New Zealand among most ethnically diverse countries
One in four people living in New Zealand in 2013 was born in another country.
Japanese panel proposes urgent measures
Japan is finally starting to sit up and take notice of its fertility dilemma.
USA’s childless women
More evidence of the drastic social changes that the USA has undergone in the last 40 years.
Will demography mean the United Kingdom soon overtakes Germany?
As the European Union continues to be weighed down by recession, Great Britain will emerge more powerful.
The childfree life - hurray?
Is life really better without those pesky anklebiters?
No food today, but plenty of condoms
I opened the newspaper a couple of weeks ago to read the headline that Australia will be doubling an aspect of its foreign aid to $50 million to assist the poor women of the world. What a wonderful idea. Perhaps the aid will be going towards vital medication to women in Sub-Saharan Africa; perhaps food and vitamins to women in South Asia; or perhaps it will pay for education and training in more effective farming methods? No. The money will go completely towards ‘family planning’. And not just our $50 million, add to that half a billion dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with a total amount from worldwide governments and the private sector of $2.6 billion.
UK “fertility remains high”
Remember when the archetypal family was Mum, Dad and 2.4 kids? Apparently in the United Kingdom, far from 2.4 children being the norm, a fertility rate of 1.94 children per woman in 2009 is a “high” fertility rate, at least according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Is low fertility bottoming out?
The received wisdom among demographers and other social sciences is
that as countries develop economically and socially their fertility
rates decline. However, a recent article in Nature1 has
shown that at higher levels of development, as measured by the UN’s
Human Development Index (HDI), the fall in fertility goes into reverse.
Could this be the answer to the problem of ageing populations?
Britain’s new baby boom
Demographers tend to be control freaks who get nervous if the
population rises above or falls below some ideal benchmark -- zero
growth, for example. But people tend to procreate -- or not -- with
reckless disregard for demography. In Britain the average birth rate
fell to 1.63 in 2001, but since then it has leapt to 1.96 (2008) --
nearly back to “replacement” level.
Welcome to Demography Is Destiny. We launched this to counter two media memes: that humans are a cancer which is destroying our planet and that world population is spiralling to unsustainable levels. The real story is that intelligent and inventive humans will rise to the challenge of climate change and that our real problem is the coming demographic winter. The editors of Demography is Destiny are Marcus and Shannon Roberts, who live in Auckland, New Zealand. Send them your comments and suggestions.