Albania, with half of its population over 65 years old, will be the world’s oldest country by 2100

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Albania used to have one of the youngest populations in the world, but within a few decades, it is predicted to fully reverse that trend. According to UN projections, Albania will have the world’s oldest population by 2100, with 49% of its citizens over the age of 65. Based on the increasing aging rates, socioologist Gezim Tushi finds these data concerning.

“The fact that projections show that by 2100, we will have 1.1 million people or that the average age will be 63 years means that half of the population will be elderly, which means we will have to import young workers from elsewhere.”

While INSTAT has been slow to provide data for this year, the country’s population was reported to be 2.8 million as of January 1, 2022, with an average age of 38.2 years.

The 17% drop in births this year is seen as the key factor contributing to the country’s aging, with youth emigration also playing a role. Only asylum applications in the EU and the United Kingdom hit 32,000 last year, the highest amount since 2015. Tushi, a sociologist, connects the causes of this occurrence to the country’s economic and political circumstances.

“The emigration process is ongoing, and their departure will result in a decrease in the country’s population and birth rate.” There are various aspects to consider. Political and economic insecurity are clear.”

What approach should Albania employ to combat this occurrence?

“A truly comprehensive strategy is required at this time, one that includes political components for stability, crime reduction, job market improvement and expansion, social service improvement, and a service network for mothers and families.”

All countries are predicted to have a rise in the senior population segment by 2100. In just three decades, it is anticipated that one in every four persons would be above the age of 65.