Baby Boom in Poland

More Babies in 2014

More Babies in 2014

Despite an overall negative birth rate, the population of Poland has increased by 22,000. According to Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS), the number of new births reached 186,900 in the first half of 2014, which is 3% more than in the same period last year. It is the first time since 2010 that GUS has recorded an increase in the number of births, albeit a modest one. It is expected that this tendency will hold for the rest of the year because the number of births has been increasing month on month in 2014. “Perhaps we owe this increase to the fact that many people in their thirties decided that they cannot postpone having children any longer,” says Dr Piotr Szukalski, a demographer from the University of Łódź. 2014 promises to be better than the record low observed last year when only 370,000 children were born. Moreover, GUS reported that the number of deaths has decreased by 7% as compared to 2013. As a result, the overall birth rate was negative in 2013. Despite these figures, the overall population of Poland has increased by 22,000 (0.1%), because more people arrived in Poland from abroad as permanent residents (approx. 23,000) than left the country.

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