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Russia’s Population Drop Ends

22. January 2010 by Gregg 0 Comments

Dmitri Medvedev

After 15 straight years of declines, a recent report indicates that Russia’s population, currently estimated at around 142 million has stopped dropping and could have potentially increased by 25,000 in 2009.

 

In response, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has announced a plan to boost the population of the country, which has dropped by 6 million since 1991, even further. The plan, which includes an overhaul to the country’s education system and an effort to decrease the country’s mortality rate is being set up to fight the population drop which has been working against Russia’s plans for economic growth and have been causing major issues for Russian universities which have been seeing their attendance plummet and high schools which have seen their number of students halved in the last decade.

 

The attempts to increase the population fly in the face of recent studies which estimate a drop in the pregnancy rate for young Russian women between the ages of 20 to 29 all the way to 4.8 percent by 2020. It is thought that a major contributing factor to the lack of a drop this year has been the influx of immigrants to the country from other former Soviet countries. Although in Russia, birth of males and females are almost equal, population statistics show that there are 4 adult men for every 5 Russian women and the demographics for single Russian men to Single Russian ladies skew similarly.