In 1950, women were having an average of 4.7 children in their lifetime. The fertility rate all but halved to 2.4 children per woman by last year.
If the fertility rate drops below approximately 2.1 then populations will eventually start to shrink (the figure is higher in countries with a high risk of dying in childhood).
“It’s a surprise even to people like myself, the idea that it’s half the countries in the world will be a huge surprise to people.”
It’s only a surprise to those who buy into the overpopulation scare tactics.
Now, who will be paying for pensions and maintaining government services once the world’s fertility rate goes lower and below replacement as it is more and more likely going to be the case? At that point, migration won’t do anyone any good because where are you going to get migrants from and considering people like French President Emmanuel Macron* and Bill Gates are discouraging Africans from having ‘too many’ children?
*Macron’s remarks in particular were despicable.