Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Another drop infertility rates

Many Arab countries have even dipped below replacement fertility rate, that is the fertility rate required for a population to maintain itself, usually 2.1 children for every woman. These Arab countries may as well become barren states, with a growing ageing population, a shortage of labour, and plummeting national populations. The threat of depopulation is real.

Between 1975 and 1980, women in all Arab countries had a total fertility rate of seven children per woman, which was far exceeding the world average of 3.85. Today, only three Arab countries, Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen, have a total fertility rate above three.

With the exception of Sudan and Yemen, all Arab countries have exceeded the world's current average life expectancy of 71.9 years.

The life expectancy in most Arab states, except Yemen, is now close to 80. However, Inhorn says there is no social safety net for these ageing populations as Arab states are not equipped to handle them. These elderquakes will not happen for some time, but they could prompt potential crises in caretaking.

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