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Topics: lowest low fertility

Immigrants Flood Into Europe

“It doesn’t matter if we Spaniards do not have enough children, as long as foreign migrants come to Spain and have kids here,” the head of a major conservative Spanish think tank said to me a couple of years ago. I had suggested to him that the center-right Partido Popular—now the governing party in Spain—promote pro-natal policies. But can immigration really make up for Spain’s growing birth deficit? Since 2011, when we had our conversation, …

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Why Normal People Should Care About “Baby Busts”

  Long, long ago, when Anne’s parents were in college (sorry, mom and dad), demographers made an observation: they saw that for most of human history, even though couples were having far more than two children, mortality was also very high. The result was that populations either stayed the same or grew very slowly. Then, with the advent of modern medicine, our life expectancy doubled, and then doubled again. And, not unexpectedly, our population doubled, …

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Encouraging the Poles to Have Large Families

21 May 2007     Vol. 9 / No. 18 Dear Colleague, The Polish birthrate has plummeted in recent years, falling from 2.3 children in 1990 to 1.3 today.  Have the Poles been infected by the “white pestilence” that is decimating their neighbors?  What should they be doing to encourage large families? Steven W. Mosher President      Encouraging the Poles  (And Everyone Else) To Have Large Families As I write this, I am on my way to …

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Motherless Russia

“In general, Russia suffers from a frightening poverty in the sphere of facts and a frightening wealth of all types of arguments,” wrote Chekhov in a letter to a friend. Now, Russia suffers from a destructive poverty of a sort that she has not in a long time, of people, while she continues to groan under an increasing surfeit of social and domestic problems. Previous would-be conquerors of Russia such as Napoleon and Hitler failed …

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