The population of Greece is likely to decrease by 2.5 million within the next 27 years, which means that the average age in the country will increase.
Such conclusions have been reached in the recent study by the Laboratory of Demographic and Social Analyzes of the University of Thessaly that was conducted by professor Byron Kotzamanis, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The study noted that while Greece has presented the dramatic picture, the exact opposite is happening on a global level, after according to another study of Kotzamanis, the world’s population is increasing sharply, thus raising fears of overpopulation.
The same notes that the world’s population, which was only one billion in 1800, exceeded 8 billion in November last year and continues to increase, estimated to reach ten billion shortly before the end of the century, based on the projected scenario.
The Hellenic Statistical Authority, ELSTAT figures of 2021 that were presented last December revealed that the population in the Hellenic Republic amounts to a total of 9,716,889 people in comparison to 9,904,286 registered in 2011, thus revealing that a decrease of 187,397 citizens was noted, while emphasizing that drastic measures should be taken.
The research revealed that “demographic population aging will not only not be halted by 2050, but its rates are expected to accelerate,” while emphasizing that the phenomenon of aging within aging will accelerate, meaning that the older persons will live even longer.
This could cause difficulties after there would be not enough workforce between the ages of 18 and 65 in order to cover the pensions of the elderly with their contributions.
According to Kotzamanis study conducted with the help of Giorgos Kontogiannis, Demographer of the University of Thessaly “direct intervention in population events can only be achieved through immigration, and in this direction the State is called upon to take measures to strengthen the working-age population and stop aging”.
Despite the fact that there have been six different scenarios in this regard, the reduction of the permanent population in Greece in the next 35 years is expected to continue.
As the study reveals by 2035, the population in Greece will range between 9.5 and a total of 10.4 million. At the same time, in 2015 the population was 10.9 million, meaning that the population will decline from 450,000 to 1.4 million people in comparison to 2015 figures.
The study notes that estimates are more ominous regarding 2050.