Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Ukraine's Shrinking Population
Nolan Peterson, Daily Signal: Ukraine’s Population Continues to Dwindle
KYIV, Ukraine—Ukraine’s population decreased by about 170,000 people in 2016, the government reported last month, underscoring a demographic trend that began after the country declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and which threatens to derail the country’s political and economic development.
“This is a serious problem for the country,” Alex Ryabchyn, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, told The Daily Signal. “People are dying due to bad living conditions, declining environmental standards, or the war. Another problem is that the most active workforce is considering emigration.”
More people are dying than are being born in Ukraine. In 2016, every birth in Ukraine was matched by 1.5 deaths, according to a January report by the State Statistics Service of Ukraine.
By the end of 2016, Ukraine’s population had decreased by about 9.5 million from its 1993 peak of 52,244,100—a net 18 percent drop. The numbers, however, require a bit of context.
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WNU Editor: Everyone that I know who is 30 years or under in Ukraine wants to emigrate out. I am currently helping a daughter of one of my cousins who wants to immigrate to Canada (she has been trained/educated to be an ophthalmologist and she is fluent in English) .... and I know that she is going to be one of many. Bottom line .... the young are fed up with the war, the politics, the corruption, and the stagnant economy that is denying them any hope of a better life.