Forty percent of young children in France have an immigrant background
Pierre Lellouche, politician from the Republican Party, recalled the report issued by the French national statistics office, Insee, in July 2022, according to which forty percent of young children between the ages of 0 and 4 in France are immigrants or have an immigrant background. Lellouche pointed out that France’s society, including its school-age population, is undergoing a radical change. The vast majority of immigrants to France come from Africa, the Maghreb region and Black Africa.
At the same time, the Ifop polling company published on Wednesday the results of the new survey it conducted for Elle magazine on the willingness to have children in France. According to research conducted on a nationally representative sample, one third of French women of childbearing age do not want to have children.
Ifop defined childless, healthy women between the ages of 18 and 49 as women of childbearing age. Fifty percent of the respondents who refused to have children explained their position by saying that children are not essential for women’s fulfillment and happiness, and 48 percent admitted that they do not want to take on the responsibility of becoming a parent.
39 percent cite the ecological crisis and climate change as reasons, and 37 percent are dissuaded by political and social challenges and difficulties. The danger of overpopulation deters 35 percent of them from having children. 48 percent of women who sympathized with the French Greens said that they would prefer to live without children and restrictions.
The majority of supporters of the center-right Republicans, the strongly right-wing conservative Visshahódítás party and the National Consolidation vote in favor of having children. The socio-professional classification of the respondents highlighted significant differences. While 36 percent of women in senior positions prefer to live without children, the vast majority of working-class women want to become mothers. The survey also revealed that more than half of the women raising children under the age of three stated that they sometimes regret their decision.
Cover photo: Demonstrators protest the government’s intention to dissolve the French right-wing anti-illegal immigration organization Génération Identitaire in Paris on February 20, 2021 (Photo: MTI/EPA/Ian Langsdon)
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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