Monday, June 24, 2013

Portugal hit hard by "demographic winter"

Anthony Faiola has a detailed story on Portugal’s declining birth rate, as an example of one of the worst examples of “demographic winter’ in Europe.  It’s called “Fort Portugal, a crisis in the cradle”, link here

Some countries in Europe don’t benefit from immigration in maintaining working-age populations the way the United States does.  The other danger, to some conservative observers, is that even with immigration, demographic change will threaten social stability.

Portugal’s number of live births has dropped by 14% from 2008 to 2012.

By 2030, one in four residents in the country will be over 65, threatening social welfare programs.

Phillip Longman had predicted these problems with his 2004 book “The Empty Cradle” (Book review blog, March 28, 2006). 
 
Yet, there are communities around the world where families with children are banned and where homeowners cannot sell to them, as with this case in Scotland.  

Wikipedia attribution link for Lisbon port   I visited the city in April 2001.  

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