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.
Why fertility rates low
There are a number of possible explanations for the recent dip in U.S. The Great Recession is certainly important, and its effects linger even as the economy has recovered. A Gallup poll indicates that, for the past several years, Americans’ “satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S.” has remained substantially below levels in the late 1990s and early 2000s. … [Read more...] about US fertility is dropping. Here’s why some experts saw it coming
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
China’s state-run media was keenly interested in a Monday column from Bloomberg News reporting that Beijing is thinking about scrapping its 40-year-old family planning policy and allowing Chinese citizens to have as many children as they want. According to Bloomberg, China’s State Council – roughly equivalent to a presidential cabinet – is researching the repercussions of lifting the restrictions on family size and could announce the end of birth limits as early as the fourth quarter of 2018. … [Read more...] about Chinese Media Foreshadows End of Family Planning Policies
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