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Payments failed to stop fertility decline in North Macedonia

In North Macedonia, it was noted that the birth rate has decreased by 20% over the past ten years. If in 2010 24,296 babies were born, in 2020 – only 19,000.

According to the Macedonian branch of IA Koha, the decline in the birth rate began in 2015, when 23 thousand babies were born. At the same time, the birth rate for the period from 2010 to 2021 decreased from 13 in 2001 to 11.8 in 2010, and then to 9.2 (the number of births per 1000 people) in 2020.

The number of families receiving payments for the third and fourth child has decreased. In 2020, there were 2,475 fewer of them. Municipalities are trying to increase fertility by offering payments after the birth of the first child or even for each child, but these measures have not been effective enough.

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