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Armenia: Can the Government Reverse Demographic Decline?

A lone girl sits in a classroom of a renovated school in Armenia. This South Caucasus country’s population continues to decline due to sub-replacement fertility, high sex-selective abortion rate and massive out-migration. (Photo: Flore de Préneuf/World Bank)

Armenia’s government is pursuing an ambitious goal of increasing the country’s population by a third over the next two decades. It is unclear how the government intends to reach that goal, but the effort suggests the country’s leadership is trying to address growing public concern about the country’s demographic decline.
 
President Serzh Sargsyan announced the goal at the first meeting of Armenia’s newly elected parliament in May. The population, at just under 3 million today, should rise to 4 million by 2040, Sargsyan said. “Our major task for the coming decades should be a significant improvement in the demographic situation in Armenia,” he stressed.
 

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Joshua Kucera is the Turkey/Caucasus editor at EurasiaNet.org, and author of The Bug Pit. He is based in Istanbul.

Armenia: Can the Government Reverse Demographic Decline?

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