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DEMOGRAPHIC CRISIS: Poland birth rate drops by 11%, country’s population falls by 137K in 2023
By Laura Harris // Feb 06, 2024

Poland's main statistical office has reported an alarming 11 percent decrease in births and a natural decrease of 137,000 inhabitants in its latest demographic estimates for 2023.

The figures, equivalent to the vanishing population of an entire medium-sized city in a year, show that fertility rates in Poland are dropping below 1.20 for the first time, positioning the country among those with the lowest fertility rates globally. (Related: DEMOGRAPHIC CRISIS: Declining population due to low birth rates is the biggest threat to Europe, warns Hungarian president.)

According to the data, a mere 272,000 children were born in Poland in 2023, marking a drastic 30 percent drop in births over the past six years, down from over 400,000 in 2017. This decline is attributed to an aging population and a significant decrease in the number of women of prime childbearing age.

Currently, only 475,000 Polish women are around the age of 30, a critical age for childbirth, a number that has plummeted from over 660,000 a decade ago. This, in turn, suggests that by 2027, depopulation will be inevitable, with the number of births falling below 200,000. The decline is projected to continue, with expectations that the number will shrink further to approximately 340,000 in the next 10 years.

Moreover, the results suggest that even if fertility rates were to double among 30-year-old women in the coming decade, the birth numbers would remain nearly unchanged due to the diminishing number of potential mothers in Poland's birth rate.

For Poland, population decline means higher taxes and retirement ages in the coming years.

Polish birth rate has declined 40% in 30 years

Poland has witnessed a 40 percent decline in birth rates over the last three decades, with women currently averaging just 1.4 children.

Ewa Dadalska, head of a maternity ward in the town of Wolomin, just east of Warsaw, reflects on the drastic change in deserted delivery rooms. "Just five years ago, it would have been unthinkable to have these empty rooms," she said. "At the moment, almost every day these empty beds just stand and wait for potential mothers."

Factors such as cultural shifts, fear of childbirth, health concerns for the child, fertility issues, climate change fears and challenges in finding a suitable partner amid political polarization and the influence of social media contribute to the decline in birth rates.

Agnieszka Szpila, a writer and activist with two severely disabled children, sheds light on the fears of prospective mothers.

"Women are extremely afraid of being stuck in my situation. The only person a [disabled] child can rely on is the mother. Not the society, not the country, not the system," she said. "Until my children are 18, they have school. But then, they don't have school. They will be sitting with me until the end of their lives. I can't live my life in the way I imagined," she said.

Meanwhile, others attribute the decline to economic factors, including higher interest rates, soaring housing prices and inflation. The ongoing conflict in Ukraine further exacerbate the situation, discouraging family expansion.

Learn more about the demographic crisis affecting countries all over the world at PopulationCollapse.com.

Watch the video below to find out why the global elite wants depopulation by 2025.

This video is from the Third Watch channel on Brighteon.com.

More related stories:

South Korea boosts childbirth bonuses and housing subsidies to combat plummeting fertility rate.

Kim Jong-Un TEARFULLY urges North Korean women to have more kids.

Census Bureau: U.S. population projected to begin declining by 2100.

Hospitals across the U.S. closing down MATERNITY WARDS due to staff shortages, low birth rates.

DEPOPULATION: Maternity wards across America are closing down as birth rates collapse.

Sources include:

RMX.news

Euronews.com

Brighteon.com



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