Erdoğan again calls on Turks to have at least 3 children

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday repeated a call for Turkish women to have at least three children, emphasising the need to maintain the country’s young population, independent news site T24 reported.

Erdoğan’s comments are in line with previous remarks aimed at encouraging women to help boost Turkey’s almost 80 million population.

"In every wedding ceremony I attend, I suggest at least three, if possible more, children. We are compelled to this so that we can keep the balance of this young dynamic population," Erdoğan said during a speech he delivered at a council on old age.

Erdoğan pointed out that 8.8 percent of Turkey’s population is above the age of 65 and stressed the need for younger generations to take care of their elders.

"We want offspring who live with their elders, not place them in old age homes," the Turkish president said, noting the number of seniors being cared for in old age facilities has reached 14,000 from less than 5000 a decade ago.

Turkey has one of the youngest populations in Europe, with 23.6 percent falling in the 0–14 age bracket, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).

Erdoğan has previously gone on record saying a woman’s life was “incomplete” if she failed to have offspring.