October 26, 2005


EU population up due to immigration (Lisbeth Kirk, 10/26/05, EU Observer)

The EU’s population increased last year by 2.3 million (0.5%) to a total of 457.2 million - but the increase was mainly due to the immigration of 1.9 million people.

Only 400,000 came from a natural increase while six countries - Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary and Poland - saw their populations shrink.

Published on Tuesday (25 October) by Eurostat, the EU's Statistical Office, the new figures also showed that the average fertility rate - child per woman – went up slightly in 2004.

It increased from 1.48 in 2003 to 1.50 in 2004, but no EU country reached the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman.

The highest fertility rates were found in Ireland (1.99), followed by France (1.90), Finland (1.80) and Denmark (1.78).

The lowest fertility rates were found in Slovenia (1.22), followed by the Czech Republic and Poland (both 1.23), Latvia (1.24) and Slovakia (1.25).

In other parts of the world fertility rates are higher. The US recorded birth rates of (2.07), Turkey (2.20) and India (2.85).

The most important task facing Lech Kaczynski is to get that number up over two. We're dubious that it's possible.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 26, 2005 9:49 AM

And France is as high as it is only because they can't figure out how to use the contraceptives.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 26, 2005 2:31 PM

A severe depression would do it, so would a Church that had the stones to preach that children are a gift you have a duty to accept, not a bauble one declines after one has a matching pair

Posted by: Palmcroft at October 26, 2005 2:48 PM
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