PTD: Why we should care about demography - Population trends in Southeast Europe

In around 30 years, formerly communist Central and Southeastern Europe have lost millions of people, probably unseen in peacetime. The Western Balkans lost 1.3% of their population in 2018 alone. Planning adequate social policies in response to demographic trends has been part and parcel of modern Western policymaking. Yet, for decades demographic issues have not been given much attention.

Demography is central not only to contemporary policymaking but also to understanding modern socio-political malaise in European societies. The answers are not straightforward, and solving the policy riddle of economic and democratic implications of population change may push European societies to test the limits of their declarative commitment to liberal values and confidence in European values.

For a compelling overview of facts on demography in Southeast Europe with contributions by Ivan Krastev, Tim Judah, Gabriela Alvarez Minte, and Marie Toulemonde, read through our newest edition of Political Trends and Dynamics: Why we should care about demography – Population trends in SEE: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/sarajevo/12902/2022-02.pdf


Disclaimer: This edition of the Political Trends and Dynamics contains a text authored by an employee of the United Nations Population Fund. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of UNFPA or the United Nations.

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