BERLIN, April 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The birthrate of the developed world has stopped plummeting, at least in those areas that speak English.
The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, in Germany studied 37 of the world's leading economic powers and found that Great Britain, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland have boosted their births enough to stave off a drop in population.
That conflicts with previous estimates, which did not account for the fact that women are having children later in life. This may have set those calculations off by as much as 20 percent, the group stated.
“These results suggest that the long-term fertility decline in the developed world has come to an end or at least stalled,” the study concluded. “[This] confirms that much of the very low fertility is the result of later, not less, childbearing.”
The U.S. birthrate dropped below replacement level in 2010. Much of America's booming births are attributable to immigrants, who made up 80 percent of all U.S. population growth between 2002 and 2012.
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America's teen birth rate is falling but remains the highest in the world.
Meanwhile, Japan is taking action to combat its falling birth rate. UPI reports that the government believes that “establishing better conditions for childbirth and marriage can boost Japan's fertility rate from 1.39 children per woman to 1.75.”
Professor Hiroshi Yoshida of Sendai's Graduate School of Economics and Management in Tohoku University has found that, if Japan's fertility rate does not increase, the island will have zero children in 1,000 years.