Poland’s population is steadily declining despite pro-family policy

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s population fell again to just under 37.7 million in June despite returning migrants, the state statistics office said Tuesday.

A preliminary report from Poland’s Statistics office says there were around 130,000 fewer Poles in the European Union country at the end of June compared to a year ago.

It was one of Poland’s highest falls since 2010, when the population exceeded 38.5 million, despite a bonus policy for families with many children launched by the right-wing government after taking office in late 2015.

In the first six months of 2023, there were 34 more deaths than births per 10,000 residents, compared to the ratio of 21 last year.

There were also around 14,000 fewer live births this year compared to the same period in 2022, despite a pro-family policy and a low unemployment rate, estimated at around 5% in June.

There continues to be an increase in the number of emigrants returning to Poland, according to the report. But apparently it hasn’t helped reverse the national downward trend.

The preliminary report did not provide an analysis of the data.


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