The latest report from Europe’s main statistics agency suggests that the European financial crisis has had an impact on birth rates across the continent since 2008, data supported by evidence from European demographic experts and a U.K.-wide parenting forum.
The report entitled “Towards a ‘Baby Recession’ in Europe?” carried out by Eurostat, a statistical body of the European Commission, investigated fertility trends in 31 European countries since the start of the region’s economic crisis in 2008 and found a correlation between the recession and falling European birth rates across the majority of EU countries.
“In 2008, several European countries entered a period of economic crisis, usually featuring a fall in gross domestic product(GDP). From the start of the recession, the total fertility rate started to decline across Europe,” Eurostat senior statistician Giampaolo Lanzieri wrote in his report.
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