Birth rate crashes in Poland

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The birth rate in Poland has crashed from 700,000 babies born annually to around 350,000.

Adding to the Polish birth-rate woes is that there are few signs that the situation will reverse in the near future.

"The number of births has been decreasing dramatically," Deputy Family Minister Barbara Socha told the Sejm, lower house of parliament, on Thursday.

"The government will soon adopt a demographic strategy which is planned to cover all aspects of life having an impact on the fertility rate," Socha continued, adding that she had in mind both housing and flexible forms of employment.

"After the war, between 1946 and 1960, Poland experienced a post-war baby boom, with the number of births reaching around 700,000 a year," she said. "And today, there are around 350,000 birth a year."

Explaining the causes, Socha said that the falling number of women of a reproductive age was one of them. "A dozen or so years ago, their number exceeded 10 million, and now it stands at around 9 million."

"This shows that we cannot expect a birth-rate growth in the near future," she said, adding that the planned demographic strategy was designed to change this situation by means of creating good development conditions for families in Poland.