Due to which the number of elderly is increasing in the world

The rate of elderly population in the world is gradually increasing. What the United Nations calls an ‘irreversible global trend’. One of the reasons for this is increasing life expectancy and smaller families.

According to data published by the United Nations, the population aged 65 and over will double to 1.6 billion by 2050.

In Japan, this problem has become evident. The economy is suffering. Because on the one hand the elderly population is increasing. On the other hand very few couples are interested in having children.

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It was reported in early June that Japan’s birth rate has fallen for eight consecutive years. The country sees a record low birth rate in 2023. Only 727 thousand 277 children were born.

Japan is not the only one with an aging population in Asia. South Korea is also in crisis in this regard. According to 2023 estimates, the number of children per woman in the country is 0.72. South Korea recently launched a new ministry in this regard. Birth rates have also fallen in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.

According to United Nations data, by 2050 at least 6 Asian countries will be among the top 10 countries or regions in the world in terms of population aged 65 and over. Hong Kong may be at the top in this regard.

Moreover, by 2100, Africa may be the only region where the number of senior citizens may be less than 15 percent. In this case, 30 percent can be exceeded in Europe, North America, South America and the Caribbean.

Source: CNN