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Gdansk, Poland



The government in Poland is stepping into the issue of family life in an attempt to stave off a catastrophic drop in the birth rate in which each worker would be counted on to provide the support for one retiree, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.


“Poland was taken into a triple demographic scissors with the very low fertility rate, the significant economic exodus, especially of young people, and finally without a coherent immigration policy,” explains a new report, “Family rights and family policy in Poland,” by Marcin Kulczyk, a research fellow at the European Center for Law and Justice.


“This situation can have irreversible consequences on the structure of Polish society involving the negative influence on economics. Firstly, the low fertility rate interferes on the relation between working and retired people. Nowadays, there are two working people in Poland to one retired person. If the situation does not change, by 2060 there will be one working person for a retired one. Moreover, one third of Poles will be over 65 years old, ‘meaning that the state may struggle to provide pensions and healthcare to its growing elderly population.’


“Secondly, the current situation means the depopulation of Poland. It is estimated that in 2050 the population of Poland will drop about 4.55 [million] people (12 percent of the total population) from almost 38.5 million to less than 34 million,” the report said.


The report explained that the trend developed after the fall of communism in 1989 because of the nation’s lack of a “coherent family policy.”


When conservatives in the country were elected to power only about a year ago, several programs were developed to address the gloomy outlook.


For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.


“The new parental benefit called ‘Family 500+’ introducing direct and common allowance for the second and each subsequent child has already changed the structure of Polish family policy. Started on 1st April 2016, it is a concrete realization of constitutional public authorities’ obligations toward family and marriage as it is guaranteed in articles 18 and 71 of the Polish Constitution.


“Making families responsible for their children, this program significantly increases the income of families, notable those with one or two salaries at the minimum wage,” the report said.


Further, the nation’s “Home+” program, “conceived as a universal housing program… is addressed to different groups of people across Poland and in particular to the middle class.”


“The idea is to reduce the costs of flat construction by using grounds owned by the state treasury. Indeed, the creation of National Housing Fund, support for social housing and savings on housing accounts, are the three pillars of his new housing program.”


The report noted that in the 2015 elections, for the first time since 1989, an election committee obtained an absolute majority in the nation’s parliament.


“It is also the first time since the fall of communism that the left-wing party failed to gain any representation in the parliament,” the report said.


The new political landscape will allow “a number of possible changes inspired by the Catholic social teaching, particularly in favor of strengthening family rights and in the field of human life protection.”


The “most important reason” for the support of those now in power “is its family policy,” the report said.


For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.


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