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The birth-to-death in European, American and some Asian countries is currently negative. This is a bad thing, but people either don't want to or cannot sustain properly a family any longer. The birthrate is roughly around 1.5 children per couple. This means that in about 80 years these countries would lose about a quarter of their current population. Most African countries are exceptions. Reasons for why "rich" countries have a negative birth-to-death ratio:

1. Reduction of salaries: This makes any family to become hard-to-support.
2. The invention of the condom: As unlikely as it may seem, this is a major problem. Most people don't marry any longer, since they can now engage in sexual relationships without procreating.
3. The lack of housing: Big houses are now very expensive, so there is no room for more than a couple or a small family.

Instead, in poorer countries (like African) have a huge birthrate, eventually reaching more than 4-5 children. Previously, they had a huge premature mortality rate, but new aide programms reduced it significantly. So the population in poorer countries might double soon.
The European birthrate is low.
by John the Eagle September 03, 2016

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