Pleun Gottenbos

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'Push' factor drives migrants away from Libya to Europe

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Africa

Fertility rate higher among over-40s than under-20s for first time since 1947

The fertility rate of women aged 40 and above has surpassed that of women aged under 20 for the first time since 1947, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).<p>The older age group had the largest percentage increase (3.4%) in fertility rates in 2015, the figures show, while the younger …

Demographics

Migration crisis balloons in northern Italy as other EU nations close borders

With the Balkan route closed, migrants from Africa and the Middle East are arriving en masse in Italy – and getting stuck there.<p>Como, Italy — …

This interactive map shows where the world's migrants are from and where they’re going

The US is the country with the most international migrants in the world, at 46 million people, while as a region, Europe is top of the table with 76 …

Migration: Fact versus fiction

Migration continues to dominate political debate in many countries. Rightly so: the issue affects economies and societies worldwide. But public …

Economics

Why Italy’s “Fertility Day” is backfiring

Aging populations and declining birthrates are a demographic concern of many developed countries, but Italy’s take on how to solve the problem has …

European Union

Why we should have fewer children: to save the planet

Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having children.<p>NPR correspondent Jennifer Ludden profiled some of my work in procreative ethics with an article entitled, “Should we be having kids in the age of climate …

Climate Change

23 shocking photos that show just how crowded China has become

China's population was approaching 1 billion when it established its one-child-per-family policy in the late 1970s. But in the fall of 2015, China announced that the policy would be dropped because of unintended consequences, including a skewing of the population toward males and a disproportionate …

Japanese experts cast doubt on poll linking sexless singles to low birth rate

Japanese experts have challenged a survey’s claims that “celibacy syndrome” is a credible cause of the country’s low birth rate and that young Japanese people are alone in showing less interest in sex.<p>A survey published last week of Japanese attitudes towards sex caused a stir with the claim that …

Japan

The waiting game: Aboard the Mediterranean's migrant rescue boats

<b>A rescue mission in the Mediterranean is a waiting game. Going to the aid of people risking the secretive and dangerous crossing to Europe requires planning and patience.</b><p>I spent eight days at sea with one such mission, launched in August by the charity Save the Children. It is one of eight or nine …

Human lifespan has hit its natural limit, research suggests

Although more people reach old age each year, the ceiling for the human lifespan appears to be stuck at around 115 years, study indicates<p>Humans are unlikely to ever blow out more than 125 candles on their birthday cake, according to research that suggests that our lifespan has already hit its …

Biomedicine

Fertility rate in Germany rises to 33-year high

The fertility rate in Germany has risen to a 33-year high in a sign the country has turned a corner after years of decline in the rate of births.<p>In 2015 the fertility rate in Germany was 1.5 children per woman – 56 newborns per 1,000 women more than in the previous year. The last time authorities …

Demographics

How migration has enriched the UK’s booming food culture

The subject has become a key issue in the Brexit debate: who gets in and who has to stay out. And what will Britain look like if we put up insurmountable barriers to people from other countries and cultures who want to live and work here?<p>The Conservative government has already been tightening up …

Students

Migrant deaths in Mediterranean hit record in 2016 - UN

<b>At least 3,800 migrants have died or are missing in the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 - the deadliest year on record, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said.</b><p>It said this was despite a significant drop in migrant crossings compared with 2015, when 3,771 deaths were reported.<p>Smugglers were now more often …

Refugees in Morocco set sights on Europe | Morocco

On a dirt trail leading to Morocco's Bolingo camp, shepherds tend their flocks, fruit vendors sell their wares and children play in the streets.<p>Beyond the treeline, between a mountain and an olive grove, lies a permanent settlement of hundreds of refugees from sub-Saharan Africa - all aiming to …

These two maps will change how you think about the journeys of migrants and refugees

Politicians across Europe have talked about the arrival of refugees and migrants in 2015 and 2016 as if it were an unprecedented “event”, a single …

Human Rights

Population growth is not necessarily a disaster, if we handle it right

There are potential ‘demographic dividends’ from growing populations if we pay attention to the lessons of history<p>By 2030 (the deadline for the world’s ambitious sustainable development goals) the global population will be an estimated 8.5 billion people. Twenty years later – just 34 years from now …

Geography

Italian hotels offer free stay for couples who conceive

<b>A group of hotels in the Italian city of Assisi are offering a free holiday to couples who conceive there.</b><p>The Fertility Room project, started by the local tourism councillor, is an attempt to boost local travel and the country's flagging birth rate.<p>Couples who produce a birth certificate showing …