Greeks Need To Start Having Babies Again Or Face Financial Oblivion
By Tyler Durden
Authored by Narjas Zatat via Indy100.com,
People in Greece can’t afford to have more than one child, and many are opting to have none at all.
Fertility doctor Minas Mastrominas tells the New York Times that some women have decided not to conceive, and single-child parents have been asking him to destroy their remaining embryos.
After eight years of economic stagnation, they’re giving up on their dreams.
It isn’t just Greece suffering low birth rates. In fact the trend spreads to most of Europe, with Spain, Portugal and Italy also reporting dangerously low rates.
(Picture: Jakub Marian)
Why is this happening?
Unemployment continues to be a serious issue in Greece. Rates are slightly lower than in 2016 when they were 23.9 per cent, but are still very high at 23.5 per cent.
The slump has affected women more, with unemployment rates at 27 per cent compared to 20 per cent of men.
Child tax breaks and subsidies for large families have decreased, and the country stands at having to lowest budget in the EU for family and child benefits.
Women in the workforce.
During the height of the crisis, women postponed childbirth in favour of working. As the years dragged on, the rate of fertility decreased, making it biologically more difficult to conceive.