Shrinking and Aging Population Poses Problems for Germany

Emigration is up and the birth rate is dropping in Germany, where people are starting to worry about what a shrinking and aging population will mean for the country's future.

Germany knew its birth rates were falling. But new research shows that more people are moving out of the country than in, which is causing some to worry about how long social services will be able to last on the funds available from the working class.

"With its graying population, the country's cradle-to-grave welfare system could become unaffordable due to a dearth of working-age people to keep the system going. And the country seems to be failing to either attract enough immigrants or produce babies fast enough to dispel fears of future demographic disaster.

Only two weeks ago, hopes of a government-created baby boom were dashed by the latest birth rate figures. The Federal Statistics Office revealed that despite heavy investment in maternity and paternity pay and other family-friendly policies, the birth rate was actually declining in Germany, with 651,000 children born in 2009, fully 30,000 less than in 2008."

Full Story: Graying Germany Contemplates Demographic Time Bomb

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Comments

Oh fer chrissake!

Yes, rapid swings in population can destabilize a country if they are not managed well. Can't anyone talk about this stuff without breathless warnings of "demographic time bombs?"

Human nature and time bombs.

Can't anyone talk about this stuff without breathless warnings of "demographic time bombs?"

People fall back on old ways in the midst of paradigm shifts.

Best,

D

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