Halting Russia's population collapse
- Found this morsel today and thought I'd share...if it was posted before I
didn't remember! Worth another look anyway, even if for the standard
natalist propaganda and the underlying expectation that growth is not just
necessary, it's inevitable and/or ordained.
Best quote from the article: "Russians don't like foreigners" (by way of
explaining how the current immigration policies won't work!)
(I only copied selected sentences, the article is here: April 5,2009
Demographic experts say Russia's steep population decline could have serious
consequences for the economy.
"The numbers are frightening," says Sergei Zakharov, from the Institute of
Demography at Moscow's Higher School of Economics.
By 2050, Russia's population could shrink from the current figure of 142
million people to 100 million, according to a United Nations sponsored study
published last year.
When BBC Brasil travelled to Russia as part of its series looking at where
the BRIC economies - Brazil, Russia, India and China - will be in 2020 it
found that the picture for Russia's population was bleak.
She also said that a hangover of the Soviet era is the custom that women
only had one child, and that that thinking affected how women behave today.
((How about when women are educated and participate in the economic well
being of the family, they are disinclined to have many children))
There is no easy way out for Russia as it tries to halt its population
collapse, but to do nothing could bring the country to its knees and ruin
any hope it has of joining the leading economies of the world.
(((In other words, if the policy to increase population succeeds, Russia
will be brought to it's knees as well!! No wonder there is no easy way
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