Europe turns to benefits and migration to boost birth rates – The Times

Europes shrinking and ageing populations are causing headaches in capitals across the continent. Without more babies, more workers, or both, families and governments will increasingly struggle to care for their people.

From cash-for-babies to a scramble for migrant workers, governments are experimenting with initiatives to keep their public finances and families afloat. Our correspondents examine what is working where.

Policies introduced by successive Angela Merkel governments have stabilised Germans birthrate at the European average 1.57 births per woman. But an ageing population continues to be a problem and the government believes that inward migration is the key to tackle the issue

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GermanyGermanys birth rate plummeted in the 1990s due to a slump in eastern Germany during the economic upheaval that followed unification.

But it has been recovering due to a mixture of government benefits for parents and an increase in migration in the course of the refugee crisis.

Governments under Angela Merkel, who has been in power since 2005, have sought to boost the birth rate

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