Micro-census: Fewer children in Germany than in the rest of Europe Germany is low in children. This first result of the most recent census (“micro-census”) was published this week by the Federal Statistical Office. Then, the proportion of the population under the age of 18 is located at 16.5%. Germany is the country with the fewest children and young people within Europe. In particular the identified development of children is remarkable. Since 2000, the number of children and young people in the old Federal States by 10% has fallen thus, in the new even to 29%. Parental allowance, full bodied presented plans for all-day schools and more child care, the numbers speak a clear language: fewer and fewer children living in Germany.

Micro-census: Less children in Germany than in the rest of Europe than the EU average of 19% are under-18-year-olds expected the Scandinavian countries with its still good just in the area of reconciliation of children and professional social policies. But also our neighbour France is us with 22% You say children share the population ahead – would like to wonder where, but usefully, all children born in France French are automatically. No matter however which are relevant in particular for child poverty in Germany. “One thing is undisputed for decades: people especially tend to have children, if they assess its future prospects fundamentally positive and children not as adverse factor” understand. These are of course purely subjective, very personal assessments, which are nevertheless alone decisive. There also the umpteenth export World Championship in a row does not help. Child poverty still is another result of the microcensus 15% more depressing.

Of the 13 million children in Germany, over 15% of poverty are threatened. Statistically speaking every sixth child lives total nearly 2 million children in families with a year net income of under 11,000. This is of course not to be lost in a global sense, but very probably in the German reality. Criticism of the A study of the UN children’s Fund, UNICEF had practiced recently already living conditions of many children in Germany. And the numbers of this study in part have been rightly criticized, one of the main criticisms of the UNICEF is now confirmed by the results of the population census: it occurs in Germany no effective fight against child poverty. UNICEF study on child poverty in part because confirmed the value of 15% of endangered or living in de facto poverty child poverty is unchanged since the beginning of the new Millennium or even slightly increased – and that even though there are less needy children in absolute terms. This balance of stagnation ashamed maybe even more than the absolute numbers. Because it means one thing above all: society and politics in Germany the problem facing poverty in children quite obviously indifferent. And maybe this is one of the reasons that Germany is always poorer children. On election posters we have not seen anyway, the topic of child poverty lately. Andreas Kellner…