CULTURAL SUICIDE IN THE EU--DISAPPEARING YOUTH POPULATION & ONE DIVORCE EVERY 30 SECONDS
"There are currently more elderly people than children living in the EU, as Europe's young population has decreased by 21 percent - or 23 million – in 25 years, 10 percent of which in the last ten years alone."
One of every 25 EU citizens is over 65 years old. In Italy one out of every five citizens is over 65. Italy also has the least young people at 14.2%.
But the greatest loss of young people is in Spain, where the young population has diminished by 44% from 1990 to 2005.
"Despite these figures, the EU population has grown by 8.2% over the last 27 years, now reaching almost 500 million. This paradox can mostly be explained by an ever increasing number of immigrants coming to the EU."
Acccording to the study, in the last year alone, 75% of the population growth in the EU resulted from immigration.
"France and the Netherlands are the only member states where the natural population growth has been higher than the immigration inflow. In Greece, Spain and Italy birth rates have reached a critical level of 1.28 to 1.34 children per family, while among the new member states, none but Cyprus has a birth rate of above 1.30.
If the sad birth rates are not enough --it gets worse. There is one divorce every 30 seconds in the EU.
"From 1980 to 2005 the number of marriages in Europe decreased by 22.3 percent, while divorces increased by 55 percent in the same period."
Spain is in the worst shape of all EU member states with a 183 percent increase in the divorce rate in the last 25 years.
"Currently, a couple divorces every 30 seconds in Europe and over 13.5 million marriages affecting more than 21 million children ended between 1990 and 2005 in the enlarged EU, according to the document."