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According to recent news, the birth rate has fallen for the first time in Spain, after a decade of constant and slight growth. We already knew that a good part of this growth was thanks to the immigrant population, but it seems that the economic crisis also plays a relevant role in our decision to have children or not.
The economy does not change our desire to have children, but it does slow them down, at least for a while! We all want our children to arrive in good times in which we can ensure stability and in which we can meet all the needs that a child requires. It is a great responsibility to have a child and it is normal that the tendency is to slow down or slow down our biological clock, especially if we are living situations of unemployment and lack of assistance to the family and birth. The economic crisis makes it difficult for young couples of childbearing age to become independent or to access a home, a fundamental requirement to see the family grow.
In addition, these moments are not the most indicated to risk our work in favor of motherhood, especially when the future is uncertain and the domestic economy depends entirely on one of the couple's salaries. Children and work, unfortunately, are not always compatible! For all this, it was to be expected that after a period of emergence, the birth rate would contract again, a fact that always entails damage to society and the economy. The media point out that this decline may be due to two main causes: the first is that in Spain there are fewer women of childbearing age, since in the eighties there was also a lower birth rate. Today, therefore, there are fewer women who can be mothers. The second cause is that women of childbearing age choose to have fewer children. It is also observed that currently foreign women are much more integrated in our country and, therefore, adopt and make their own the social trends of the rest of the Spanish. Thus, although the children of these women still account for 20.6 percent of births in Spain, they have decreased by 6 percent, as had already happened with Spanish women of origin. These are statistical data, large numbers, that do not always reflect our personal reality, but that, without a doubt, are understandable and expected for us. How long will these demographic trends last? Time will tell. Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site
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