Birth rate halved in Armenia

Birth rate halved in Armenia
# 19 December 2012 10:49 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Anakhanim Hidayatova – APA. The agenda of the December 20 cabinet sitting includes the 2013 state program and list of events for its implementation aimed at improvement of demographic condition in Armenia, APA reports quoting tert.am. The number of births in Armenia has reduced twice during the past 23 years. In 1990 79,882 babies were born, in 2010 – 44,340. It is the lowest rate registered.

According to the data, in 1995 the birth rate has sharply reduced reaching 48,960 but the rate registered in 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 is almost the same as in 1995.

The goal of the government’s program is to prevent the negative tendencies and stabilize the situation.

According to the government, the low birth rate is agreed with yet unsatisfactory rate of marriages. In 2011 January-December the number of marriages was 19,706 which is 1,722 more as compared with the same span of 2010. The number of divorces has gone up by 6.4 percent.

The mortality rate is also important regarding the demography. In 2011 27,963 mortality cases have been registered.

The main issues and directions of the 2013 state program are the promotion of birth rate, especially the birth of second, third babies through material assistance, reduction of child and mother mortality rates, regulation of migration processes and smoothing the disproportion of territorial distribution of the population.

Head of the Alternative research center, economist Tatul Manaseryan told Tert.am that the program of the events is crucial and necessary. He said first of all the focus should be made on the employment of the young people: “The unemployment rate of the young people during the recent years is rather disturbing, our research center has published information that the unemployment in separate age groups reaches 60%.”

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