.- Responding to a new study from Spain's National Statistics Institute (NSI), the Spanish Federation of Large Families said that the country's decreasing birth rate will soon lead to âan aging populace.â The organization then called on the government to âtake family policy seriouslyâ and to prioritize the family, which is âalone capable of energizing the economyâ amidst the financial crisis.
The federation, which represents one million families, said the NSI data from 2008 shows the countryâs birth rate fell by five percent, âmarking the first time in ten years that there has been a drop in the number of births.â
Eva Holgado, president of the federation, said that amidst the current financial crisis, âonly the family can energize the economy and keep the economic and social machine active.â The family is what âcontributes future workers and taxpayers,â he added.
âThe government needs to take this issue seriously and make a strong and courageous commitment to support the family, encourage new births and support those who already have children,â she said.
âThere is practically no aid for the family in Spain,â Holgado warned, adding that Spain needs to look to France, which has successfully raised its birthrate to the highest in the European Union without a resulting decrease in the number of women in the workforce. He explained that this âmeans women donât have to choose between work and family, but rather they can combine both because they can count on appropriate economic, social and employer support.â