Refugee population set to soar as Turkey’s fertility hits critical low

Syrian refugees in Turkey are projected to have over 100,000 babies every year for the next decade, academics at Hacettepe University in Ankara told The Guardian.

Researchers estimate that 80,000 were born in 2016 and 90,000 in 2017.

“This means from now on, every year 100 thousand babies will be born and this will generate 1 million more refugees in 10 years,” the newspaper quoted Murat Erdoğan, the director of Hacettepe University’s Migration and Politics Research Centre, as saying.

Meanwhile, the Turkish population in general, is experiencing record fertility lows, with the number of children per woman now at the replacement rate of 2.1, as compared to the rate of 3 in the 1990s.

“Turkey’s population growth has stalled, and its fertility rate has declined to its lowest level since the First World War. It is also ageing,” said The Guardian.

The children being born are disproportionately born to poor or rural families, the newspaper said.


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