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Germans Don't Wants Kids, Migration

According to a study by the Federal Institute of Population Research (BiB), more and more Germans do not want to have children. The study found that 14.6 percent of all women and 26.3 percent of men between 20 and 39 said they did not want offspring. At the same time, a large majority of those questioned said they did not want increased immigration to Germany. In 1992, only 9.9 percent of women and 11.8 percent of men in the same age range rejected the idea of having children, and the number of young men without kids has more than doubled in the past 13 years. The study results have worried Interior Minister Otto Schily, who said: "We must strengthen the value of children, of families, and of more cooperation between the generation in Germany." Otherwise, he added, the country runs the danger of strengthening the society's egotistical tendencies. The study also found that 42.5 percent of those living in rural areas did not support further immigration to Germany. Among city dwellers, that number was 26.8 percent.

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