One in four people living in New Zealand in 2013 was born in another country.
Japan is finally starting to sit up and take notice of its fertility dilemma.
More evidence of the drastic social changes that the USA has undergone in the last 40 years.
As the European Union continues to be weighed down by recession, Great Britain will emerge more powerful.
Is life really better without those pesky anklebiters?
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.
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).
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?
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.