Moldova's Birth Rate Plummets: Experts Cite Marriage, Emigration

Fewer children are being born in the Republic of Moldova, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (BNS).

Official figures reveal a decline of approximately 3,000 births in 2023 compared to the previous year. Experts attribute this trend to two primary factors: later marriage and emigration. The long-term consequences of this decline are a cause for concern.

At a playground, we met Ana Bernic, a 28-year-old mother. Her son, who is one and a half years old, accompanied her. She also has a four-year-old daughter. When asked about the possibility of expanding their family, Bernic explained that she and her husband have decided to limit themselves to two children for the time being.

In an interview with Radio Moldova, Bernic highlighted the financial challenges of raising children in today's economic climate. "The costs associated with everything have risen significantly," she noted. "Children are observant and naturally develop desires based on what they see. Additionally, mothers are increasingly less prepared to stay at home with their children. Finding childcare assistance is difficult, and nanny services are prohibitively expensive."

The majority of parents interviewed expressed a similar sentiment. They believe that financial constraints make it difficult for young families to raise multiple children and provide them with a secure future.

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics indicates that approximately 24,000 children were born in Moldova in 2023. The highest birth rates in urban areas are observed among mothers aged 25-34, while rural areas see a peak among mothers aged 20-29.

Translation by Iurie Tataru

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