Lukashenka: Population growth is national security issue

Аlyaksandr Lukashenka, 14 December 2018. Phot.

President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has held a session to discuss the demographic situation and the support of families with children on Tuesday.

“As far as the demographic security is concerned, we are facing the same problems as the majority of countries all over the world. These are lower birth rate and bigger natural population decline. If we do not take preventive measures, such trends as population decrease and aging, as specialists predict, will become event stronger by 2040,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka.

According to him, ‘exceptional’ measures have been taken to support families with kids, e.g. paid three-year childcare leave, preferential loans for multi-child families and family capital program.

However, the Belarusian tasked the officials with estimating the efficiency of these measures as well as their contribution to increasing the country’s birth rate.

“Population increase and the growth of its labour potential are the issues of national security, the stability of our state, the well-being of future generations,” he added.

In accordance with official statistical data, there was a decline in 2018: the population of Belarus decreased to nearly 9.476 mln.

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