YEREVAN—Experts at the United National Population Fund (UNFPA) predicted that Armenia’s population will dip to 2.5 million by 2050, going counter to population growth expectations in other countries.
“According to forecasts, the Armenian population will be 2.5 million by 2050,” said UNFPA Armenia Executive Director Garik Hayrapetyan when presenting the report Monday, World Population Day, at a news conference.
The UNFPA research showed that the majority (68.3%) of 1139 Armenian families surveyed are not planning to have another baby. 16.4% want to have one more child and 13.6% found difficulty in replying.
The survey revealed socio-economic conditions as the main reason behind unwillingness to have children. Also, more Armenian women are choosing career over family.
Expert Ruben Yeganyan noted, in turn, that the demographic situation is not in Armenia’s favor, since neighboring countries are and will be experiencing population growth. “The governmental policy is ineffective and incapable to resolve the demographic problems,” he said.