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  • Submitted by: Camila
  • 10 / 28 / 2014

Population dynamics of Cuba is one of the biggest challenges facing the government as it is anticipated that by 2025 there will be more deaths than births. This issue was discussed by the Council of Ministers where he was raised as a serious problem that requires immediate action.

Marino Murillo, economy minister, said there would be "decreases in the total population and in all age groups except 60 years and more." He also stated that "low fertility" is due to "high levels of education, employment and social integration of women."

Some of the causes that have led to this situation are: limited access to housing, the high cost of child care, lack of support services to the family and living with older adults who also need attention, added to this the external migration balance.

The Council of Ministers adopted a policy to "encourage fertility, meeting the needs of the growing population of senior citizens, and promote the employment of efficient people for the work”. The strategy also includes "fiscal and prices policies favoring the birth and care of the elderly" but Murillo warned "it will not provide immediate results".

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