By the middle of the XXI century, Greece will lose almost 20 percent of the country's population compared to the beginning of the 2000-ies, say German researchers.
According to the forecast of the Berlin Institute for Demography and Development, which was published by the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, by 2050 in Hellas there will be no more than 8,9 million inhabitants, whereas now the number of citizens is about 11 million people.
The downward demographic trend is explained by the deep economic crisis, in which Greece has been living for more than 6 years. The rigid measures of budgetary savings introduced by Athens at the request of international creditors led to massive unemployment, as well as a significant decrease in the standard of living of the population.
Sociologists note that the most negative economic phenomena hit the young generation. Among the Greeks without work remained almost 50 percent of people under the age of 25 years. Including this factor led to a collapse in the birth rate during the crisis (an average of 4 percent annually) and mass emigration of young people abroad.
Rapid population aging is another problem that Greece will face. According to German scientists, in 30 years Greece will become the first country in the European Union with the largest number of pensioners in relation to working citizens.