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Report: China Considers Economic Incentives to Make Couples Have Children

Chinese state media noted on Wednesday that at least one province in the country is considering offering financial rewards to couples to incentivize them to have children, following an unsuccessful campaign to increase the country’s birth rate that began with a loosening of the previous one-child policy.

Newborn Babies Sleeping In Hospital Nursery. (Photo by: Tommaso Di Girolamo/AGF/UIG via Getty Images)

German Childbirths Rise Due to Mass Migration

The number of childbirths in Germany has declined for years but a recent report has shown a rebound as migrant women accounted for almost one in four mothers in the country in 2016.

BRYANSK, RUSSIA - MARCH 8, 2017: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) meets a young mother on his visit to a new cutting-edge perinatal centre. Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Alexei Druzhinin\TASS via Getty Images)

Russia May Have Turned the Corner in Demographic Crisis

Russia’s demographic crisis was put in stark terms by Ilan Berman in a Moscow Times editorial on Tuesday, as he quoted a report from Russia’s statistics agency that spoke of “extinction.”

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The Second Demographic Transition–The End of Humanity as We’ve Known It

Economist Nicholas Eberstadt lays out a bleak future in an important essay just published in The Wall Street Journal. Eberstadt makes the case that selfishness, as evidenced by the unwillingness of people to get married in the first place and stay married in the second, is setting humanity on an unknown and potentially dangerous course.