The future in the West: aging populations (United Nations).New York--The United Nations (Population Division, Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs) published its latest demographic projections in February 2001. The department now sees aging, not the population boom, as the main demographic problem.
After decades of promoting family-planning programs with their attendant sterilizations and abortions, the developed world in the West is beginning to experience the syndrome of below-replacement-rate birth rates.
U.N. calculations set the world's population at 6.1 billion in mid-2000, but they have scaled back the rate of increase for the future--set only three years ago in 1998-from 1.33% to 1.2%.
The contrast is between Europe and North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , on the one hand, and the "Third World" on the other, where the population is forecast to rise from today's 4.9 billion to 8.2 billion in 2050. At present, just six countries--India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nigeria--account for fully half the annual growth in the number of people.
The rich industrial nations of the West now have to face the consequences of low birth rates. Fewer children mean older populations. By 2050, the U.N. estimates that in some countries there will be two senior citizens for every child. This will result in fiscal stress, both from pension payments and from supplying social and medical services. Another problem, a declining labour force, may find a short-term solution in increased immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. , but once the immigrants adapt to the 'modern' standards of their new country, they also tend to adopt their reproductive standards--and so the problem recurs.
There is no sign as yet that these projections will inspire the U.N. or government agencies to stop funding "family planning family planning
Use of measures designed to regulate the number and spacing of children within a family, largely to curb population growth and ensure each family’s access to limited resources. " groups and encourage people in their own countries to have larger families, through such laws as friendlier tax policies.
Updates on previous stories
Brussels--The two Catholic nuns and a former Rwandan minister convicted by a Belgian court of genocide will appeal the sentences handed bown (C.I., July/August, p.36).
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Hamilton--In Toronto former U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke to a mostly Jewish sell-out crowd at the Hummingbird Centre who give him a standing ovation on several occasions. Outside, and earlier in the press, opposition came only from a few who accused Clinton of having mis-managed the Rwandan crisis. There were no references to his immoral lifestyle.
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The daughter of Christopher Dawson, Mrs. Christina Scott died peacefully in England on May 29 at the age of 79. Our contributor, Edward King, made generous use of her biography of her father ,A Historian and His World, 1984, in his three articles on Dawson (March, April, May 2001).