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Number of newborns approaches the level reached at turn of the millennium

More children are born in Germany. From 2011 to 2015, the number of newborns rose by about 75,000 to roughly 738,000. That was the highest figure since the turn of the millennium (767,000 live-born children).

The increase in births is mainly due to three developments. First, the number of potential mothers aged between 25 and 39 years rose by 344,000 between 2011 and 2015. A factor that contributed to this development, in addition to immigration, is a relatively favourable age structure. The women born in the late 1970s and the 1980s are children of the baby boomers, which means that they, too, belong to baby-boom cohorts.

Second, the fertility of the women born in the late 1970s and early 1980s has increased. A typical characteristic of these women is that they start a family very late in life. An especially large number of them give birth to children now as the current frame­work conditions are favourable. The third factor is that the composition of female immigrants has changed. As regards foreign mothers, a marked increase in births was observed especially among Romanians, Bulgarians and Syrians. It is not clear yet to what extent these developments will continue.

More information on this issue is contained in the documents on the press conference on childlessness, births and families (only in German).

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Publications

What effects does childbearing
postponement have on cohort fertility

Titelbild: Wirtschaft und Statistik

What effects does childbearing postponement have on cohort fertility in western and eastern Germany?

The birth rate in Germany has been among the lowest in the world for several decades. Politicians and sociodemographic researchers therefore have a correspondingly strong desire to obtain findings and forecasts which give grounds for optimism.

Author: Olga Pötzsch, economist

Article published in "WISTA – Scientific Journal", 2-2013

Birth order and birth interval -
new data and findings

Titelbild: Wirtschaft und Statistik

Birth order and birth interval – new data and findings

This paper gives an overview of the birth statistics data currently available, shows comparisons between various indicators regarding birth order and birth interval and finally describes the major findings obtained by means of new evaluation approaches.

Author: Olga Pötzsch

Article published in "WISTA – Scientific Journal", 2-2012

Cohort Fertility: A Comparison of the Results of the
Official Birth Statistics and of the Microcensus Survey 2008

Cohort Fertility: A Comparison of the Results of the Offi cial Birth Statistics and of the Microcensus Survey 2008

Auszug aus der PDF-Datei - Comparative Population Studies – Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft
Vol. 35, 1 (2010): 185-204

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