Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Falling Numbers

 Scotland’s population is currently at a record high, but it is also ageing and all growth over the next 20 years is projected to come from inward migration.

The national birth rate is also falling, with the average number of children per woman falling from 2.5 in 1971 to a record low of 1.37 in 2019. For a population to grow, the rate needs to be at least 2.1.

Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Like many advanced economies we now face different challenges, such as a falling birth rate, while Brexit threatens to significantly reduce inward migration from the EU..."

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