Russian Federal State Statistics Service data show that this year's natural population decline is the lowest over the past 11 years.
At the same time, the migrants' flow did not affect the situation, and the number of people in the country is still declining. The death rate exceeded the birth rate by almost 260 thousand more people in the first ten months of 2019. The last time when this indicator went this high was in 2008 when the difference between the birth and the death rates was 362 thousand people, reports RBC media.
Thus, one of the goals set in Putin's 17-point executive order, known as the «May Decrees,» which is to ensure sustainable population growth in Russia, has not been reached. The experts believe that the main reason is the decline in the birth rate recorded in 80 out of 85 country's regions, which is due to a decrease in the number of women of reproductive age. On average, women in Russia become mothers at the age of 25 to 34 years old, which reduces the chance of having a second child.
However, the mortality rate has also decreased in 2019 by 27 thousand people compared to last year. The government expects that the population of Russia will start increasing in 2023–2024.
Earlier, NEWS.ru reported that the Russian demographic decline increased.