Azerbaijan may face demographic crisis: state committee
The State Committee on Family, Women and Child Issues is worried that Azerbaijan may face a demographic crisis in the future. Chairman Hijran Huseynova said the anxiety is based on monitoring conducted jointly with UNICEF.
"The monitoring showed that women are inclined to have one or two children. And the number of males is increasing. Mothers are less inclined to give birth to girls and instead have abortions," Huseynova said.
The Azerbaijani population is 8.730 million, or 1.2 percent more than in 2008. Forty-nine percent of the population are men and 51 percent - women. At present, there are 1,027 women for every 1,000 men.
Huseynova said this increases the number of adult generations and decreases young generations.
"The whole world is experiencing this tendency at the moment. It is lower here than in Western countries. But we should take relevant measures to prevent a demographic crisis," Huseynova said.
Huseynova said families are inclined to have less children as women spend more time on their careers.
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