While politicians continue stepping up their efforts to promote a “Culture of Death”, the dire effects of their policies are making themselves felt: the number of children is steeply declining. So is the number of intact families.
According to a new report released by Eurostat today, the proportion of children under 15 has decreased from 18.6 to 15.6% in the time period between 1994 and 2013; in actual numbers this means that there are now 10 million less children than there were 20 years ago.
Less than one third (30.7%) of all households in the EU-28 had children in 2013 according to data from the EU labour force survey. Couples with children represented one in five (20.5%) EU households, while single adults with children accounted for 4.3% of the total number of households. Other types of households with children, for example, households where grandparents, parents and their children lived together, made up 5.8% of all households. Looking at developments since 2005, the share of EU-28 households with children decreased by more than 2 percentage points in only eight years (from 32.9% in 2005 to 30.7% in 2013), couples with children becoming relatively less frequent. The share of single adults with children was, nevertheless, higher in 2013 than in 2005 (rising from 4.0% in 2005 to 4.3% in 2013). Over the same period, the proportion of couples without children and the proportion of single adults without children rose from 24.0% to 24.8% and from 28.3% to 31.7% respectively.