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Poland’s population shrinks fifth year in row

PR dla Zagranicy
Alicja Baczyńska 26.07.2016 14:06
The Polish populace is in decline for the fifth year in a row, daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna alarms.
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By end-June, the country’s population numbered 38,422,000, dropping by 15,000 compared to six months before, and by 27,000 year-on-year, according to preliminary calculations of the Central Statistical Office (GUS).

The numbers continue to dwindle despite the fact Poland’s baby boom generation, born between 1979 and 1984, is having kids of their own, the paper writes.

Demographers say the downward trend continues because the number of deaths in Poland outpaced births by nearly 9,000 in the first half of 2016.

GUS figures show that some 191,000 children were born in the first six months of 2016, which is 10,000 more year-on-year.

“The reason behind the uptick is probably the decision to have children among many thirtysomething women, who have so far delayed the step to pursue their education, careers, or because of the difficult situation on the labour market,” says demographer Agata Zygmunt, from the University of Silesia.

Also, more Poles have decided to tie the knot between January and end-June 2016, with numbers reaching 74,000, growing by 5,000 y/y. (aba)

Source: Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

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