. … [Read more...] about Without immigration, our economy is in big trouble