According to Vladimirstat, from January to April 2022 in the Vladimir region were born 2759 children, which is 375 people or 12% less than the same period last year. The birth rate in the region has been declining for several years. So, in 2018 in January-April were born 4198 inhabitants of the region, which was 34% more than the current figure.
A similar bleak picture can be seen throughout Russia. According to the Institute of Demography, there are now 1.49 children per woman (a minimum of more than two is needed to reproduce the population), and the figure is projected to drop to 1.12 by 2027.
Russia’s birthrate collapsed in April 2022. According to demographer Alexei Raksha, in addition to long-term causes, anti-vaxxers also contributed.
“People ran to get vaccinated, and anti-vaxxers frightened women: saying that the vaccine negatively affects the development of the fetus. And many of those who were vaccinated were reluctant to have children. That’s why this April the number of births dropped by 10% compared to last April. But this failure is temporary; the situation was better in May,” the scientist told Moskovsky Komsomolets.
In the near future, the negative factors reducing the birth rate will be the crisis due to the events in Ukraine, the demographer believes.
Because of the high mortality rate at the beginning of the year, the number of deaths in January-April 2022 was higher than last year. A year earlier 8,463 people died in the first quarter, this year – 8,605 citizens. For comparison, in 2018 the number of people who died during this period was 7,572.
In the first quarter of 2022, the number of deceased exceeded the number of births in the Vladimir region 3.1 times, and the natural population decline for four months was 5,846 people, which is equivalent to the population of the whole village Volginsky or Stavrovo.
Compared with the previous year the number of marriages in the region increased by 3.9% and the number of divorces decreased by 6.2%. Nevertheless, there were 79 more divorces than marriages.