| 3 February 2023, Friday |

Will Lebanon turn into a country with a large percentage of elderly?

Over the years, Lebanese have witnessed many calamities that reached their peak during the past four years, whereby the living and financial conditions deteriorated dramatically and the individual’s monthly salary became insufficient to pay the electricity bill.

This deterioration in living conditions was largely reflected in low birth rates, and high mortality rates.

A study published by the International Information showed a drop in the growth rate of population during the years 2009-2021, as the average annual increase during the years 2009-2017 has reached 66,338 people. It decreased during the years 2018-2021 by 22.2 percent to 51,604 people.

The death rate increased in 2017 where 25,300 deaths were recorded, and this number increased to 25,597 in 2018.

The number of deaths rose to 34,725 in 2021, a rate which is considered the highest since 2009.

In contrast to this rise in the death rate, the number of births recorded a sharp drop since 2009 recording 89,850, and this number dropped to 68,130 births in 2021.

The study indicated that if the number of registered Lebanese is 5,580,000 people, the annual increase would have dropped from 1.46% to 0.6%.

Several factors contributed to a drop in the birth rate compared to an increase in the death rate. The impact of these figures on the hierarchy of the Lebanese society will be the most dangerous, so will Lebanon turn into an old country?

  • Sawt Beirut International