Globalisation reducing birth rates: German study

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28 June 2005, BAMBERG - Young people in Europe and North America are avoiding marrying and having children because of lower-grade jobs under globalization, according to a German study published Tuesday. Hans-Peter Blossfeld of Bamberg University said today's working conditions made young adults unwilling to enter long-term relationships or start a family. They were the losers from globalization. After completing their education, they had to show greater flexibility than in the past, accepting lower startin

28 June 2005

BAMBERG - Young people in Europe and North America are avoiding marrying and having children because of lower-grade jobs under globalization, according to a German study published Tuesday.

Hans-Peter Blossfeld of Bamberg University said today's working conditions made young adults unwilling to enter long-term relationships or start a family. They were the losers from globalization.

After completing their education, they had to show greater flexibility than in the past, accepting lower starting salaries or part-time jobs only. He said the effect was most noticeable in Germany and southern Europe.

Professor Blossfeld said birth rates had also been falling in eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

Ireland was the sole exception, with the state attracting investors by reducing taxes on business. Since the late 1990s Ireland had come close to full employment and both marriage and birth rates had been on the rise, he said.

The study involved 28,000 young people in 11 European nations, the United States, Canada and Mexico.

DPA

Subject: German news

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