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07/29/12

Rate of population decrease in Iran is faster than other countries: Official

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

The rate of population decrease in Iran is faster than other countries, an official at the organization for civil registration says. The rapid decline in population growth has prompted a study of the issue in parliamentary committees, Ali Akbar Mahzoon said.


Statistical Center of Iran

In an interview with the Mehr News Agency, Mahzoon said that statistics about birth rate and the number of the population held by the organization for civil registration matches those of the National Population and Housing Census of Iran which were released recently.

Mahzoon went on to say that if the decline in population continues and if officials don't take necessary measures to prevent it, in the future the country will experience a negative population growth.

If the birth rate stays the same, in 2032 Iran will face an aging population, so now it is the time to set the policy for the next 20 years, he opined.

According to the First Five-Year Development Plan (1995-2000) the birth rate was predicted to fall to 3.2% by 2011, however it continued to fall more and it reached 2.3% by the current year, he explained.

He said policies such as encouraging marriage and discouraging divorce among couples, revising the culture of one child per family are needed to put a brake on population decline.

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