January 6, 2007

MORGENTHAU WINS:

German population continues to decline (STEPHEN GRAHAM, 1/05/07, Associated Press)

Germany's population fell for a fourth consecutive year in 2006 and recorded the biggest drop since the country's reunification in 1990, the government said Friday, days after launching financial incentives designed to stall falling birth rates.

The number of births, meanwhile, was the lowest since World War II.

At the end of 2006, the number of people living in Germany was an estimated 82.3 million, 130,000 below the total at the end of 2005, the Federal Statistics Office said.

Germany's population grew in 2001 and 2002, but has fallen each year since. From 2003-2005 the population dropped by 5,000, 31,000 and 63,000, respectively.

German officials have been reluctant to ease immigration rules to bolster the work force, despite complaints from industry that there are not enough skilled workers in some areas. Demographers and economists say the problem will only grow worse, and that an aging population will put serious strains on pension funding and on the economy for lack of workers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 6, 2007 11:56 PM
Comments

I'll bet the German population is actually growing, if Muslim immigrants are counted as Germans.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at January 7, 2007 1:02 AM
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