Cuba's population falls 2 years in a row
Cuba's government experts expect the island's population to continue a
downward trend, dropping by 77,000 people in the next 20 years. The
population has fallen for two years in a row.
Posted on Tue, Mar. 11, 2008
BY WILFREDO CANCIO ISLA
El Nuevo Herald
For the second consecutive year, the population of Cuba decreased in
2007, according to the government's National Statistics Office, in a
trend the experts say is expected to continue until 2025.
The latest report from the statistics office showed that Cuba's
population in 2007 was 11,237,154, nearly 1,900 less than the 11,239,043
that were counted in 2006.
The last year of population growth was 2005, when the island had
Cuba has not experienced a similar drop since the 19th century, when the
population shrank as a result of the 1833 cholera epidemic, the Ten Year
War of 1868-78 and the final war of independence from 1895-98.
Government estimates predict a decrease of 77,000 people in the next 20
years, or a 0.7 percent drop from current figures.
A recent report by the Cuban government's Center for Population Studies
and Development suggests that some of the factors in the decreasing
population are families having fewer children, out migration ''and an
increased rate of mortality'' affecting both the young and people over
60 years of age.
Birthrates are at their lowest levels of the past 100 years, at 10.1 per
The fertility curve in Cuba quickly descended to 1.44 per thousand
during the economic crisis of the 1990s and has remained more or less
stable until 2007, when it hit 1.49.
''It seemed that the entrance into the 21st century would be marked by
the recovery of this indicator, but up to the present there is no
evidence in this respect,'' said the report, titled Cuba: Population
The demographic crisis is also a product of emigration.
Some 450,000 Cubans have left the country since 1994, according to the
Cuban statistics office.
U.S. estimates are that 191,000 Cubans have arrived in the United States
since 2000, 77,000 of them in the past two years alone.