German Birthrate Hits 33-Year High. Can You Guess Why?

Spoiler Alert: Migrants

At least one Western European country's birthrate has shot above replacement level, only it's not because Germans finally had a newfound appreciation for fertility. 

According to Reuters, the wave of Middle Eastern migrants into Deutschland has led the German birthrate to its highest level in 33 years.

From Reuters:

The rate was 1.5 births per woman in 2015, up from 1.47 births a year earlier, and the highest figure since 1982 when it was 1.51. It was also the highest rate recorded since the 1990 reunification of east and west Germany.

Years of economic growth and government support have helped raise the birthrate in Germany. But the figure is still below the 2.0 births per woman that demographers define as the minimum fertility rate needed to ensure a population replaces itself.

Western Europe has some of the world's lowest birthrates, outdone only by Japan with a staggeringly low birthrate of 1.41. In Germany, twenty-eight percent of the German people are aged 60 years or over, with the second largest middle-aged population.  

In countries like Italy, the low birthrate of 1.41 has become such a problem that government sponsored PSA's were launched hoping to entice citizens into having more children. Of course, this move severely angered the country's child-hating feminists, who began decrying the campaign as a return to Mussolini fascism.

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