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Donald Tusk on demography, fertility, nurseries

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Donald Tusk at the meeting in Kleosin (Podlaskie Voivodeship) spoke about demography in Poland. He said that our country “unfortunately is in one of the worst situations in Europe when it comes to fertility rates”. At the same time, he spoke about the need to ensure decent conditions for raising a child. – This should be and will be one of the first tasks of the new government to ensure that there is not a single commune in Poland that does not have a nursery – he announced.

On Thursday in Kleosin (Podlaskie Voivodeship), as part of the KO “Here is the Future” campaign, a meeting was held with the chairman of the Civic Platform Donald Tusk.

– I want to say a few words about the problem, perhaps the most important, although we do not think about it every day – said the leader AFTER.

– Do you know how many of us there will be, Polish women and men, and to be precise, Polish citizens, in 70 years? Demography is not fortune-telling, demography is not economics, where sometimes Mr. Glapiński could be wrong every day for two years and when he forecast what will happen in a month, not in 70 years. But demographics are something where no one can fool anyone, he said.

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Tusk: Poland is in one of the worst situations in Europe when it comes to fertility

– It is more or less known what the fertility rate looks like today, how many people were born, how many mothers and fathers will be in the future, and in several decades how many grandchildren and great-grandchildren will there be – continued Tusk. – In 70 years, more or less, there will be 28 million of us. And this is assuming that different groups of people will come here one way or another – said the chairman of PO.

– Still, this decline in numbers will be so dramatic. These are international forecasts, these are studies that concern all countries, and unfortunately Poland is in one of the worst situations in Europe when it comes to fertility – he said.

To illustrate the situation, the politician showed two maps – from 2012 and 2022 – showing births and deaths in the first six months of these years in Poland.

Tusk: there must be a nursery in every commune

At the same time, Tusk said that decent conditions for giving birth and raising a child should be ensured in Poland. He added that there are almost 1,200 municipalities in Poland where “there is not a single nursery”.

– This should be and will be one of the first tasks of the new government to ensure that there is not a single commune in Poland that does not have a nursery, this is my commitment – he stressed.

– This sense of security, the sense of one’s own dignity, in my opinion, makes it particularly loud to demand respect and respect for women, also in those regions of Poland where some people confuse tradition, attachment to history with oppression towards the weaker – he said.

Main photo source: TVN24



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