High unemployment leads to fewer births, but there might be a reason it’s worse in Greece.
here are just a few countries in the world that have experienced a stronger population decline in recent years than Greece. The number of live births in the Mediterranean nation has decreased dramatically, and since 2009, the country’s fertility rate has hit a low range of 1.1 to 1.3, according to the Greek National Center for Social Research.
Many experts and politicians, including former health minister Adonis Georgiadis, have pointed at the country’s crippling economic crisis to explain the declining rates, arguing that the risk of poverty discourages couples from having children.
But in a conversation with HuffPost Greece, demographer Peter McDonald said he believes the declining number of live births does not directly relate to poverty as much as it relates to unemployment among women.